The Joseph Clarke School Trust

Our Trust comprises individuals from across Vision and Hearing Impairment Education, the world of Business as well as the local Waltham Forest Community.

Working together, they draw on their wide range of skills and experience to support Joseph Clarke School and to enhance the educational opportunities offered to the Pupils.

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Joseph Clarke School Trust - The Trustees

Frank Smith - Chairman

Deputy Head of Joseph Clarke School for 5 years, then Head for 20 years

Chair of Look London until amalgamation with National Blind Children's Society

Committee Member of ALD Life

Now retired


Isobel Bidder (née Cox) – Treasurer

Joined the Trust in April 2023

Worked for RNIB for 5 years

Special Educational Needs Teacher and Senior Leader for 23 years

Headteacher of Joseph Clarke School for three years

Now semi-retired


Roy Hooper 

First contact with Joseph Clarke School in 1985 when son attended School

Joined Trust Committee in 2004 and became Treasurer in 2006 until April 2023

42 years Commercial experience in Advertising, Marketing & Publishing


Patricia Theron

Teacher at Hawkswood School for Deaf for 28 years

Head of Nursery Department

Early Years Co-ordinator

Acting Head Teacher

Now retired 


Michael Lewis

Joined the Trust in Autumn 2005

Waltham Forest Councillor from 1974 to 2014

Mayor of Borough 2004 - 5

Engineering Design Manager for a large multinational company until retirement in 2003

Now Retired


Janet Lewis

Joined the Trust in Autumn 2005

Past Governor of Joseph Clarke School and Vice-Chairman for two years.

Mayoress of Waltham Forest 2004 - 5

Trustee of the Walthamstow Almshouses and General Charity for 27 years, Vice-Chairperson 

for 17 years until retiring in 2006

Now Retired


John Chipperfield

Joined the Trust in August 2014

Over 40 years’ experience in the Property Field

Partner of Estate Agents/Property Management Company from 1984 to 2002

Sales Consultant for McCarthy & Stone from 2003 to 2010

Now Retired


Bill Bidder

Joined the Trust in April 2023

Practising Solicitor with over 40 years' experience in Residential Development, Planning, Local Government and Urban Regeneration, acting for a number of the Country's largest volume PLC Housebuilders


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JCS Trust Golf Day Event 2023

Charity Golf Event

Joseph Clarke School Trust’s Charity Golf Day took place at Theydon Bois Golf Club on Wednesday 12th July and raised just over £5,000.

The money raised will go towards purchasing Braille related computer equipment, music equipment, organising a trip in 2024 to the Kingswood Activity Centre in Kent etc.

38 intrepid golfers participated on a glorious sunny day and the individual Stableford competition was won by Darrell Creasey.  The Texas Scramble was won by a group of Chris Mitchell, Will McDonald and John McIntytre.  The Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin winners were Tony Forecast and Jay Hill respectively.

In the evening, there was a Presentation Dinner attended by 56 people and the Trust wishes to thank Theydon Bois Golf Club for hosting the event and providing first class facilities as well as excellent meals.

Needless to say, due to the success of this year’s event, the Trust will be returning to Theydon Bois Golf Club next year.

Golf Winners Photo

Will McDonald, John McIntyre and Chris Mitchell

Texas Scramble Winners