The school that would form the seed of Joseph Clarke School first opened in 1918 and to mark the occasion, HRH Princess Michael of Kent visited today to unveil a plaque commemorating both the school's centenary, as well as its new modernisation and expansion. The Princess has a long association with Joseph Clarke School and is the patron of our charitable foundation – the Joseph Clarke Trust.
The princess previously visited almost exactly 30 years ago, on the occasion of the opening of the school's primary department, and was then greeted by then headteacher Frank Smith who who she met again today in his role as Chairman of the Trust.
During today's visit, the Princess was greeted by headteacher Isobel Cox and met staff and representatives of the Academy as well as parents, local neighbours and dignitaries including Cllr. Yemi Osho, the Mayor of Waltham Forest.
During a tour of the school, the Princess met students who showed her their work and some of the equipment that they use, including electronic Braillers.
Our visitors were given a rousing welcome by Alan Myatt, Towncrier.
Our thanks to the Princess for visiting and to all the people who helped make today possible.