Our work

Get Involved

The Robert Clack Alumni Association encourages former students to stay connected with the school, support and inspire current students to work hard and realise their potential, and create exciting opportunities to complement their studies.


The work of the Alumni Association is co-ordinated by Development Officer, Ellen Monk. Together with the trustees, Ellen acts as an interface between the school and community to create opportunities for former students to support current ones. The Alumni Association works closely with Future First – a national charity that supports state schools to develop sustainable and thriving alumni communities.


How YOU can help


It is only with your help that we can achieve our goal to give the next generation of students a ‘helping hand’ and ensure that potential and not background determines their future. Social mobility is low in the UK, not least in Dagenham – one of the country’s most deprived areas. Young people from poorer backgrounds frequently achieve worse outcomes at school, while education opportunities remain overwhelmingly dominated by those from privileged homes. It’s not right and it’s not fair. You can help change this and create a better, brighter future for Robert Clack students by:


Joining us


It’s quick, easy and free to join the Robert Clack Alumni Association. Click on https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/robertclack.


Sign and up and start getting involved in the alumni community.


Keeping updated


When you join the Robert Clack Alumni Association we will keep you updated with what’s going on in the school and how you can help. We won’t fill your inbox with junk. We’ll send you our quarterly newsletter and tell you about opportunities to support your school and inspire students to achieve their very best.




Your time is one of the most precious gifts you can give. Alumni members come ‘back to school’ throughout the year to take part in a range of exciting activities and events: encouraging students to think about options available to them after school in Skills for Life sessions and Aim Higher days in the classroom; inspiring young minds in school assembly presentations; engaging and teaching students through career specific workshops and projects that directly link to their studies; and drawing out students’ entrepreneurial streaks through the Alumni Academy programme.


Our alumni come from a range of backgrounds and study/career paths and bring a range of skills and experiences. Some of them have set up their own businesses, some of them are trades people, some of them went to university, some of them are still there, some of them left school at 16 (or before) and have worked in lots of different jobs. But they all have something in common: they were a Robert Clack student of yesterday and want to help Robert Clack students of today and tomorrow.


You can volunteer at a one off event or do something more regular. Whatever your background and whatever you do, we are interested in your story and - most importantly – so are our students.


To find out more about how you can get involved drop Ellen Monk a line at emonk@robertclack.co.uk.

We’d love to hear from you.




As budgets decrease – both within the school and households – opportunities that enrich students’ education are also declining. Dagenham is in one of the most deprived wards in the country. Families often struggle to support activities that have a cost attached to them and the school is increasingly unable to pick up the bill. Alumni can make a real difference here – making activities and events that were beginning to look impossible, possible again.


Over the past couple of years, donations from Alumni Association members and the Ford Motor Company have: rewarded and recognised student achievement through end of year prizes; encouraged ambition covering student travel costs to university open days, places at summer schools, and external conferences; and educated and inspired through funding a series of engaging Sixth Form study workshops. We’ve ‘gone global’ supporting an A Level physics trip to the world famous CERN – home of the biggest and most exciting science experiments on the planet – in Switzerland, and kitted our girls’ rugby team out in a strip they could be proud of as they made school history being crowned runners up in the Under 13s National Finals.


Alumni and Ford donations have inspired, encouraged, and educated hundreds of Robert Clack students, giving them the types of experiences often reserved for young people from more affluent backgrounds. This is just a taster of some of the opportunities that the generosity of Alumni and the Ford Motor Company have made possible. Your donation – no matter how large or small, one off or more regular – can create even more. Every penny goes directly to supporting students in the school. Nothing is spent on administration, wages, or other expenses.  If you’d like to donate to benefit students in a particular subject area – from the sciences, to food technology, sports and everything else in between – just let us know. We’d love to work with you to bring your donation alive in the school.


You can donate at: www.justgiving.com/rcdt.


You can also donate from your mobile phone by texting RCDT08 to 70070


You may also send donations by post to:


Mrs E Monk

Development Officer, Robert Clack Alumni Association

Robert Clack School

Gosfield Road


Essex RM8 1JU


Gift Aid

The Robert Clack Development Trust is a Registered Charity – number 1144985.


If you pay UK income tax or capital gains tax, we can reclaim from the Government the basic rate of tax (20% from 6 April 2008) which you have already paid on the gift. This currently works out at 25p for every £1 you give.





To join the Alumni network sign up here.


If you have any suggestions that would benefit the school and it's pupils please contact emonk@robertclack.co.uk.

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site




Tel: 020 8270 4222



(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site




Tel: 020 8270 4200