As of 2015, Clark's College in Ilford, London, established in the 1800s, is closed, but the institution offered programs in secretarial training, certificates in education and liberal arts programs to support the Royal Society of Arts as well as the London Chamber of Commerce. At its Modern School, Clark's College also offered curriculum for students beginning at 11 years of age to focus on spelling, English composition, arithmetic, handwriting and the sciences.
Students at the Modern School of Clark's College were also exposed to programs in French, chemistry and physics. Clark's College was established by George E. Clark, a self-taught educator who worked in the civil service and recognized the need to educate students to pass civil service examinations.
George E. Clark began teaching evening classes to women and men in London and ultimately devoted his time to establishing Clark's College, which officially was established on Sept. 18, 1880. The college began offering correspondence courses, and students of the college were recognized in academic competitions in Europe. Clark's College students earned accolades at the Business Exhibition of 1907 in Olympia and won the Typewriting Championship of the World. Founder George E. Clark continued to focus the college's programs on preparing for civil service examinations to obtain government positions.