Church School Status

The Ilfracombe Academy: A Church of England Academy

(Linked to the Diocese of Exeter who is our Academy Sponsor)

What is distinctive about The Ilfracombe Academy as a Church School?

  • We have a clear set of Christian values which are known and understood by all the students and adults at the school. These were chosen in consultation with the whole school community. There are clear links with Christian teaching which are displayed prominently in the school dining hall (see below) and elsewhere. All our policies and practices are formed with these values clearly at the forefront. All adults and students seek to act by these values at all times in our dealings with each other and the outside community.
  • We have been awarded the ‘Gold Mark’ for Quality Religious Education. This is a national scheme comparing and assessing the provision of RE in different schools across the country, and is about the quality of teaching and learning, examination results, curriculum and ethos.
  • We hold weekly collective worship in year groups for all students often devised and run by the students themselves. These reflect on themes and issues arising from our school Christian values of Integrity, Responsibility, Courage, Kindness, Trust, Respect, Hope. Collective worship always include a time of quiet reflection for students to think (or pray if they want to)
  • Every tutor group engages with a school-wide weekly Reflection time once a week first thing in the morning, which again reflects our school values, as well as dealing with issues arising from current affairs. Links are made to Christian teachings, and an opportunity for quiet reflection is always offered.

Did you know that….

  • Approximately 1 million children attend Church of England schools
  • About 15 million people alive today went to one
  • There are and over 200 Church of England Secondary schools.
  • With more than 130 sponsored and 350 converter academies, the Church is the biggest sponsor of academies in England
  • Over 500 independent schools declare themselves to be Church of England schools
  • Across the country, Church of England clergy dedicate a million hours every year to working with children and young people in schools, often providing holiday and after-school activities.
  • There are 22,500 Foundation Governors in Church schools recruited, trained and supported by dioceses.
  • Each diocese runs a Diocesan Board of Education supporting Church schools, which represents an annual investment of over £15 million.

Inclusive Schools for the Community

Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of Christian faith, those of other faiths and those of no faith.

What is distinctive about a Church School?

  • A strong sense of celebration showing the school is vibrant and ‘alive’.
  • A climate where pupils and staff understand their own self-worth and are willing to take risks and learn from failure.
  • An environment where all members of the school community are encouraged to be self-aware and attentive.
  • A reflective physical space where pupils and staff can stop, reflect and recharge.
  • Collective worship which is highly valued, with time for silent reflection embedded.
  • The opportunity for pupils to plan and lead collective worship.
  • A curriculum where pupils ask big questions and teachers are confident to facilitate this e.g. ‘What does this mean to me?’ ‘How would it be if everyone behaved in this way?’
  • A sense of belonging through relationships with the wider school community and Diocesan family, e.g. acts of worship held in the community setting; clergy running some collective worship, head teacher attending Diocesan conferences.
  • Opportunities in the curriculum where a spiritual vocabulary is developed, e.g. use of
  • symbolism; myth; religious language; music; dance.
  • Opportunities for pupils to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, faiths, feelings and value that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.

SIAMS Inspection 2-3 February 2017

The school was judged to be Good with Outstanding Leadership. Click here to read the full report.

Bible teachings linked to our Christian values

Bible Verses for School Values

Examples of our Weekly Reflections held during Tutorial time: