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Mr Matthews serves on the school's Senior Leadership Team. He has responsibility for supporting the whole school community in our implementation of a vision for education that is deeply Christian, with Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' at its heart. He works closely with Exeter Diocese, St Christopher MAT, Ilfracombe Academy Governors and Senior Leadership Team, ICE Ilfracombe and the wider community to enhance and strengthen our values of Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect and Responsibility. Mr Matthews is an experienced RE teacher who has led Ilfracombe Academy to achieve the REQM Gold Award. He is a pioneering member of the LTLRE project, raising national standards in RE across all key stages and serves on the NATRE Executive. He has developed teaching resources produced by RE Today and the Church of England and is a regular conference speaker and contributor. Mr Matthews is a fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford having recently completed a Farmington Scholarship.


Year 7 Chaplaincy Team


John was born and brought up in South London and has lived in Ilfracombe for twenty-nine years.  John was lucky enough to have a very good experience of state education.  The schools he attended were places of safety, respect and happiness; they had high expectations and encouraged personal development in the widest sense.  As a teacher of secondary English for over thirty years John has been committed to providing the same opportunities for his own pupils.  Both John’s daughters were educated here in Ilfracombe. John was ordained in 2012 as a priest in the Church of England and has been the Parish Priest in Ilfracombe since 2016.  He is delighted to be involved with the Chaplaincy Team at the Ilfracombe Academy and to participate in its work for the best possible development of each of our students.  When not doing priestly things, John enjoys collecting art and antiques, cooking and entertaining and, unsurprisingly, reading!


Year 8 Chaplaincy Team


After 30 years in primary education, 15 as headteacher, Clive was shocked to be called to be a vicar! He ministered for four years, while still serving as headteacher, before going full-time as a vicar and school governor. Clive still ministers as a retired vicar based in Pip and Jim’s Church, and plays drums or guitar in the worship band. Clive enjoys keeping fit by running, walking, swimming, cycling and kayaking. He is also a percussionist with South Molton Town Brass Band, composes for them and occasionally conducts too. He is passionate about how the church, schools and community can work closely together for the benefit of all.

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Year 9 Chaplaincy Team


Mark is a Salvation Army Officer (Church Leader) in North Devon. He is interested in education and supporting young people to live life in all its fullness. Mark trained as a Secondary Art & Design teacher after completing a degree in Fine Art Painting in London. After working briefly within education in developing countries, Mark trained as a minister and became involved in school chaplaincy, governorship alongside church leadership and completing an MA in Education and Social Justice. Mark is an avid mountain biker, and enjoys surfing, kayaking, SUPing and hiking. When indoors, he paints, screen-prints, makes and generally enjoys being creative. His hope for the school is that it is a place where members of the school community experience joy, are enabled to learn who they are and are encouraged pursue fullness in life.


Year 10 Chaplaincy Team


Jonathan Smith is a husband, father of 4, and the Pastor of Brookdale Evangelical Church in Ilfracombe where he has been since 2009.  He is passionate about music, good coffee, sport, and most importantly, following Jesus.  He loves chatting about God, including tackling some of the big questions people ask about faith. He loves being able to share the peace and contentment he has in Jesus.  As a year group chaplain, Jonathan is hoping to be a part of the school's drive to enhance and strengthen the school values of Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect and Responsibility.


Year 11 Chaplaincy Team


Giles has been based in North Devon for the past 22 years, as Vicar of the Church of England parishes of Lee, Mortehoe, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Giles is married to Clare - they have 4 children, one of whom is a pupil at Ilfracombe Academy; he also has 5 adult children and a stepson from his first marriage (the 5 also were pupils here). Giles serves as a Governor of the Academy; he is excited at the great progress this school has made over the last few years, and as a Year Chaplain he's looking forward to getting to know pupils and staff, and helping to meet the spiritual needs of these young people at a formative time in their lives. In his spare time Giles likes to walk (with or without dog), listen to jazz, and go to the theatre.


6th Form Chaplaincy Team


Dave is a Baptist minister, currently serving Croyde Baptist Church.  He loves gardening and surfing. Dave is a trustee of the charity ‘Christian Surfers’ who work to support surfing communities in the UK.  Dave lives in Mortehoe with his wife Mary in an old cottage overlooking the sea.  They have three grown up children and a large part of their life revolves around their six grandchildren. Before becoming the Pastor of a Church, Dave studied at Art College and then went on train as a teacher for deaf children.  Indeed he is hard of hearing himself, so if he ignores you in the corridor he is not being rude, he probably hasn't heard you!


Christian Union


Jason Thorpe serves as a Pastor at Woolacombe Calvary Chapel.  He loves surfing (whenever he gets a chance), rugby and can be seen on the odd morning, if you are up early enough, running through Ilfracombe.  Jason has studied graphic design and fine arts and hails from Cape Town in South Africa hence the 'funny accent'.  Jason served his country in the SADF as a Lieutenant where he became a Christian.  Jason has been a Christian youth worker for 15+ years, exploring The Bible in various schools around Cape Town and now in The UK. His favourite verse in The Bible is Micah 6:8 "For He has shown you, oh mortal, what is good.  And what does The Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."


Christian Union


Chris is a husband to Emily and also has two daughters called Betsy and Audrey. He is passionate about skateboarding and is a trustee of Christian Skaters. Chris has been skateboarding for 18 years. Chris began to follow Jesus at the age of 19 and has used skateboarding ever since to support people in his role as youth pastor. His ultimate goal is to show people that Jesus loves them and wants them to know him as their deepest, most valuable treasure. Chris has been involved in youth work for 8 years now and runs a youth club in Woolacombe. Chris LOVES nachos.


Chaplain for Prayer


Jon is married to Jude; they have 6 adult children and currently 11 grandchildren! Jon taught at Ilfracombe Junior School and is probably best known for his gymnastics coaching. He then left the UK in 2006 with his family and spent 5 years as a missionary in Eswatini, establishing and running a school for orphaned children (where they adopted their 6th child). On returning to the UK he set up a charity to support this work; the Academy help by sponsoring children and sending students on trips to visit. He has a deep passion for Jesus, seeing people restored, healed and set free to experience "life in all its fullness". Jon loves strong coffee, gymnastics, rugby, kayaking and coasteering (especially the cliff jumping bit!)


Chaplain for Wellbeing


Aly is the Community Minister at the Baptist Church in Ilfracombe. She is married to Andy and mum to five children, two of whom are now grown up! Aly moved to Ilfracombe in January 2020 and absolutely loves living by the sea and exploring the town. She is on a mission to discover the best ice-cream Ilfracombe has to offer, which demands a lot of testing! Apart from ice-cream and exploring, Aly enjoys watching films and playing board games with friends and family. Aly has been a follower of Jesus since she was 15 and is passionate about helping people explore faith in him and figure out what this means for their lives. Aly particularly enjoys journeying with people who don’t feel that established Church structures work for them. Aly is excited to be supporting the school and the Mental Health Ambassadors in her role as Chaplain for Wellbeing. Promoting positive mental health is vital to human flourishing which is worked out in body, mind and spirit.  


Chaplain for Wellbeing


Karly is Mum to two girls, Zoey and Merryn, and they also have a whippet called Dougie; together they love exploring beautiful places locally.  Karly is a member of the leadership team at Encounter Church and also their Youth and Young Adults leader.  She grew up locally and has a heart and passion to see the young people in Ilfracombe reach their full potential and know how valuable and amazing they are. Karly trained as a youth leader with South West Youth Ministries and previously worked in South Devon and Bristol and is so excited to now have the opportunity to work with young people in her hometown. Until recently, she worked as a Teaching Assistant at The Ilfracombe Academy and counts it a privilege to be able to now support the work of the school by joining the chaplaincy team. As part of her chaplaincy role Karly is excited about the opportunity of working alongside and supporting the work of our Community Mentors.

Life in all its Fullness