Chaplaincy Team

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Mr Matthews’ role as SIAMS lead includes supporting the 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, the national governing body for RE (NATRE). 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 and has recently completed a Farmington Scholarship.


ICE Youth Worker


Clare is the ICE Youth Worker and an ex-student of this school. She grew up in Woolacombe but moved away to train with Centre for Youth Ministry. She loves Ilfracombe and the surrounding areas, especially the coast path, and is partial to a game or two of Spike Ball on one of the local beaches! She is especially excited for young people to find their identity, see their potential and positively impact their community.
ICE Ilfracombe is a Christian schools and youth work organisation that aims to give every young person the opportunity to explore and understand the Christian faith. ICE stands for Initiative in Christian Education and they work in association with The Ilfracombe Academy and Church of England churches. Clare partners with school staff and local agencies to create an environment which enables young people in Ilfracombe to experience “life in all its fullness” for the common good of the whole community.

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Year 7 Chaplaincy Team


Mark is a Salvation Army Officer (Church Leader) in North Devon. He is interested in education and supporting young people and has been involved in schools in a number of ways in his work already. This began with training 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 and working within interventions alongside his church leadership and completing an MA in Education and Social Justice. Mark is an avid mountain biker, as well as 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 8 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 9 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 and Woolacombe, with a bit of helping out in Ilfracombe. Previously he served in parishes in Wiltshire and Bristol. Giles is married to Clare - they have 4 children, 2 of whom are pupils 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.


Year 10 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, I enjoy collecting art and antiques, cooking and entertaining and, unsurprisingly, reading!


Year 11 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 in Bridport, then for 10 years in Shaftesbury in Dorset. This included acting as governor in primary and secondary schools, and creating a chaplaincy team in the latter. He retired to Ilfracombe with his wife Jean, who has close family connections with our town. 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 percussionist with South Molton Town Brass Band, composes for them and occasionally conducts, too. He is passionate that the church, schools and community can work closely together for the benefit of all.


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 five grandchildren.  Dave has a special interest in relating his faith in Jesus to the environment and believes that we should all take responsibility for the world in which we live.  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 a daughter called Betsy. 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.

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