Church School Status

Educating For Wisdom

Curriculum development at the Ilfracombe Academy centres around providing students with a broad, balanced and rounded education.  We have adopted a wholeschool strategic approach to the spiritual, cultural and moral development of pupils, promoting the school values and vision statement has been at the heart of this.

We serve and support our community providing a child-centred education that reflects Christian values. Respecting the dignity and potential of each individual person and sensitive to the needs of a diverse society we strive to enhance and strengthen our values of Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect and Responsibility. These values are central to our school. We are committed to the highest standards of academic excellence; we are dedicated to providing the best possible education for all our students by developing the knowledge, understanding and skills essential for learning and leading a fulfilled life


We define curriculum as all the learning experiences of students at The Ilfracombe Academy, whether they happen in lessons, in extra-curricular activities, through homework, within the community or on educational visits. We regard our involvement in the community, and particularly with parents, as an important element of the curricular experience open to students.


By following the principles below, our curriculum combined with an Arts ethos that encourages creativity, discernment, spirituality and self- expression will help all students develop as independent learners who enjoy and value learning throughout their lives.  In order to prepare students for personal fulfilment and active social responsibility in a rapidly changing world our curriculum will:


1. Ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum: 

a. Provide students with varied learning experiences 

b. Ensure that students develop a range of learning strategies both inside and  outside of the classroom 

c. Enable students to make well-informed decisions about their futures 


2. Develop learners’ personal qualities and attitudes by: 

a. Challenging them to use positive personal qualities and attitudes

b. Allowing them to reflect on their personal development

c. Staff modelling positive qualities and attitudes and the school’s Christian values in their work with students

d. Valuing personal qualities and attitudes as highly as knowledge and content acquisition


3. Develop learners’ skills through activities that:

a. Challenge students to use the full range of skills necessary for effective learning.

b. Provide opportunities and a framework for students to reflect on the skills they have used and how they might be further developed

c. Value skills as much as knowledge and content acquisition


4. Enable students to develop knowledge and understanding through activities that:

a. Encourage curiosity for knowledge and understanding

b. Promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding as part of learning

c. Ensure students learn the knowledge and conceptual understanding relevant to different disciplines 

d. Integrate knowledge and understanding with the development of personal qualities, attitudes and skills

5. Encourage all students to achieve their full potential in terms of qualifications. To enable this we will:

a. Offer a range of qualifications which allow all students to achieve success

b. Use qualifications that have progression routes and ‘currency’

c. Promote equality of esteem between different kinds of qualifications

d. Involve students in choosing appropriate qualification routes for their own futures


6. Aim to be inclusive, accessible and challenging to all students by:

a. Allowing all students to use their strengths, while also challenging them to address areas for development and so become more successful learners

b. Recognising the value of students working together to engage with learning activities

c. Recognising the value of different curriculum activities to meet the learning needs of individuals

d. Enabling students to value the different contributions made by others e. Supporting learners with individual educational needs


7. Enable students to learn effectively by:

a. Making learning enjoyable and celebrating success

b. Helping students to understand and reflect on how they learn

c. Developing a positive climate for learning and maintaining consistently high Levels of student behaviour

d. Employing the best staff possible

e. Enabling Staff development that enhances learning and teaching

f. Providing a safe, attractive and well-resourced learning environment 


8.    Developing students’ spirituality by:

a. Providing opportunities for collective worship daily either in tutorial or in Year group assemblies

b. Providing opportunities for spiritual reflection and development during mainstream lessons focussing on our school values. Providing opportunities for spiritual development through enrichment activities, trips, visitors and visits.