Directors & Governors

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Chair of Directors

Portfolios: Standards, Learning and Schools Improvement

Dr. Sean Sweeney

  • 33 years teaching experiencing, including 19 years as a Headteacher in secondary and residential special schools.

  • Former Chair of South West Educational Leadership based at Exeter University.

  • Former tutor for NPQH and university masters degrees in education.

  •  Experience as chair of a number of Headteacher associations.

  • Over 20 years experience as a school governor.

  • Chair of a local Music and Art Festival.

 

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Vice Chair

Portfolios: Property and Health & Safety. Finance and Audit

Mr. Andrew Bailey

I have been a parent governor for two years and have three children at The Ilfracombe Academy. I am also a sponsor appointed Director of St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust with responsibility for Premises and Health & Safety.

 

I originally trained as a Mining Engineer at Bolsover Colliery and The University of Nottingham, but I have also worked in Civil Engineering, mainly involving the inspection and maintenance of high rise structures.

 

I used to be a keen potholer and climber, but now undertake more sedentary pastimes such as listening to the radio and crosswords.

 

I currently run a small farm and holiday cottage business, between Ilfracombe and Berrynarbor, with my wife and children.

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Foundation

Mrs. Pat Glover

I am now retired after 30 years of being an English teacher in various schools in England and abroad. Since being in North Devon I became SENCO and Assistant Headteacher with a responsibility for Teaching and Learning.

 

After retirement I found I still had a passion for education, so joined the governing body of The Ilfracombe Academy where I became Chair of Governors. I have 12 years’ experience as a governor, responsible for the SEND, Safeguarding, SIMG and Personnel portfolios. Although I retired from my governing role in 2018 I am happy to continue as Director.

 

I now spend my time as a coordinator for Appledore Book Festival Schools Week and I co-run the local Stanza group of the National Poetry Society. I like to walk, paint, write and play the piano but make sure I still have time for the important business of playing with my grandsons.

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Parent

Mrs. Alison Homa

I have been a resident of Ilfracombe for nearly 14 years, with my husband, running a small farm and accommodation business.  We have been self-employed for most our adult life, use many varied skills in our daily lives.  Our 3 children are currently at The Ilfracombe Academy, with one in year 9 and two in the 6th Form.

 

In my spare time I like to do various crafts, including knitting with our own wood and sewing.  I am a prolific reader, and a big fan of the Harry Potter books and all of the works of Jane Austen.  I have 3 beehives and love all things bee, including using our honey and wax.

 

I believe that every child matters and that all children deserve the best, regardless of where they live and I hope I represent them all.  I am passionate about young people and I believe that every child has a right to fulfil their potential in a caring environment with professional staff, and love being part of the team at The Ilfracombe Academy.

 

As a governor I fulfil an important role, along with my colleagues, of holding the Academy to account, and helping to make us one of the best schools in Devon.  I am also Vice Chair on the South West Schools Federation governing body.

Headteacher

Mrs. Sharon Marshall

I was born in Liverpool and moved to live in Devizes in Wilshire at the age of 11, staying there until I went to University at Kings College London to study History. I followed this by completing a PGCE in History and PE at Bristol University: my two great interests in life along-side teaching as a profession!

My teaching career began in Peterborough where I taught in two schools and became Head of History. I have been a senior leader since 2002 as Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Head Teacher and currently Head Teacher. I feel very fortunate to have thoroughly enjoyed each of these roles and have been fully focused on trying to make a difference in lives of young people in each post I have held. I believe that every child deserves the very best education in an environment which is caring and supportive. I have been extremely fortunate to work with very dedicated people, especially at Ilfracombe, where there is a complete commitment to student achievement and support on the part of the staff. My particular professional interest is sustainable school improvement, achieved in way which benefits both students and staff.

Outside of school I enjoy being active as much as possible, particularly running and cycling and find enjoying our beautiful area through outdoor activities, a great way to wind down from work.

Directors

Local Governing Body

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Chair of Governors

Portfolios: Property and Health & Safety. Standards, Learning and School Improvement. Finance & Audit. 

Mr. Andrew Bailey

I have been a parent governor for a few years and have four children at The Ilfracombe Academy. I am also a sponsor appointed Director of St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust with responsibility for Premises and Health & Safety.

 

I originally trained as a Mining Engineer at Bolsover Colliery and The University of Nottingham, but I have also worked in Civil Engineering, mainly involving the inspection and maintenance of high rise structures.

 

I used to be a keen potholer and climber, but now undertake more sedentary pastimes such as listening to the radio and crosswords.

 

I currently run a small farm and holiday cottage business, between Ilfracombe and Berrynarbor, with my wife and children.

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Vice Chair

Portfolios: Standards, Learning and School Improvement.

Mrs. Alison Homa

I have been a resident of Ilfracombe for nearly 14 years, with my husband, running a small farm and accommodation business.  We have been self-employed for most our adult life, use many varied skills in our daily lives.  Our 3 children are currently at The Ilfracombe Academy, with one in year 9 and two in the 6th Form.

 

In my spare time I like to do various crafts, including knitting with our own wood and sewing.  I am a prolific reader, and a big fan of the Harry Potter books and all of the works of Jane Austen.  I have 3 beehives and love all things bee, including using our honey and wax.

 

I believe that every child matters and that all children deserve the best, regardless of where they live and I hope I represent them all.  I am passionate about young people and I believe that every child has a right to fulfil their potential in a caring environment with professional staff, and love being part of the team at The Ilfracombe Academy.

 

As a governor I fulfil an important role, along with my colleagues, of holding the Academy to account, and helping to make us one of the best schools in Devon.  I am also Vice Chair on the South West Schools Federation governing body.

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Portfolios: Finance & Audit

Mr. Dave Addie

We moved to North Devon, Combe Martin specifically, about 8 years ago after many years in various locations around the country. A Somerset boy born and bred I had always wanted to get back to the South West so once our little ones arrived, 13 and 10 now, my wife and I decided to head back to our roots. As keen surfers, SUP riders and sailors this part of the world suited us well and I have also managed to rekindle my early years passion for rugby by coaching the Ilfracombe Sharks Junior side.

 

Having joined the governing body in June 2016 I hope to make a difference to the lives of students at Ilfracombe Academy. I believe this to be an exciting time, with the new building taking shape, and hope that my experience in facilities management, coupled with my work with local sports teams, may assist in making the best environment for the great students at the Academy.

 

I believe in the positive effect of great communication in all areas of life and am confident that the Academy will deliver its promise to help students become exceptional in any path they choose in life. Focussing on the values of Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect and Responsibility can only strengthen their foundations and underpin a happy, successful, life – I firmly believe that success is gauged on happiness in life so walk any path that works for you.

Portfolios: SEN, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding. Standards, Learning and School Improvement.

Mr. Richard Annear

My younger son is in Year 9 at The Ilfracombe Academy.

Having gained some skills and experience running small businesses as a tradesman and property manager, but most of all as a parent of two boys, I have joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor.

I use this experience to help support the inclusive, positive and effective approach the team at Ilfracombe uses. It was suggested to me that the role is that of a “critical friend” and having been helped myself by others in this way, especially when there have been difficulties to overcome, I have some understanding of this. My aim is to find good ways of doing things that are as positive and enjoyable as possible.

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Portfolios: Curriculum/Christian Distinctiveness. SEN, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding.

Mrs. Jan Gatley

I retired from 37 years of teaching in 2015, the last 17 years of which I spent at The Ilfracombe Academy. I held the position of Head of Department for PCRE for several years, being one member of a very strong department. In 2014/15 we achieved the RE gold quality mark, which recognised the importance of RE in the Academy and the wider educational community. 

 

On a more personal note I have 2 grown-up sons, 3 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. I am passionate about an excellent education being accessible to all, and teachers being fully supported. With this in mind I feel privileged to be part of the continued development of The Ilfracombe Academy.

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Portfolios: 

Mr. Dave Gregory

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Portfolios: Personnel & Staff Development. Community Relations, Communications and Admissions.

Rev. Giles King-Smith

I come from the Bristol area. After being ordained in 1988, I served in parishes in Wiltshire and Bristol before coming to North Devon in 1996, to be Vicar of Lee, Mortehoe and Woolacombe. The team I'm part of covers the Anglican churches in Ilfracombe, Bittadon, Combe Martin and Berrynarbor, as well as the three parishes I'm responsible for - so quite a bit of the Academy's catchment area!  I have a strong interest in the Academy – five of my children from my first marriage attended the Comp. (as it was then), and Clare and I now have one son in year 13 and one in year 10. I have been hugely impressed by the ethos of the school (especially by comparison with 20 years ago!) and the progress that has been made over the past few years, and I see it as an important part of my ministry to support the Academy in any way I can - not only in areas that obviously relate to the Christian faith, but also in helping to develop the caring, supportive and positive school environment.  I am a strong believer in well-resourced state education, which can allow children to develop their creativity alongside more task-orientated learning.

 

I live in Woolacombe, and can't quite believe I've had the privilege of walking the beach and the coast path for more than 20 years. I also enjoy travelling - especially to Italy and Scotland - theatre, jazz and film.

 

Portfolios: SEN, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding. Standards, Learning and School Improvement. Personnel & Staff Development. Finance & Audit

Mrs. Sharon Marshall

I was born in Liverpool and moved to live in Devizes in Wilshire at the age of 11, staying there until I went to University at Kings College London to study History. I followed this by completing a PGCE in History and PE at Bristol University: my two great interests in life along-side teaching as a profession!

 

My teaching career began in Peterborough where I taught in two schools and became Head of History. I have been a senior leader since 2002 as Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Head Teacher and currently Head Teacher. I feel very fortunate to have thoroughly enjoyed each of these roles and have been fully focused on trying to make a difference in lives of young people in each post I have held. I believe that every child deserves the very best education in an environment which is caring and supportive. I have been extremely fortunate to work with very dedicated people, especially at Ilfracombe, where there is a complete commitment to student achievement and support on the part of the staff. My particular professional interest is sustainable school improvement, achieved in way which benefits both students and staff.

 

Outside of school I enjoy being active as much as possible, particularly running and cycling and find enjoying our beautiful area through outdoor activities a great way to wind down from work.

 

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Portfolios: SEN, Vulnerable Pupils & Safeguarding. Property and Health & Safety

Mr. James O'Sullivan

I am a PE teacher and staff governor, and have been teaching at The Ilfracombe Academy since 2010. I started out as a Science teacher and then moved to teach PE. I am a very proud member of staff and have seen the school go through big changes in the right direction. I am currently Second in Department for PE, Head of the mighty Picasso house and School Sports Coordinator to the local primary schools.

 

I was born and raised in Essex, and went to University at St. Mary’s in Twickenham to play rugby and undertake a Sports Science degree. My wife was studying as a primary teacher, and we left West London together to move to North Devon.

 

I spent a lot of time in local secondary schools doing supply after my PGCE at Brunel University, and Ilfracombe College always stood out to me as a place I would like to work.  The College always appeared a friendly, hardworking and caring environment. I have only recently joined the governing body and look forward to helping to continue the upward trend of achievement and success to the school and students.

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Portfolios: Community Relations, Communications and Admissions

Mrs. Emma Stratton

I have been a Parent Governor since June 2016. Currently I have two children at Ilfracombe Academy with another due to start in the coming years. Previously in a school setting I was vice chair of a primary PTA and was heavily involved in fundraising and supporting the school, I have also worked in the charity sector for the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) on a voluntary basis. 

 

My work background is mainly in administration which spans over 20 years working with an international martial arts school, the NHS and currently within Children’s Social Care as a Service Support Manager. Education inspires me and I always say you are never too old to learn.  I studied initially to GCSE level (attending Ilfracombe Community College as it was then, for part of my secondary education), I then dropped out of an Art Diploma course at the age of 17 as it didn’t feel like the right direction for me to take.  I am a firm believer that you should enjoy what you do and life is for living so I spent a few years finding my feet in the world of employment before finding that I really enjoyed administration, thus I returned to education as a ‘mature student’ and gained an RSA Level 3 diploma in administration. I have since been back to the world of education a few times gaining a GCSE in Human Physiology and Healthcare – just because I had always wanted to do that, as well as other courses related to work. 

 

My art it seems was always meant to be my pastime and I enjoy making anything from cards to ceramics to bunting from recycled material. Most recently I have started to upcycle furniture and other home items. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of being a governor. It means a lot to me to be part of ensuring that every child is given the opportunity and support to achieve their best and be happy.

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Portfolios: Curriculum/Christian Distinctiveness.

Mr. Ian Stuart

An honours degree in Geography and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Leicester University followed my secondary education at the Perse School, Cambridge. Subsequent academic qualifications included the Certificate of Further Professional Studies (Management) from Cambridge University.

 

My teaching career spanned 20 years, all in 11-18 schools, starting with 6 years in a Berkshire Grammar School, then posts of the first Head of Geography and then the first Head of Sixth Form in a new and growing Comprehensive School in the Midlands serving mainly pupils re-housed from inner city Birmingham. This experience led to a Deputy Headship on the Suffolk coast and then 11 years as Headteacher of the Grove School, a Nottinghamshire comprehensive school of 1200 pupils.

 

In these senior management posts, my experience was very wide and varied and, in Nottinghamshire, as well as the school, included the management of extensive community facilities with a Sports Centre, swimming pool and playing fields in an innovative joint County Council and District Council initiative.

 

My subsequent career as a Schools Inspector coincided with a move to Lee. Firstly as a team member and then leading inspections as a Registered Inspector, my inspection work brought me into a huge range of schools all over England, widening my educational and management experiences extensively.

 

Throughout my life, I have always been much involved in the life of the communities I’ve lived in. In Lee, as Chairman of the village hall, I led the projects for the major refurbishment of the hall. I have been Churchwarden of the village church for many years. As well as being a Governor of Ilfracombe College for 16 years until it became an Academy, I have been a leading member of Ilfracombe Rotary Club since I came to the area. I was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the community in Lee and Ilfracombe. After a gap without a direct link with the Academy, I was very pleased to accept an invitation to become a Governor of the Local Governing Body.

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Portfolios: Curriculum/Christian Distinctiveness.

Mr. Colin Turner

A “forty-something” father of three who has lived in Ilfracombe since the 1970s.


My initial involvement with the Academy goes back to 1983 when I joined the then "Comprehensive School and Community College".  I stayed until sitting my 'A' levels in 1990, after which I left to study for an Engineering degree at the University of Bath.

I have been a resident of the town since leaving University and have subsequently been employed locally by TDK-Lambda for over twenty years. Whilst working for TDK-Lambda I attained a Master’s degree in Management & Technology.

I have been a parent governor since the Spring of 2014. Currently all of my children attend the Academy.

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Portfolios: Finance & Audit

Mr. Dan Turton

Having lived in Ilfracombe all my life I have passed through all the schools and sixth form on to become a Chartered Accountant working in the town. I have two children my daughter attends the academy and my son will in the future. I have been involved in many sports which started at this school and have gone on to represent the town at Football, Rugby, Cricket and Golf where I have made many friends.

 

I am passionate about providing opportunities for Children and this has led me to set up the Ilfracombe Sharks youth Rugby a few years ago which is proving to be a success. This passion has also led me to become a director of One Ilfracombe and was involved with its set up and I’m really proud of the work it’s doing which includes the “Out the blue” scheme and “You’re Hired”. I am also a town councillor and becoming a Governor here at the academy allows me to communicate full circle to try and ensure the children of our community are heard at all levels.

 

Being an accountant I am on the finance portfolio. I am also the treasurer of various groups around town and volunteer to help with the Cubs.

 

I had a great time at this school and now would like to do my bit to ensure those currently attending do so too.

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Worth Road

Ilfracombe

DEVON

EX34 9JB

Email: admin@ilfracombeacademy.org.uk

Phone: 01271 863427

Designated Safeguarding Officers: Mr Steve Rogers, Mrs Sharon Marshall, Mrs Sianna Clarke, Mr Rob Whitney

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