At The Ilfracombe Academy we expect our students to enjoy their courses and work in a committed way but also mature as individuals. One way of ensuring this is through our wide and varied enrichment programme.  There is the opportunity to begin Year 12 with an induction course, which includes team and character building activities and outdoor pursuits. Students have access to weekends away climbing, walking, orienteering, Ten Tors, Startrek, Exmoor Challenge. They can also apply for Outward Bound Scholarships and courses.

There are a number of opportunities for students to travel abroad. We conduct major overseas expeditions such as the Peruvian Challenge and trips to Borneo and Tanzania as well as the annual Academy ski trip. Departments organise trips too, such as the regular History visit to Dublin, Drama visit to New York and Academy sports team tours.

Regular trips are organised to London, Bath, Falmouth, Plymouth and so on, for culture, sports, conferences, university visits etc.

Students take part in music, media, fundraising, culture, shows and events, and enter for competitions and festivals throughout the country.  There is an expectation that all students will take advantage of these opportunities to make their time in the Sixth Form at the Academy rich and fruitful and to make the Academy what it is – a vibrant, active and achieving Community.


We encourage in our students a care and respect for themselves, other people and the environment. We understand that they are mature young men and women who will shortly take their place as responsible citizens in an adult world, so we give opportunities to contribute something of real value to the Academy and community. Our students run special events for the lower school, help in Primary Schools, support younger pupils in the classroom.


Students take an active part in the running of the Sixth Form. Through a charity committee, the common room committee, a sports committee, a production committee, a social committee, the university visits committee and the overarching Sixth Form Development Council they have the opportunity to make things happen and express their views. As a direct result of their efforts each year the students raise considerable sums of money for charity and support several worthy local causes, as well as organise many of the extra activities that are an essential part of the post 16 package.

Students may also join the Nation Union of Students. Membership of the union entitles them to various concessions and discounts.



14th February 2014

‘All Staff Mr and Mrs’
Mr and MrsOn the 14th of February students from across the school came to watch the Sixth Form production of All Staff Mr and Mrs, raising money for the drama department. Involving Mr and Mrs Hill, Mr Hadfield and Mr Wormley and Miss Bullamore and Mr Jennison,  the Sixth Form managed to raise £65 with over 130 students attending the event. With questions ranging from ‘who’s the worst driver’ to ‘what animal best describes your partner’ it was certainly entertaining with the end result being all staff reluctantly pied in the face! The Sixth Form would like to thank all staff and students who attended, and finally congratulations to our winning couple, Mr and Mrs Hill.
Hayley Parkin (Sixth Form Student)

29th January 2014

London Theatre Trip – One Man, Two Govners – Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Richard Bean’s Tony Award winning play, One Man, Two Govners, truly claimed our hearts with its irresistable mix of sweet sarcasm, slapstick comedy and witty one liners! Explaining the plot would take FAR TOO LONG, but what I will say is that our afternoon at the theatre was bursting with mistaken identity, hillarious charicatures, song, dance and even a smidgen of romance. A fantastic farce which made us laugh so hard our cheeks hurt. A comic masterpiece, a ‘must see’, still going strong after years of making many an audience cry with laughter. A performance thriving with energy, all set within the glorious guise of 1960’s Brighton. Does it really get any better than that? No!
Esther Rowe (6th Form Student)
It is with great pleasure that I return from London with 30 delighted A Level Theatre Studies students. One Man Two Govners really is a comic masterpiece and I feel privilaged to have taken such a great group of students to experience it. I’d even go as far to say, well worth the 10 hours spent on a coach filled with various vocal renditions of any song ranging from showtunes to pop ‘classics’.
On a serious note, the students deserve great credit for how they applied themselves and how excellently they represented the school on what was undoubtedly a very long and tiring day. Here’s to the next trip. I’ll brace myself for more showtunes!
Mr R Vale (Drama)

December 2013

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A group of students really got into the Christmas spirit this  weekend by baking some pretty magnificent cakes all of which would put Mary Berry, and even Paul Hollywood to shame! Mrs Swailes, Head of Sixth  Form, judged the competition scoring the cakes on appearance, attention to detail, taste, effort and creativity. How hard was that to judge?! They were all absolutely amazing and clearly much thought and planning had gone into their creation.  We ended up needing to draw the winner from a hat with Aminata Vandy being the lucky baker!  The cakes were then cut up and sold to raise money for the Year 13 Leavers Do. Tremendous effort by all the bakers, and lucky Mrs Swailes who got to taste them all – delicious!

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Another great effort in entertaining for charity.  Huge fun was had by all involved in either performing or spectating the show Family Fortunes held in BC1 during the lunchtime.   Sixth form students in 2 teams answered questions on topical subjects to score points.  Clearly one team did not do well enough and were ceremoniously creamed by the winning side to the delight of the spectators.  Sam McMillan made his debut as a compere and did a tremendous job.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Mr Twomey, Mr Vale and Mr Philips got roped into supporting the 6th form in entertaining students at lunchPhoto 13-12-2013 14 14 28time by presenting a version of the popular game show ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’. The show was hosted by Patrick Weller and also involved Sam McMillan, Lucy Townsend, Hannah Clark and a new (strange) member of the 6th form called Gladys.  The show culminated, as always, with the winning player delighting in pushing cream pie into the faces of the other players.  All in good fun – well done everyone, including the people working behind the scenes.


Falmouth University Visit
14 students visited Falmouth University to look at the campus and speak to students and academics.  Our students were interested in a range of subjects such as film, media, fine art, illustration, English, journalism, creative writing, dance, drama and fashion design.  They were able to see the work spaces and facilities in these different subjects as well as speak to students about work load, expectations, finances, accommodation and so on.  It was a really invaluable day.  The students also had lectures on Student Finance, Employability, a choice between Performance Studies and English/Journalism/Creative writing.  The 2 campuses were very different – Tremough being traditional and quite secluded; Penryn being very contemporary and busier as the facilities are shared between Falmouth and Exeter Universities.

The journey was long but the students kept themselves, and Mrs Swailes, amused with deep and meaningful conversations. A small satnav glitch saw us facing the wrong way down a single track, off road, and in a gabion packing site – an interesting day all round!

November 2013

Law and Film Workshop at Exeter University

Seven students attended Exeter University for a workshop entitled ‘Vengeance is mine’  the day was designed to include students who are thinking about studying either Law or Film Studies at degree level.  The day started with a lecture and then a viewing of a film called The Jack Bull.  The film is based on a true story, set in the American Wild West before statehood had been established.  The main character Meryl Redding, a horse trader, took the law into his own hands when he felt the law had let him down.  The students engaged in discussions about issues raised by the film, led by Exeter students currently studying for a law degree.  The day concluded with group presentations.  The event was a great way for our students to see Exeter University on a normal working day, engage and interact with students and academics, and to participate in high level discussions and presentations

Plymouth University Links
Our links with Plymouth University have been strengthened further recently with three events over the last three weeks.  Plymouth University sent their student ambassadors to our Next Steps Day to chat with year 9, 11 and sixth form students, issue prospectuses and answer questions.  The second was our annual campus visit for more than 70 Year 12 students.  Finally parents and students were invited to an evening presentation given by Helen Smith from the Widening Participation Department on the UCAS process, choosing a course and choosing a university.  The evening also included a presentation by Student Finance England on financing a University degree.  We look forward to being able to continue to develop these links for the benefit of many of our students looking to continue on to Higher Education and their parents who wish to support them.

Face Painting for Children in Need
Members of the A level Art group raised nearly £50 by painting the faces of other 6th form students and younger students.  Butterflies, Pudsey Bear, Avatar, and fancy moustaches were some of the designs the 6th form students were offering.