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Ilfracombe C E (VC) Junior School
Princess Avenue, EX34 9LW Ilfracombe
01271 863463

Welcome to our school

Thank you for your interest in our school. This website will try to show something of the character of Ilfracombe C of E Junior School and what it provides for the children who come here. Information is important but I believe the best way to get a true feel for the school is to visit it and meet those working here. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

If you know you will be joining us then I am delighted to take this opportunity to welcome you to the family of Ilfracombe Junior School. The school is proud of being a very caring and forward-looking school. As well as being the largest primary school in North Devon we are the largest junior school in the County, which means that many of our facilities are much more extensive than would normally be found in a primary school.

Our site was originally Ilfracombe’s Grammar School, and as a result the Junior School benefits from many of the facilities of the old school. There is a large hall, gymnasium and playing field. Our quad' is a quiet area with raised flowerbeds for children to sit and play, away from the noisier, larger play areas. This playground project received an award from the Queens Anniversary Trust. The school has achieved recognition for its efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle in the Gold Award for healthy schools. The school also has specialist music and technology rooms and a library. There are also two computer suites each fully equipped with 16 computers, all with Internet connection.

The school stresses the close links between the home, the child, the class teacher and the year group. A family atmosphere of caring is encouraged and although there are many opportunities for children to enjoy mixing with the rest of the school, most of the day is spent in teaching groups of between 20 to 30 pupils.

Everyone involved in the school strives to create a friendly working environment, to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which encourages all children to develop to their full potential. The staff and governors work as a team to respond to and take a lead in the many changes taking place in education in a positive and creative manner. The school aims to provide the best possible education for your children. Every effort is made to create the opportunities that will bring out the very best in all our pupils.

I look forward to meeting you in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine Cox

Aims of the School

We believe that the children in our school deserve the best. We want our children to feel pride in coming to this school and we have high expectations of our children's work and behaviour. We want them to enjoy learning, to be self-motivated, self-directed and independent. We want to encourage them to assume responsibility for their own learning and behaviour and to work and co-operate with each other, all important life skills. We want to develop our children's self-esteem and confidence by building on their strengths so that they can reach their full potential. We want to raise their awareness of the world beyond their local area and to encourage empathy with other societies, cultures and religions.

  • To provide a caring, safe environment for all our children and staff
  • To offer a high standard of education for every child
  • To offer a broad, balanced curriculum
  • To promote the development of the whole child
  • To promote Christian values and an awareness and understanding of other religions
  • To encourage the positive involvement of the parent/carer in their child's education
  • To provide a high quality learning environment to reflect the high standards we want to attain
  • To promote positive links with the school's community
  • To build strong links with the infant school and the college to promote continuity of education


Introduction by Alison Barnes, Chair of Governors

It is with great delight that I have taken on the role of Chair of Governors at Ilfracombe C of E Junior School. This has presented itself as a wonderful opportunity for me to be directly involved in the development of our school as a 'Positive Learning Community'

But what exactly does this mean for our children's education?

It means -

  1. everyone, adults and pupils alike value the power of life long learning
  2. the taught curriculum is continually being evaluated and refined to ensure that it is both enjoyable and relevant
  3. key skills for life play a very important role throughout the school- eg. thinking skills, problem solving, reading, speaking and listening, relating positively to other people, research, etc.
  4. the spiritual and moral welfare of our pupils is continually being supported through - refection time, collective worship, circle time, health education, pastoral care, social and emotional learning centre base.

Our Governing Body is made up of:

  • four Church Foundation Governors,
  • two Devon County Council Governors,
  • five Parent Governors,
  • two Community Governors,
  • one Teacher Governor and
  • one Staff Governor.

Governors are elected to serve a four-year term. The Chairman of Governors, the Clerk, or any other Governor may be contacted at any time through the school office.

Mrs Alison Barnes, Parent Governor

Mrs Sarah McCarthy, Devon County Council

Mrs Clare Andrews, Parent Governor
Mr David Bridges, Parent Governor
Mrs Sharon Blackmore, Community Governor
Mrs Wendy Star Davis, Staff Governor
Mr Ivan Frances, Devon County Council
Preb Nigel Jackson-Stevens, Ex Officio
Mrs Lis Long, Teacher Governor
Mr Nicholas Pedlar, Church Foundation
Mrs Jane Perrin, Parent Governor
Cllr Frank Pearson, Community Governor

Clerk to the Governors
Mr Phillip Done


The governing body have adopted the admissions policy of Devon County Council. If you live outside Ilfracombe please ask about school transport - in some circumstances this may be available. A copy of the full admissions policy is available at our school office.

Admission Criteria


  1. Children living in the school's designated area, with a sibling who will be attending the school (or the linked primary-phase school) at the time of admission.
  2. Other children living in the school's designated area.
  3. Children living outside the school's designated area, but with a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission, with the priority determined on the basis of distance between home and school (i.e. the shorter the distance, the higher the priority).
  4. Other children living outside the school's designated area, with priority determined on the basis of distance between home and school (i.e. the shorter the distance, the higher the priority).

NB Distance between home and school is to be measured along the shortest available walking route.

Infants will have the right of admission to the linked junior school.

Priority may be given to the admission of pupils for whom a particular medical or social justification is demonstrated.

The admission arrangements may be modified to meet the particular requirements of a trust deed.

Where the Authority is not obliged to provide transport it is the parents' responsibility to make arrangements for, and meet the costs of, travel between home and school.

Where spare seats on the County Council's school transport vehicles or contractors' vehicles are available, these may be occupied by children not entitled to free transport on the purchase of a concessionary ticket. Adequate warning will be given to parents should the concession need to be withdrawn.

If parents are unhappy about the way in which the policy has been applied or require further information, then the Area Education Officer will be willing to discuss any concerns. An appeal procedure exists.

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