Ilfracombe Church of England (VC) Junior School

Year 5



Will Speed - Teacher


I moved to the UK from Australia in 2012 with my lovely wife. My favourite subjects are maths and music, but I also love doing science experiments. I have 3 favourite books, The Twits, You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum and the Strongest Man in Gundiwallinup – all because they are just so much fun to read. I am crazy about cricket and will talk, play or watch cricket for hours on end. I also love taking my Labrador Hetty for walks and enjoying the beautiful scenery that North Devon has to offer.




James Clatworthy - Teacher

My wife, two children and I have recently moved to Devon from Worcester, to begin a whole new adventure before they start school in the coming years. Nothing quite helps me to relax as much as a BBQ in the garden with friends. Nothing quite causes my wife stress as much as me randomly opening the cook book to rustle up one of my “surprise specialities.” Always a disaster! 




Matthew Newall - Teacher







Alice Goodman - Teacher



 Kimberley Campbell - Teacher


Having trained and taught in Scotland, I moved to Ilfracombe last year and I love it. My hopes and dreams are that all of the children in my class have an enjoyable and successful time in school.  My favourite book is 'The Gruffalo' as it was my niece's favourite book when she was little and we would read it together. I am very proud of the children in 5CA as they have been working hard and I look forward to the year ahead.



Learning Support Assistants


Shelly Couling- LSA 

My hopes and dreams for the year ahead would have to be that my two children are happy and enjoying life and that my son Max enjoys his last few terms here at the school. 

My all time favourite children's book is the Gruffalo's child :-).

Re-locating from Oxfordshire to Devon three years ago and seeing my children adapt and settle so well into Devon life makes me very proud .




Wendy Merchant - LSA 

So enjoying working with the current Year 5 children, especially in 5AV. Also taking the whole school for swimming lessons.

One of my favourite children's books is Rumpus at the Vet (Hairy McClary).

I have two children who I am very proud of ~ both working in the world of ICT ~ miss them both as they work away.



Nicky Filer - LSA


I love reading all the Roald Dahl books, especially Danny Champion of the World.

I am most proud of my children.

I hope to continue working with the amazing children that I see every day in our school



Steph Hewitt


The mystery and magic of the Harry Potter series makes them my favourite children's books.

I am most proud of completing my degree in a subject that I love.

I hope to continue working with children, giving them all of the support and encouragement they may need.



Sam Chiswell - LSA






Debbie Clews - LSA 


My favourite children’s book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I have enjoyed working with children over the years. I hope that by giving them all the support we can they have the amazing lives they wish for.