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School Chaplain

Hello, I’m Steph Crossley, and I am the school chaplain. 

I am employed by CYM (Ipswich Christian Youth Ministries) and work in St Matthew’s every Monday and Tuesday. 

I will be involved in the spiritual aspects of the school’s life as well as being available for pastoral support of children and staff. 

If you would like to be part of a monthly prayer group for parents who would like to pray for the school, please email me at or drop a note with your contact details into the office.

I will be in the playground at the beginning of the day so please do come and say hello. 


Our S.A.L.T. (Share and Learn Together) lunchtime  group for children celebrates being 18 years old this year. Mrs Coltham who leads the group says

" It's been a fantastic 18 years and we have welcomed several hundred children over that time.

Together we have learnt about God, prayed together, read the bible, played games, made crafts, discussed our faith, asked questions about Jesus and learnt more about his life. We have had SALT assemblies, written to the Prime Minister and  had a visit from the M.P. for Ipswich. We have prayed for many in need across the world, raised money for Christian Aid and Tearfund by making small craft items. We have written to our sponsored child Haby, made Christmas cards for the homeless staying at The Winter Night Shelter. A few years ago we made a banner that hangs in a small church in Kenya. Most recently whilst thinking of others we sent a card to the school affected by the death of Saffie the little girl killed in the Manchester bombing. We have much fellowship  together every week and occasionally have treats our favourite is Fairtrade chocolate! We are celebrating with a party and games at the end of term. I am joined by dedicated helpers every week and we all feel the children have encouraged us in our faith too."

Celebrating 200 years of Church Schools

What Easter means to us

  • St Matthew's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School,
  • Portman Road, Ipswich,
  • IP1 2AX
  • Tel: 01473 251614
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