Lower School Team (N, R and Y1)

                   Welcome to Lower School!                 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our Lower School Team page on behalf of the staff and pupils in Nursery, Reception and Year One. Each team and Year Group in Shiphay have their own section on our website.  Here's where we share our learning and you can find out more about what is happening in school. 


I have been teaching at Shiphay Learning Academy since September 2017, and have taught in both Reception and Year One. Before joining the team here, I worked for three years in Totnes teaching in EYFS and Key Stage One. I love teaching in these year groups as I have a degree in Early Years, and really understand the importance of learning through play. 


Shiphay is a very special place to me as it is where I came to school. This school plays a huge part of the community and I feel lucky to be a part of it.  I think it is important to teach around the children’s interests and provide them with a range of ways to develop their learning. Learning is the foundation for a child’s education, and what I strive to do is give children a love for learning as this stays with them throughout their lives. 


From September 2020, I have assumed the role of Lower School Team Leader. If at any point you would like to contact me I can be reached via


Best wishes

Kate Rickard (Mrs)

Team Leader