The Year One Team

The Year One Team

Mrs Sally Davies - Team Laeder

Mrs Jannice Boot - Class Teacher

Mrs Kylie Waters - Class Teacher

Mr Anthony Fox - Class Teacher

Mrs Kirsten Sims-Walton - HLTA

Mrs Linda Hickman - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jannice Boot

I have been a class teacher here at Shiphay since I qualified in 1990. I did a first degree in Fine Art, followed by a PGCE in Early Years education.  In my time at Shiphay I have enjoyed teaching in Year 1 and Reception but have also spent some time teaching in Year 2. I especially enjoy teaching Literacy, as I have a real love for books and stories. I also love all aspects of the creative curriculum and I am also very interested in the Natural World. I have had a number of leadership roles during my time here which have included leading Lower School Team and being the coordinator for Key Stage One.  I have worked in a part-time capacity for the past 15 years and have enjoyed working in partnership with different colleagues.

I like to make my classroom a welcoming and friendly place where children are encouraged to explore and investigate together within an engaging curriculum.   I am passionate about providing every child with the opportunity to achieve their full potential, providing the children with the skills they need to become independent and confident learners.  I am really looking forward to staying in Year 1 for another year as it is such an exciting place to learn!



Mrs Kylie Waters

I began teaching in 2008 and taught in Essex for the first 5 years of my teaching career, before joining the Shiphay Team in 2013.  I have been fortunate enough to teach in various year groups but Key Stage 1 is where I love to be. I teach all areas of the curriculum, from English and Maths to PE and History, with enthusiasm and motivation. I endeavour to engage children through carefully planned activities that will inspire and motivate excellent learning.  My main specialist subject with my teaching degree was PE and I particularly enjoy outdoor and adventurous activities, as well as team sports.

I like to create a classroom environment where the children feel safe, respected and love to learn, take risks and develop into mature, confident and independent learners.  I firmly believe that a classroom should reflect a learning space that the children are proud of, involved in creating, and in which they are eager to shine and develop.


Mr Anthony Fox

I joined the Shiphay team in September 2017.  Before being appointed as a new class teacher, I previously taught in Staffordshire where I started my teaching career in 2003.  Since then, I have had the pleasure of working with children, helping them to develop into creative, reflective and resilient lifelong learners.  My personal ethos is that the most successful learning happens in an environment whereby the children feel safe, respected and where ‘risk taking’ is encouraged.  In addition to this, in my experience, the best learning also takes place when the children follow their own lines of enquiry, making learning interesting, purposeful and most importantly, fun.  I enjoy contributing to school life by being involved in extra-curricular clubs and I have also been known to enjoy a dance at the school disco too!  I look forward to meeting you all and supporting your children in becoming the very best that they can be, by providing them with the necessary tools to continue their learning journey in an ever changing academic landscape.


Mrs Kirsten Sims-Walton

I joined the Shiphay team in 2019 as a HLTA. I am a qualified teacher and have been working in primary schools for 10 years. I have a degree in sculpture and believe that the arts are a fantastic learning and therapeutic tool. I love the outdoors and lead weekly Forest School sessions in our very own forest! I have worked with families as a community artist and art therapist and ran my own summer forest school as well as teaching English as a foreign language in the local library. With the children, you will often find me creating art from nature, growing plants, splashing in puddles, telling stories and searching for bugs! I believe school should be a safe, fun and inspiring place, which encourages children to ask questions, take risks and be aspirational, while being respectful, working together and looking after each other. Where they are encouraged to learn about the subjects they are passionate about as well as acquiring the skills and receiving the support they need to allow them to reach their full potential. By becoming confident and independent, life-long learners and working hard to become whatever they wish to be!



Mrs Linda Hickman

I have been fortunate to work in Education for seventeen years, working across all of the year groups in the primary sector. I have been at Shiphay Learning Academy for five years and am currently working in Year One. I am also a member of the After School Hub.

I moved to Torbay in 2006 with my husband and three children having grown up in Wimbledon, London.At weekends I like to explore different places, walk on the beach, and spend time with my family.