The Year One Team

The Year One Team

Mrs Kate Rickard - Team Leader and Class Teacher

Mr Anthony Fox - Class Teacher

Mrs Teree Phillips - HLTA

Mrs Claire Down - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackie Waldron - Specialist Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kate Rickard

I have been teaching at Shiphay Learning Academy since September 2017 in Lower School. Before joining the team, I worked for three years in Totnes teaching in Reception and Year One. I love teaching in Lower School as I have a degree in Early Years, and really understand the importance of learning through play. Whilst teaching in Totnes, I developed ideas for learning outside and love getting the class in the open space as it is such a valuable place to learn.

Shiphay is a very special place to me as it is where I came to school. This school plays a huge part of 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.



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 Teree Phillips

I have  been a Teaching Assistant at Shiphay Learning Academy since September 2019 and am currently based in Year One. I recently relocated to Torbay from Portsmouth where I worked in a primary school for 19 years. During my time there I had many roles, lunchtime supervisor, teaching assistant and HLTA. I have had the opportunity to work in a number of year groups from Year 1 through to Year 4 and more recently supporting children on a one to one basis.

I absolutely love working within the school environment and strongly believe that all children deserve to have access to the very best education experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

When not in school, you can usually find me out on a hike, somewhere beautiful, with my family and dog or sat quietly enjoying a book (Harry Potter is a favourite).




Mrs Claire Down

My three children all loved their primary school years at Shiphay Learning Academy, learning so much and enjoying many experiences and having lots of opportunities. I started working at Shiphay as a Teaching Assistant after helping out as a parent with art projects and trips.  I received so much help from everyone at Shiphay whilst my children were there and wanted to be part of that. I have worked in both Year One and Reception. It is lovely working in Lower School, we all work together as a team. In Reception, I deliver the Talk Boost programme which helps children gain the confidence to speak in groups. It’s lovely to see them enjoying their learning. I still feel like I learn something new every day.  I live locally and my family and I love hearing the children calling “Mrs Down” while we are out shopping or walking our dog.





Mrs Jackie Waldron

Since I was very young, I have always loved caring for children and when my own children were young, I volunteered in school and also spent many years as a "dinner lady". In 2000, the opportunity came up for me to be a Teaching Assistant and I grabbed it with both hands and have been here ever since. I began my initial years in Upper and Middle School before joining the Inclusion team in 2010. I enjoy the variation of things that I get to do, including speech therapy and working with children with Special Educational needs and Disabilities. 

I love my job very much and feel lucky and honoured to hold my post.