The Year One Team
Mrs Karen Duke - Team Leader
Mr Anthony Fox - Class Teacher
Mrs Jannice Boot - Class Teacher
Mrs Becky Bidmead - Class Teacher
Mrs Teree Phillips - HLTA
Mrs Claire Down - Teaching Assistant
Mr Joe Giampaglia - 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. I have had a number of leadership roles during my time here which have included leading the Lower School Team and being the coordinator for Key Stage One. I have worked in a part-time capacity for the past 17 years and have enjoyed working in partnership with different colleagues.
In my time at Shiphay I have enjoyed teaching in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. I’m really looking forward to teaching again in Year 1 as it is always such an exciting year group to work with.
I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum but especially enjoy teaching Literacy, as I have a real love for books and stories. I am also very interested in the Natural World and take every opportunity to include my love for nature and my enjoyment of Art into our themed work.
Mrs Becky Bidmead
I qualified as an Early Years Teacher in 2005 and have spent much of that time teaching in Reception, as well as in Nursery and Year 1. I am passionate about young children having the opportunity to explore their environment through both child and adult led quality provision, enabling them to engage in the world around them and consolidate the learning that takes place in the classroom. I also have a huge passion for early reading and the teaching of systematic phonics, which makes moving to Year 1 this year very exciting!
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.
Mr Joe Giampaglia
I joined Shiphay Learning Academy in September 2021, working as a Teaching Assistant in Year One. I have worked in several schools as a Business Administrator and Teaching Assistant, providing general classroom support and more specific 1:1 support to an individual pupil. I have experience of working with a range of children in different year groups, from Reception to Year 5. I love working with children because I like to make a difference and see the change of attitude from, ‘I can’t do it’ to ‘I can do it’ - those real "lightbulb moments"! I have a keen interest in new technology and I enjoy going for walks with my family, especially in beautiful Devon!