Teaching Staff 2018 - 19

Reception Class & KS1 Team Leader: - Mrs Julie Youd 

Having trained in Southampton, I began my teaching career in Paignton, where I taught in Key Stage 2 for 10 years. I moved to Shaldon Primary in 1991 and taught for two years in different key stages, before taking a break to raise my family. When I returned to teaching, I initially taught in Year 2 and then moved to the Foundation Stage in September 2011. I am a Senior Leader in Education (SLE) and have supported teachers, both in Shaldon and in other schools across South Devon. In addition to teaching, I have had the privilege of mentoring trainee teachers, leading a KS1 team and being an external moderator for KS1 assessments.

In my spare time, I love to walk the dog – my favourite walks being in and around Cockington, and along the Dorset coast path. My four children (and my husband) continue to keep me very busy and so, to relax in the holidays, I enjoy taking our small caravan to different parts of the country.

Year 1  - Miss Genevieve Seward

This will be my third year teaching Year 1 at Shaldon Primary and I previously taught in Year 3. I trained as a teacher through the School Direct programme with Plymouth University. My placements were primarily in Torquay, but I also had a short placement in Year 1 at Shaldon. Before training to be a teacher, I spent two years as a Teaching Assistant in an Exeter high school and a further two years as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant where I specialised in literacy difficulties and assessment, co-ordinated English as an Additional Language and taught SEN English classes. I studied at Lancaster University and graduated with a degree in English, Creative Writing and Practice.

Outside of school, I love reading, getting outdoors in the beautiful Devon countryside, and I am also a keen swimmer.

Year 2 - Miss Becca Smallshaw

As I make my way into my third year at Shaldon Primary School, I have really settled into this wonderful village school.  In the classroom, I enjoy taking a creative approach to engage the children and really enthuse them with their learning. Before getting to this point, I spent my earlier years working my way up the education system from secondary school, straight into A Levels and then completing my degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Digital Literacy at Plymouth University. I have had a range of jobs working in retail, with my favourite being at Paignton Zoo - unfortunately not feeding the giraffes like you may have imagined! 

Outside of school, I am an adventurous type who enjoys anything from a local, long walk, to rock climbing, water activities or even a skydive! 

Year 3 - Mr Tim Sandercombe

This will be my second year teaching Year 3 at Shaldon Primary, having spent last year completing my Newly Qualified Teacher year. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked for Devon and Cornwall Police, as a PCSO, in Paignton, for 2 years. Before that, I worked as a Teaching Assistant at Barton Hill Academy in Torquay, as well as coaching football for Exeter City’s Youth development. Before that, I started my working career as a professional and semi-professional footballer, for a range of different teams. I studied with The Open University and graduated with a degree in business, history & mathematics. Outside of school, I love being involved in any sport I can play and walking my two dogs as much as possible. 

Year 4 - Ms Nikki Livermore

This will be first year teaching at Shaldon and I will be a class teacher in Year 4. Previously to this, I have worked in two other schools, one in Bristol and the other in Forest of Dean and I have worked in all year groups in Key Stage Two (Years 3-6.)

At the school in Bristol, I worked in Year 4 and then Year 3. I also had responsibility for Computing and lead for the Arts. Before this, I worked in a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. I trained at Cheltenham and studied at Bath and graduated with an honours degree in Education and English Literature.

Not only will this be my first year teaching at Shaldon but it will also be my first year living in Devon and I am really excited for my new life and the new experiences and challenges it will bring. In my spare time l enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going for walks, going to the gym and watching football! Most Saturdays I would normally be at The Memorial Ground watching Bristol Rovers.

Year 5 - Mr Tom Watts

This will be my second year teaching Year 5 at Shaldon. Previously, I worked offshore and around the world as a hydrographic surveyor and, following that, spent a year working for the Navy developing their youth policy. I studied at the University of Plymouth for my BSc in Marine Navigation and later trained at Devon Primary SCITT for my PGCE. In my spare time, I enjoy all sorts of outdoor pursuits including mountaineering, sailing, skiing and cycling. Because of my love for the outdoors, I am always keen to incorporate the wonderful outdoor environment we have in the Southwest into the Year 5 curriculum. 

Year 6 & KS2 Team Leader - Mr Adam Claridge

During a gap year before university, I worked as a Special Needs Assistant in a specialist Language Unit in a Hampshire junior school.  Following this, and between degree courses, I worked as a Teaching Assistant in an inner-city school in Southampton completing my degree and Initial Teacher Training. 

I began full-time teaching in Year 3 and then moved onto Year 5.  I also taught in Year 6 whilst holding the position of Year 4 Leader at the same time.  In 2015, I moved to a large Hampshire junior school on the edge of the New Forest as Head of Year where I have led five classes for the previous three years.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching in Southampton and Hampshire over the past six years.  I am really excited at the prospect of working with the children and staff at Shaldon Primary School.Outside of school, I am a keen runner having completed my first marathon last year and my first ultra-marathon this year.  My wife and I are looking forward to spending time with Monty (our dog) and discovering some of the beautiful walks around South Devon. 

Lead Practitioner & Year 6 - Mrs Susie Cairns

Following my desire to teach, I completed a BA Ed at Christ church Canterbury after which I moved back to my home town of London. Here, I started my first years of teaching in an inner London school where I taught in KS1 as well as being the lead for P.E. With a strong desire to travel, I continued my teaching career in Asia at the exciting British school of Jakarta. Here I spent 3 years working both in KS1 and KS2 as class teacher and developing the performing arts. With my continual desire to travel, I then headed to the middle East where I taught for 2 years in the British school of Muscat. On returning home, I got married and have since had 4 children -2 sets of twins! My claim to fame! Whilst being at Shaldon, I have taught across the key stages and have driven a forward- thinking, creative curriculum incorporating all subjects. I have been part of the SCITT programme where I have supported students in their training year which is thoroughly rewarding. This year I have taken on the role of lead practitioner and look forward to developing this role in the coming year.

In my spare time, I enjoy lindy hopping, running and learning the double bass . 

Upper Years Teacher (Interventions) - Ms Kirstie White 

I have been teaching at Shaldon Primary since September 2001. I have taught in most year groups during this time but predominantly key stage 2 classes (Years 3-6). I have held a wide variety of different roles and responsibilities for leading subjects but at present l co-ordinate and lead Science and Modern Foreign Language (French). In 2005 l became a part time teacher after having my first son. I currently still teach two days a week as l now have two sons.

Before teaching at Shaldon l spent five years teaching key stage 2 classes in two schools in Newton Abbot where amongst other roles of subject leaders l was key stage 2 leader and an acting deputy head. I trained and studied at Cheltenham and graduated with an honours degree in Science and English.

In my spare time l enjoy spending time with my sons and husband enjoying the great outdoors, walking, cycling, camping, exploring and having adventures.

PE Teacher - Ms Ali Young

I am a PE specialist with many years experience teaching Secondary PE and have worked 3 days a week at Shaldon since 2001.  As a good all-rounder myself I firmly believe in providing all the children with as many and varied opportunities as possible. I teach all the children each day I’m there and get to know them really well. This enables me to provide the right level of challenge and support for each child helping them to feel confident and positive about physical activity. In addition to curriculum PE I plan and organise the Outdoor Activities programme and lead on Residential trips. I also plan the programme of termly sports clubs.

As a vegetarian I am also interested in nutrition and other aspects of health. I am busy at present creating a garden from scratch and growing some of my own veg. I am a passionate Rugby supporter and have coached junior club rugby. I am a keen walker and as well as enjoying the delights of the South West Coast path have done a couple of long distance walks in my native Scotland. I love to read and have an interest in art and the environment.

Music Teacher - Ms Lisa Price

As a Music Teacher, I have worked at Shaldon Primary School since 2010. Before this, I was a supply teacher at the school for 4 years. In 1993, I qualified with a B.Ed (Hon) degree from Rolle College, Plymouth University. My first job was in Yeovil as a classroom teacher and I taught my own class of Year 5 and then Year 4 for a few years. 

My curriculum and music teaching has taken me around the world, having taught in the Middle East for a total of 5 years. 

I have always had a passion for music, having learnt instruments and played in many orchestras, concerts and brass bands as a child. I took all of my grades on the trumpet and still play and teach it today.  All children within the school are included in musical activities. I strive to enrich the children at Shaldon with a variety of musical experiences, from singing in class, to whole school performances, in choir around the community to singing at Exeter Cathedral.