The Teaching Team

Miss Alex Bancroft

I started my career as a Year 4 teacher in Reading in 2015 where I was the PE coordinator, an area of the curriculum that I particularly enjoy teaching as it allows children to get active and learn creatively. I joined Shiphay Learning Academy in 2017, and have loved working in such a positive and welcoming school with so many artistic opportunities for both myself and the pupils. My main subject specialism within my teaching degree was Art. I have been fortunate enough to work alongside all ages at Shiphay Learning Academy on art projects that raise awareness on global issues. Some of these art projects have been showcased at Occombe Farm, Torre Abby and Paignton Zoo. I strongly believe that it is these exciting learning opportunities that spark children’s love for learning and creates life- long learners. 



Miss Kim Mason

My areas of interest within education are pupil development, reading and writing. I am very interested in understanding the stages of development and how we can best support children socially and emotionally in all aspects of their lives. Through my interest in these areas I
have become a Specialist Leader of Education in children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and the subjects PSHE and RSHE. In addition to this, I am also very passionate about promoting a love of literature and books with children to enable their enjoyment of reading, whilst also broadening their language understanding and in turn providing opportunities for children to explore different styles and approaches to writing.

I am looking forward to my first year at Shiphay Learning Academy and creating a classroom where the children enjoy their learning experiences, build resilience in all areas of their learning and have opportunities to develop both personally and academically. I hope all children in Chestnut enjoy their time in class, develop their understanding of the world and learn through exciting and engaging learning activities. In turn, I believe they will all be confident, independent and resilient individuals.