The Teaching Team

The Teaching Team:

Miss Chubb - Team Leader

Miss Newell - Y3 Teacher

Miss Bancroft - Y3 Teacher

Mrs Hardwell - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Malone - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hickman - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Staples - Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Kingfisher Class



Miss Newell


After qualifying in 2020, I started my teaching career at Shiphay Learning Academy in Year 3 in January 2021.  I have had the majority of my teaching experience in Year 3 and look forward to continuing to support this year in September! Since joining the fantastic Shiphay community, I have loved working alongside adults that share the same passion as me; positively developing children’s personal and academic skills. Inside the classroom, I enjoy working alongside the children to learn together and collaboratively create inspiring pieces of work. You will often find me singing along to a range of different songs about everything from times tables to continents! My classroom is a safe space where children can express themselves and aspire to reach for the moon safe in the knowledge that if they miss, they will still land amongst the stars. Outside the classroom, I love to get involved with playtime games, such as volleyball, football and the line monster game! I believe in creating a stimulating, friendly and calm environment for children to learn and evolve in. 

I love teaching all areas of the curriculum equally and enjoy getting stuck in a ‘hands-on’ approach; creating practical activities for the children to cement their knowledge with. Kingfisher will be an exciting and happy place where the children will feel comfortable and proud of their achievements. 

In 2019, I was lucky enough to spend a summer in America, working at a summer camp, where I learnt lots about children’s personal development, such as social skills and the progression of children understanding their emotions. This has thoroughly supported me inside the classroom as I truly value the importance of the well-being of children.

I am so excited to continue teaching in Year 3 and cannot wait for a year filled with wonderful, positive learning experiences.



Robin Class

Miss Bancroft 



 I started my career as a Year Four teacher in Reading in 2015 where I was the PE co-ordinator, an area of the curriculum 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, some of which have been displayed within our local community.  I also have a keen passion for teaching Mathematics.  I believe Mathematics should ignite children’s curiosity, leading to those eureka moments that make learning so memorable.  I strongly believe that it is these exciting learning opportunities that spark children’s love for learning across the curriculum and creates life-long learners.

Robin will be a safe area where children are encouraged to share and explore their ideas, supporting them along their unique learning journeys. I believe it is essential to ensure all children feel confident to have a go and also value their mistakes as a step towards progress.

I am looking forward to starting my fifth academic year at Shiphay Learning Academy as a Year Three teacher.



Year 3 HLTAs and TAs


Mrs Malone      Mrs Hickman   Mrs Hardwell  Miss Staples