Our Team

Miss Tracy

Director & Head of School

Hello! I am Miss Tracy and I am the Head of School here at The Academy. Myself, my daughter and her husband opened our nursery school after years of working in nursery schools around the world! I have over 35 years experience working with children under 5 in private settings, local authority settings and schools. I earned my NNEB and continued onto university to study for my degree in Early Childhood Education subsequently gained my Early Years Teachers Status. The Academy Nursery School is my passion and myself and my team are extremely dedicated to providing a place for our children to flourish.

Miss Lucy

Deputy Head of School

Hello, my name is Lucy and I am the Deputy Head of School. I have over 13 years’ experience in the early years sector with children aged 0-5 years. I worked in a nursery in Portishead before starting at the Academy Nursery School in September 2018. I have an Early Years Teacher degree, which I studied for in my first year at Nursery School. Working with children has always been my passion; I absolutely love supporting children to learn, develop and grow into the individuals that they are! I feel extremely lucky to be a part of such an experienced and caring team and I love that we offer different classes each day to broaden the children’s life experiences.

Miss Sarah

Nursery Teacher

Hello, I’m Sarah J I completed my BA Hons degree in Performing Arts and Street Arts in 2013 and I was fortunate enough to be hired as ‘Atelierista’ (art/studio teacher) at a Reggio Emilia Nursery School in 2017. I spent 1.5 years gaining experience in all ages from 0-5 and completing my Early Years Level 3 Qualification. I joined The Academy Nursery School in February, 2019 as a Nursery Teacher and I could not be happier. Our children and families really are at the centre of everything we do. We have built a wonderfully passionate, caring and dedicated team and I look forward to coming to Nursery School every single day!

Miss Chantelle

Nursery Teacher

Hello, I’m Chantelle and I am an Early years Teacher. I have 17 years’ experience in the early years and primary sector with children aged 0-11 years. I have an Early Years Teaching qualification which I completed in 2016, whilst I was the Graduate Leader for another nursery in Portishead. I have had a range of different roles within childcare from being a Nursery Manager, Nursery SEN Coordinator to owning my own After-school and Holiday club. But the biggest experience I have is being a Mummy to 2 boys: Max who is 9 and Freddie who is 4. I feel I have the best job, being able to support our children to grow and develop their skills ready to send them off to their next chapter in life.

Miss Emma

Extra-Curricular Teacher

Hello – I’m Miss Emma and I teach the Extra-Curricular classes at The Academy Nursery School! I have  been teaching dance and performing arts for over 20 years, having gained my dance teaching qualifications at Bristol College of Dancing. I currently teach dance in Portishead for Aspire School of Dance and I teach preschool gymnastics for the Academy, along with choreographing floor routines for some of the Elite gymnasts. I’m very proud to have been a part of the Academy Nursery since the very beginning; I love introducing children to music and dance and make sure I balance lots of learning with plenty of creativity and self expression! More recently I have added preschool French lessons to my timetable, with my very special helper, Madame Les Plumes! I am very lucky to have two fabulous girls of my own, both of whom attended the Academy Nursery and still ask to go back!

Miss Kayleigh


Hi! I am Miss Kayleigh and I am a director of The Academy Nursery School. I began my career working in nurseries and gained my Early Years Teachers Status and travelled to teach English in Russia, Europe and the Middle East. Upon returning to the UK, I retrained as a Primary Teacher and now teach in a school in Bristol. I have taught in reception, Year 2, 3 and 6 so have a good understanding of the skills and attributes children need to learn before starting school. We, at The Academy Nursery School pride ourselves on providing our children with the confidence to thrive when they move onto the next step of their school careers