Down Ampney Primary School

Our staff

Head Teacher and Class Two teacher

Mr Adam Clark

I have had the pleasure in leading Down Ampney C of E Primary School for the last 3 years and it has been great to see the school go from strength to strength. Leading a small school is incredibly special as you not only get to know the children, but you also get to know their familes to. I thoroughly look forward to my mornings on the gate, where I can have a catch up with all of the members of our school community.

I teach in Class Two two days a week, and love being able to still teach as part of my role. I really enjoy teaching creative writing, especially when the children come up with some weird and wonderful ideas. Anything can happen when we let our imagination go wild! I also love computing and am a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside. I am a keen runner and can often be found running around the countryside at the weekend. After a long run, I love baking with my two daughters, although we normally get in trouble for making a mess. I am passionate about the environment and spent a number of years working in environmental education before becoming a teacher.

Class One Teacher

Mrs Josie Shurmer








Class Two Teacher

Mrs Helen Russell

Working in a small school means we get to know every child as an individual and can tailor learning to meet their needs and interests. Everyone at Down Ampney Primary School is part of our school family and we all support and look after each other, from Reception to Year 6. Sharing ideas to make the school even better is encouraged from all children and adults and has led to us building a trim trail and an outdoor classroom, complete with fire pit!

I love hands-on, active learning! We don’t sit at our desks for long periods of time – we get busy with resources in all lessons and make sure that our learning is as practical and as talk led as possible. Science and Maths are my passion and I love igniting the children’s curiosity through practical investigations and independent exploration.

In my free time I love to run in the beautiful Cotswold countryside and go on long walks.

Class Three Teacher

Miss Sophy Homan-Green








Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Mrs Andrea Branigan

I  work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant across the school.

I have worked for 27 years as a Learning Support Assistant, Specialist Support Assistant and for the last 7 years as a HLTA at Down Ampney C of E Primary School. Ten of these years were spent at an Autistic Department of a Special School.

I believe every child is an individual and I enjoy seeing children’s confidence and self-esteem grow. Our small and intimate school encourages both of these.

I have worked as a Speech and Language assistant; I am a qualified Coach of Educational Excellence, a NLP Practitioner and I also have experience in Child Counselling. For 3 years, 2001-2004, I was a part-time volunteer for Home Start, visiting and supporting families; and a few years ago qualified to facilitate positive parenting groups.

I find my experience in coaching and teaching techniques particularly helpful when working with children with learning difficulties. Our mixed age group class helps our older children develop a mature attitude. As good role models they learn to become team leaders and thrive on this responsibility. Our values and christian ethos at Down Ampney C of E Primary school allows children to pursue their individual potential. Positive work ethics and caring attitudes are encouraged and as staff we work very hard to model these values and lessons to suit all styles of learning. We hope we do it in a fun, friendly and family environment.


Teaching Assistant

Mrs Annie Paterson

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Down Ampney C of E Primary School for 14 years; I also run the Breakfast Club and am a Midday Supervisors at lunch times.

I have 4 children and in my spare time I am an Adult Instructor with the Army Cadet Force.






Midday Supervisor

Mrs Sue Mills

I have been at Down Ampney C of E Primary School for 25 years as a Midday Supervisor. I have three children who have all been through Down Ampney C of E Primary School and have thrived and all now have great jobs.





School Admin, Finance and Personnel Administrator

Mrs Sharon Woodruffe

As the first point of call in the school office, I take care of all the day to day administration.

I have two children.  I originally worked at Cirencester Primary School and occasionally came over to cover the office at Down Ampney C of E Primary School. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to come and work at the school full-time in September 2015.

I have great pleasure seeing the children progress and getting to know their personalities, it’s also a privilege to be working alongside a team of dedicated staff and being able to share the achievements and successes with them throughout the school.




Teaching Assistant
Mrs Andrea Golding