Down Ampney Primary School

Our staff

Head Teacher

Mr Adam Clark

When I first visited Down Ampney C of E Primary School, I was really impressed with the attitude and the behaviour of the children. They respect their school values and the whole school work and play together really positively. I am keen to continue the hard work which has taken place to ensure that all children are able to achieve their full potential in a nurturing and caring environment.

I have taught in a varied mix of schools, from schools in inner city areas to those in a more rural setting, but have found the unique nature of a small village school an exciting challenge to take on. I always put the children first and like to involve them as much as possible in decision making because this is their school. I am passionate about the children in the school having a positive attitude towards their work. All I ask is that they try their best. It is my job to help them to get to where they need to be, but with a positive attitude this is achievable. The only thing the children are allowed to say is I can’t do it …. yet.

Outside of school I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside. I am a keen runner and have enjoyed running up and down Gloucestershire’s hills since moving here three years ago. I am also passionate about the environment and spent three years working in environmental education before becoming a teacher.


Giraffe Class Teacher

Mrs Helen Russell

I have taught in Cirencester for 5 years at different schools and was struck by the family atmosphere at Down Ampney C of E Primary School.

A school where older children support and nurture the younger ones, during lessons and play, is a very special place to be and I feel very lucky to be part of the school family.

Along with my two children, I spend weekends on our allotment, planting and picking vegetables and love to walk at Westonbirt Arboretum.



Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Mrs Andrea Branigan

I  work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in both classes (Giraffe and Butterflies).

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 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.



Butterflies Class Teacher
Mrs Josie Shurmer


Teaching Assistant
Miss Bliss Gardiner