"Warm and very effective relationships characterise the school’s culture, making this a welcoming and happy place in which to learn."
Mrs Rebecca Gray
Headteacher, SENCo and Class Teacher
I’ve been teaching in small and medium sized schools in Gloucestershire since 1997.
It’s an absolute joy to still have a teaching commitment and be able to lead and mentor colleagues while maintaining that vital classroom connection.
I am fortunate to lead a dedicated and talented team and to enjoy the support and assistance of an active governing body, diocese and PTA.
My daily highlight though is seeing the delight and wonder on a pupil’s face as a new idea or skill sinks in.
I am Mum to three young men and love nothing more than long walks with my husband, our dog and whichever sons may join us!
Miss Sophy Homan-Green
Class One Teacher
I love the way that everyone works together and supports each other at Down Ampney, both the children and the adults alike. There is a real sense of devotion to continual improvement whilst still upholding the school’s vision and values. There are strong, positive relationships with every member of the school community.
I have enjoyed getting to know all of the children on an individual level, finding out what works for them and adjusting learning styles. I love teaching English, seeing the children’s ideas build and expand, allowing them to express their ideas through writing in different genres.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, I love getting stuck into a good book. I also enjoy going on long walks and exploring new places.
Miss Molly Phipps
Class Two Teacher
I am delighted to be returning to Down Ampney and develop positive relationships with all children, staff and members of the community. I am excited to show my passion for teaching and to help children develop a love of learning and try new ideas.
My favourite subject to teach is art as it allows children to be creative and develop their artistic skills. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my two dogs for long walks, reading different genres of books and spending time with my family.
Mrs Helen Russell
Class Three Teacher
Mrs Sharon Woodruffe
School Business Manager
I enjoy working here at Down Ampney because of its family feeling which every staff member is a part of. Every day is different with challenges and success throughout the school whether staff or pupils.
As a small village school I also get the chance to watch the development of children from when they start at Down Ampney to when they leave.
Some of my hobbies include swimming, walking, spending time with family and friends and exploring new places.
Mrs Annie Paterson
I love working at Down Ampney because of the supportive working environment which gives the school a family feeling of which every staff member is a part of. Everyone is actively encouraged to continually develop their skills through professional development courses and peer to peer support.
My favourite part of my role is watching the development of children from when they start at Down Ampney to leaving for secondary school. I also enjoy the varied aspects of my role such as supporting children through various interventions and feeling like I’ve made a difference to their day.
My hobbies include bodyboarding, reading and exploring new places in my campervan.
Mrs Corinne Walters
PPA Teacher and Teaching Assistant
Having been a teacher for many years, I took some time out to look after my 2 sons. They are now both settled in school, and I am delighted to be able to get back into the school environment. Down Ampney school has a real family feel, and I am enjoying being able to use my skills to work with the children and staff here. Everyone works together to make the school such a special place, and I am so pleased to be a part of it.
When I’m not working, I am kept quite busy being a Member of the Salvation Army where I lead the Sunday school, play in the band and sing in the choir. I also enjoy being the leader of a local Brownie group. In my free time I love spending time with my family, and having lots of adventures with my husband and 2 boys.
Mrs Sue Dearsley
I have been teaching for a long time, but over the years I have also been a schools’ librarian, a children’s librarian, a childminder, playgroup worker and a teaching assistant! You may have spotted a common theme there: I like working with children! My favourite subjects to teach are English, History and RE but I still enjoy all aspects of PE and truly believe that “sport is for everyone” – you just have to find the one you enjoy. I have tried to retire several times over the last few years, but I am very pleased that Mrs Gray invited me to work at Down Ampney, where everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. I’m also able to walk to work every day which is wonderful.
My other interests include reading, watching Match of the Day and spending as much time as I can with my gorgeous grandchildren.