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"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!


Mrs Gray

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

I have been teaching for nearly ten years, having spent eleven years working for advertising agencies in London. Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I have been lucky enough to be able to follow this dream, spending most of my teaching career in Gloucestershire schools. Teaching in a small village school is an incredible experience; a chance to really get to know the children we share our learning with and to be able to spend time with children from all year groups, working and playing together. I have young children and love sharing books and games that we have enjoyed at home. I love Science, having grown up with two Science teachers for parents, and our lessons at school are always filled with wonder and exploration. When I am not teaching, I am a keen runner, a good skill to have when racing around with children at playtimes! I may also end up being a little bit competitive when we do our warm up runs in PE!

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

Teaching Assistant

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 Lydia Wheeler

Teaching Assistant

My daughter has been at Down Ampney Primary school for over three years. During this time the school have helped her reach her full potential and her confidence has blossomed.

I love the strong sense of community at Down Ampney Primary school, it helps provide the best environment for the children to learn, engage and enjoy their time at school.

I’m a mother of two children and in my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking our dog and exploring the UK in our camper van. 

Mrs Sue Dearsley

Supply Teacher

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.


Miss Emily Skinner

Teaching Assistant

I’m new to the teaching community and have been nothing but warmly welcomed by the staff and pupils at Down Ampney.
I highly value the sense of belonging established at the school as it not only engages but empowers each child to truly be themselves. 
Getting involved with the children’s lessons has enabled me to share my own love of learning and fortify my pursuit for a career in education. 
My spare time is often spent in the fresh air; running, walking or swimming in the sea. Alternatively, with my head in a book.

Mr Jim Tew

Supply Teacher

I love being able to work with the staff and pupils at Down Ampney to help foster and build a love for physical education and being physically active. Physical education is a passion of mine which has developed over my ten years of teaching in Swindon and Gloucestershire. 
My three children attend the school and it has been a joy and a privilege to watch them flourish in such a nurturing environment. 
Outside of school, I share my passion for sport with my children. Evenings and weekends tend to be spent juggling children to their different clubs and I am lucky enough to help coach our local youth cricket programme. 
One of my greatest joys is taking my boys out to play golf, making the most of it before they can comfortably beat me (which I don’t think will be too long!)