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The Governing Body together with the Headteacher and senior staff, forms the school Leadership and Management team, and share responsibility for the school. The Governing Body must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves. It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money. Governors help to form the School Improvement Plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.
The Governing Body appoints the Headteacher, and delegates to him responsibility for the day to day running of the school. Please see our mission statement here.

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       Who are the Governing Body of Amesbury Archer Primary ?

Name and Position Held

Background Information

Simon Haugh – Co-Opted Governor

(Chair of Governors)


 I have worked on the Governing body at the school for over 5 years, covering a variety of different specialties in different roles and became vice chair and now chair of the governing body. I started my career in the Armed Forces where I was a Physical Training Instructor for 5 years before leaving and joining my current employer with Wiltshire Council. I currently work as a System Support & Performance Manager where I manage all aspects of IT and performance for the Housing department. 




(Vice Chair)






Caroline Stokes - Parent Governor

(Chair Finance & Premises)


I have lived by the school for 11 years, and have two daughters. My eldest is in Year 10 at South Wilts, and my youngest is in Year 4 at Amesbury Archer. I currently volunteer at the school listening to the Year 4 and 5 pupils read.
Prior to having my youngest daughter I was Personal Assistant to the Human Resources Director at NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) where I worked for 11 years.
I have a diploma in Business and Finance, and one in Proof Reading. I am the chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.
I applied to become a governor as I believe every child deserves a good start in life, a chance to develop fully and an excellent standard of education.


Sara Bradbury – Parent Governor

(Chair Standards & Learning)

I have lived on Archers Gate for over 10 years and have been a parent to children at the school since 2006, with my daughter having just left and my son now in year two. I became a governor in 2015 and became the Chair of the Standards and Learning Committee in 2016. I aim to use the skills I have developed in my professional career to support the school in its growth and further development towards a good or outstanding school. I have over 13 years’ experience of working in the Adult Education and Welfare to Work sectors in Quality and Compliance ensuring contracts that are delivered on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions are not only delivered to the highest standards but also compliant with strict funding criteria. I am proud to be part of the governing body here at Amesbury Archer where I can utilise my skills and passion to ensure all children within the school achieve their full potential. 

Andrew Bally – Co-opted Governor




 I became a Parent Governor back at the start of 2011, but with both my children having recently left the school (going to South Wilts Grammar & St Josephs), I was very happy to continue as a Co-opted Governor.  I work closely with the Senior Leadership team at school in helping oversee the schools budget, using my experience gained working within a manufacturing company (Planning, IT and Finance), the national buying group Euronics (Finance), and my current position within an electrical accessories distributor. During my time as a Governor, I have gained experience to become involved with recruitment, Health & Safety and the Pay panel and always looking to extend my knowledge to help the benefit both the school and the children.


Antony Wells – Co-opted Governor


I became a governor of the school in late 2012 having previously been governor of a special school in Andover. I have lived in Great Durnford since 1995 and have always had an interest in Archers Gate which I have seen grow from pretty well nothing to what it is now during the time that I have lived in the area, particularly because Archers Gate is included in the Great Durnford parish. I work from my home in the finance business. My interest in Amesbury Archer school focuses on optimising the attainment of the children, both academically and socially with special emphasis on children who are in some way disadvantaged.


Clare Stapleton – Co-opted Governor


Currently I work at the school as a Teaching Assistant. I am married and have two children, one here at Amesbury Archer and the other at Andover College. My early career started as a software engineer within a scientific organisation where I also studied for and obtained a degree, part-time. I then became a recruitment consultant within the IT sector and when I gave up work to have my children I was managing two successful teams. I love being part of Amesbury Archer School and the wider community and am passionate about providing all the children with a chance to develop.


 Kristy Green – Co-opted Governor


I started work at Amesbury Archer in April 2009 and have worked in a range of classes supporting various children with social, emotional & behavioural difficulties.

In February 2012, I helped to set up our Portway Room, offering a small, safe, nurturing environment; the function of the room has changed but its principals remain.  I have been on the Governing body for just over 5 years, have responsibilities for SEND and belong to the Standards & Learning committee. I am committed to working to ensure that all of our children are supported to achieve their best. I am married to Richard, a serving member of the Army; we have 2 children, James (20) who is in his 2nd year at university in Southampton studying history & Charlie (18) who is in his final year school in Suffolk. I am a qualified primary teacher, having graduated in 1986 from Trent Polytechnic with a BEd(hons) degree.

 Brian Dudgeon – Parent Governor



I have been working and living in the local area for over 28 years, moving to Boscombe Down in 2007. I am married with one grown up son (21) and Emily who is currently in Vespasia class (Year 4). I have worked in various guises at Boscombe Down airfield and I am currently a Lead Principal Engineer working mainly on helicopter test and evaluation. I have been a member of S.A.A.S. since 2014, and now pleased and honoured to be selected as a parent governor for this great school.

 Parent Governor





Shaun Duke - Parent Governor






I am the newcomer on the Governing body and being a Governor is relatively new to me but I'm learning fast. I applied to be a Governor because children are our future and I strongly believe they all deserve the best possible education. I'm a father of 3, two girls who are now in further education and a son who is in Year 1.   After graduating from university with a degree in Biochemistry, I chose to work in a completely unrelated field and have been with the same employer for the last 19 years. During that time, I have gained a wide range of experience. My career has been diverse and varied, ranging from managing a multi-award winning IT development team to my current role as part of the senior management team with responsibility for pricing strategy across Europe. I believe that my skills combined with those of the other Governors and the school staff will help to ensure the best outcomes for all the children at Amesbury Archer.

 Helen Donnelly – Head Teacher


 Mrs Donnelly takes a place on the Governing body automatically as Ex-Officio.



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