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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 her 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

Mrs Bradbury - Parent Governor and  Chair of Governors




I am honoured to be Chair of Governors for Amesbury Archer Primary School working with the schools leadership team to ensure every child receives the best possible educational experience at our school.  I first became a Governor in 2015, Chair of the Standards and Learning Committee in 2016 and Chair of Governors in 2018.  I live locally and have a son in Year 4.  My daughter also completed the whole of her primary education at the school, leaving in 2017.  In my professional career I have over 15 years experience of working in Further Education and Welfare to Work sectors delivering Education and Skills Funding Agency and Department of Work and Pensions contract.  My current position is Director of Operations for Enham Trust, a disability charity in Andover.  I am proud to hold a position of Governor here at Amesbury Archer where I can use my experience, knowledge and passion to support the school and the children in achieving their full potential.


Mr Bally – Co-opted Governor and Chair of Finance and Premises Committee




 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 am always looking to extend my knowledge to help the benefit of both the school and the children.


Mr 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.  I am the first point of contact for whistleblowing queries and can be contacted by emailing


Mrs Stapleton – Co-opted Governor


Currently I work at the school as a Teaching Assistant. I am married and have two children, one at The Stonehenge School 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.


 Mr 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 (24) and Emily who is currently in Bluestone Class (Year 5). 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 am now pleased and honoured to be selected as a parent governor for this great school.

Mr Duke - Parent Governor






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 2. I am a keen photographer and currently working towards gaining a distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.

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 more than 20 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 working as a 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. I'm proud to have been asked to act as the schools link governor for disadvantaged learners.

Mrs Bolton - Parent Governor


I currently have three children in the school, one in Year 3 and twins in Reception. We have lived in the area for 5 years and I currently work as a Senior Scientist at Porton Down. I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 16 years since graduating from University.

I am new to the governing board this academic year.  I decided to become a parent governor as I believe all children deserve the very best education, and to feel happy and safe in school.  Amesbury Archer is a fantastic school; I am proud to have this new role and am looking forward to being part of the team.

 Mrs Donnelly – Head Teacher


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



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