Parkfield School is an all-through (age 4 to 16) co-educational school offering a fresh approach and choice that allows pupils to discover learning, unlock their potential, find their place in their community and play their part in society.

The school opened for the first time in September 2013 and aims to bring quality alternative education for the children of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

As a Free School, Parkfield is funded directly from central Government. This means that it is independent from Local Authority control and parents do not have to pay for their children to be educated at the school.

Parkfield School was situated in temporary accomodation at Dorset House in central Bournemouth with renovation and building work taking place at our new permanent site close to Hurn to where we have just relocated to.  

Parkfield School is part of the Government’s ‘Free Schools’ programme that allows local people to shape schools in line with what they consider to be beneficial to improving education for children in their community. Our ethos is simple – to nurture, inspire and enable. To do so we blend a primary curriculum based on Montessori principles with a secondary education provided through the International Baccalaureate programme. We let pupils find themselves and then equip them with the skills and learning they need to find their way in modern society.

Parkfield School will offer a genuine alternative education and allow greater choice to the local communities of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.  At Reception and Key Stage 1 the pupils will be taught using the Montessori method, at Key Stage 2 we will be offering the International Primary Curriculum and in the Secondary sector of the school we will be offering GCSE courses.

Offering an international curriculum combining the Montessori method and International Primary Curriculum at the Primary stage, this all-through school aims to prepare students for life in an ever changing and increasingly global society.

Parkfield School offers a positive, safe learning environment for its community, in which everyone has equal and individual recognition and respect. We celebrate success and are committed to the continuous improvement and fulfilment of potential in every student regardless of their ability.  

We encourage increasing independence and self-discipline amongst the students helping them to develop the skills that they need to become life long learners. Everyone within the school has an important role to play in sharing responsibility for the development of positive behaviour and attitudes.


Parkfield School's location

The school has now opened on our new site in Hurn, close to Bournemouth Airport.

The School offers 8 acres of land with purpose built educational facilities including a sports hall and a dance/drama studio.






Nurture                       Inspire                       Enable

At Parkfield School we will nurture, inspire and enable all of our students, giving them the skills and knowledge to flourish. We are committed to the development of the whole child ensuring that our students become life-long learners and achieve the best outcomes that they can.

We will provide them with the ability to excel in an intercultural, 21st Century global community so that they grow and develop into confident, compassionate and caring young people. We will prepare them for a successful transition into further or higher education, training or employment when they leave school.

Our commitment

  • To provide a supportive environment and community that promotes development and learning.
  • To provide an outstanding education for all students, regardless of their background where learning and teaching styles are blended to provide for a mix of practical experience and intellectual freedom coupled with a supportive structure and academic excellence.
  • To promote and instil a sense of belonging and purpose that allows students to understand their place and responsibility in their immediate society and also wider world.
  • To ensure that every student receives the guidance, support and inspiration to be the best they can be and realise their full potential.
  • To engage with parents and carers to promote collaborative support of our students’ experience of education and school community.

Our expectations

  • We expect students to demonstrate the utmost respect for themselves, their fellow students, school community and wider community and those forming part of it.
  • We expect good discipline and high levels of behaviour, commitment and participation.
  • We expect a willingness to participate in a wide range of school and community activities.
  • We expect parents and carers to support their children and engage with their education.
  • We expect parents and carers to engage with the school and its staff to promote excellence in the overall educational experience of their children.