Parkfield School is run by Reach South Academy Trust.

The Company address is

Parkfield School


BH23 6DF  Tel 01202 592530




Our Chair of Governors can be contacted at :

Parkfield School


BH23 6DF  Tel 01202 592530

 Governance Arrangements for Parkfield School 2017-2018

The Governors (Trustees) are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

They should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring the school has clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its students;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent;

They also:

  • Ensure that the Academy Trust complies with charity and company law
  • Operate the school in accordance with the Funding Agreement that has been signed with the Secretary of State

The Governors are all volunteers and give up an enormous amount of time in order to support the school in its quest to be successful and provide the best possible education for our local community.

Gov Documents


Graham Exon

Chair of Transition Board

With some 20 years’ experience in school governance, Graham has had significant involvement in both the maintained and independent sectors and is designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG). He is Chair of Bournemouth Septenary Trust, representing six primary academies, and Bournemouth Schools' Forum. He sits on admission appeal panels and is a member of the Strategic Board of Linwood Teaching School Alliance. He also works with the Portsmouth & Winchester Diocesan Board of Education as part of the Associate Education Staff (Governance) and is a Director of Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academy Trust. Graham previously served as Chair of Governors at St Michael's Primary CE (VC) School, and Talbot Heath Independent Girls School, Bournemouth, As an NLG, Graham frequently works with chairs of other schools and academies in a mentoring or advisory capacity and undertakes External Reviews of Governance. He has also chaired Interim Academy Boards and worked with schools through academy conversion and sponsorship. Following a successful career in banking Graham was appointed Chair of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and has served as a non-executive director of a number of local companies. He has significant experience within senior management and of corporate governance. Graham has also acted as a consultant to boards and trustees on dispute resolution and business planning. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Matt Clarkson


Matt has two children at Parkfield both in primary and secondary. One of the main reasons he is passionate about Parkfield, is the opportunity to provide a different type of education to the norm. As a result of his time living in the US and Europe he is an advocate of Montessori and other education styles. Matt works for The Royal Bank of Scotland in a business turnaround role and is also the Treasurer at a local church.

Maria Cherskova


Maria joined Parkfield School as a governor in Autumn 2017. Her working background is in banking, finance and education and she sits on the IAB Finance & Resources Committee to reflect her experience. Being a Governor at Parkfield provides her with an opportunity to support the school in its work, ensuring a supportive and nurturing environment for the children to enable them to achieve their best and develop their talents.

Nicci Shawyer

Safeguarding, SEN and More Able and Talented Link Governor

Nicci has been on the Parkfield School governing body since the school opened. She is a qualified Early Years Educational Consultant who specialises in helping nurseries to achieve their goals in providing exceptional childcare inside a classroom and outside in nature. She is a member of the Children’s Nature Network who are striving to ensure that all children create and maintain a connection to nature and an awareness of sustainability and she is the Head of Education for a group of outstanding Montessori nurseries in Dorset. Nicci has 3 children, age 20, 17 and 10. Her youngest is in Year 6 at Parkfield. Previous employment includes PA to a Quantity Surveyor, Administration Officer for Bournemouth Montessori Centre, Montessori Practitioner, Task Co-ordinator for the Community Service Unit (within the Probation Service), Adult Training for Early Years, Family Liaison Practitioner and Manager of a Montessori Nursery.

Kim Doran

Clerk to the Governors

Kim has worked for Parkfield School since January 2016. She is currently the Admissions and Attendance Manager and became Clerk to the Governors in September 2017. Prior to joining Parkfield, for almost 20 years she co-owned the Wessex Academy School of English in Poole, a year round language school in Poole providing a range of English language and examination courses for international students age 16+. She was also a Director and co-founder of Poole International Study Centre for English and Sport (English language and activity courses for international students age 12 to 16). Before moving to Dorset and becoming involved in the world of education, she worked in media and was based mostly in central London. Initially in ITV’s Industrial Relations Secretariat, then Granada Television, Granada Business Services and latterly Television Sales and Marketing Services.