Parkfield School is run by Reach South Academy Trust. The Company address is: 

Parkfield School, Hurn, BH23 6DF  Tel 01202 592530

Our Chair of Governors can be contacted at the same address. 

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.

The Governor Handbook can be found here: HANDBOOK

Meeting dates can be found here: MEETINGS

Committee 

SLT / Staff 

Governor 

 

1. Finance, Audit & Risk 

Clare Adams 

M Cherskova  

 

C Belchamber 

 

2. Teaching & Learning and Student Outcomes

Pauline Brown

L Hovelmeier   

 

Toni Wilcox

N Wood 

 

Kimberley Tucker 

S Fryazinova

 

3. Student Welfare 

Kim Taylor &  

M Clarkson 

 

Khalil Hassanali 

E O’Callaghan 

 

4. Staff & Community Engagement 

Clare Adams 

N Wood 

 

S Greenwood 

 

5. Strategy 

Clare Adams 

All 

 
 

Tell us more about Parkfield’s Local Governing Body!

Lots of parents quite rightly ask what Parkfield’s Local Governing Body (LGB) does and why it exists.  We can’t tell you everything in a few paragraphs but hopefully this will provide you with an idea of the LGB remit and what it’s aims, and objectives are.

First, a little bit about Reach South. As you will be aware, Parkfield School is part of Reach South which is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) that was established in 2016 to provide primary, secondary and special education in the South West of England.  The Trust currently operates 14 academies in Bournemouth, Plymouth and Wiltshire. 

The Trust has a Board of Trustees that are accountable for all aspects of the Trust’s strategic intentions, it’s visions and values, it’s operations, the welfare and safety of all of its pupils, staff, volunteers and visitors. The Trustees are held to account for the proper financial management of the MAT and for the educational outcomes of its pupils.  

The role of Parkfield School LGB is to provide focused governance at a local level and to carry out functions on behalf of the Trust Board in line with the policies set.  The LGB has a delegation of power and duty, however the Trust Board maintains its responsibilities.

The LGB works with Parkfield School to ensure that it delivers good quality education in line with the Trust’s values, curriculum principles and organisational behaviours.  The LGB monitors Parkfield’s key performance indicators and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Headteacher and Parkfield Senior Leadership Team, providing challenge where appropriate. 

LGB members are expected to prepare for and make effective contributions at the LGB meetings; to champion Parkfield School within the local community; to familiarise themselves with Parkfield School and visit during schools hours and for evening events; to get to know Parkfield School and be visible to the Parkfield Community; to engage and regard parents, pupils and staff and other external stakeholders and to attend governor training sessions.

A typical meeting will include some of the key areas (but not all at each meeting) of the functions of the LGB: overview and scrutiny; performance management; finance; curriculum and standards; safeguarding; behaviour; admissions; staffing; pupils and parents; health and safety; policies; community engagement; values and ethos and developing vision and strategic intent.

The LGB are volunteers and do not get paid for their time and commitment to Parkfield School.  It is a very rewarding role which all of the LGB of Parkfield School are proud to be a part of.

For more information on Reach South Academies or how the Board of Trustees operate, please visit www.reachsouth.org


Governors

Matt Clarkson

Chair of Local Governing Body & Co-opted Governor

Matt has had three children attend 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 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 NatWest Group in a business turnaround role and is also a coach at both the Bournemouth University and local Adult American Football Teams.

Maria Cherskova

Co-opted Governor

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.

Kim Doran

Clerk to the Governors

Kim has worked for Parkfield School since January 2016. She is currently the Office Manager at Parkfield 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.

Lisa Hovelmeier

Co-opted Governor

Lisa is a qualified Montessori teacher holding 3 – 6, 6 – 9 and 9 – 12 teaching diplomas with 16 years experience in the Montessori field. She has been a part of Parkfield since it opened in 2013. She joined the team as Montessori Coordinator and worked throughout Reception and KS1. Prior to joining Parkfield she successfully set up and ran a Montessori school in South Africa, initially catering for pre-school children and expanding to cater for primary age children. In July 2018 she started preparations to open and Manage Parkfield Montessori Pre-school, the pre-school opened on 12th November 2018. Lisa has recently finished a qualification on Autism and enjoys the complexities of Special Educational Needs.

Susan Greenwood

Vice-Chair of the Local Governing Body & Co-opted Governor

Susan currently works as Professional Performance Programme Manager for NHS England. She has worked within the NHS for her entire career; 12 years in a clinical setting, then managing a south regional complaints service, more recently managing primary care practitioner performance. All areas have governance at the heart; helping to run services efficiently and effectively ensuring that NHS organisations and staff are open and accountable and that frameworks, policies and procedures are in place to support the values of the NHS in providing transparency and to make improvements to facilitate better safe care for patients and their families. Susan hopes that this skill set will aid in her role of Local Governor for Parkfield in order to help ensure the Children are at the heart of every decision that is made and that they are supported in a nurturing environment to help them grow to their full potential. Susan has two children at Parkfield in Year 4 and 3 who have both been at school since their reception years.

Natalie Wood

Co-opted Governor

Natalie has been a Primary School teacher for the past 15 years and she also has a Masters degree in Education. She has taught at two very different, diverse primary schools in South London and also within North Dorset. She has worked in deprived urban areas, with high levels of pupil premium children, English as an additional language learners and special needs. She has also worked at schools in very affluent areas, where children achieve levels in the top 10% of the country. She specialises in KS1 and has been a KS1 leader for many years. She has developed ‘Independent thinking skills and Growth mindset’ as well as ‘solo taxonomy’ across the school. She has a great knowledge and understanding of the KS1 curriculum. She was a KS1 moderator for the local education authority where she was trained to monitor evidence for the Year Two SATS. She is an experienced student and NQT mentor and thrives on developing new teachers and seeing them progress, grow and flourish as a professional.

Emma O'Callaghan

Parent Governor

Emma has a two decades long, strong background in sales, marketing and business management and development. Emma and her husband started up their own home improvement company, KEO, after they had their daughter - who is a student at Parkfield - so they had the freedom to spend more time as a family. They have built it up to be well respected and one of the best family run companies within their field locally. She is also a trustee of Christchurch Soup Kitchen (CSK) who work hard to help those in need within the local community. For those of you that don't know, Emma is chair of Parkfield School PFA and works with the PFA team to run fun events for the students as well as raise additional funds for Parkfield School. Emma is hopeful that her skills she has honed from both her professional and charitable work will aid her in role as Parent Governor for Parkfield School

Svetlana Fryazinova

Parent Governor

Svetlana has three kids attending Parkfield School - two in primary and one in secondary. Her oldest child has been going to Parkfield school since day one. Hence she has enjoyed seeing Parkfield grow and develop and she is even more excited to see what the future holds for the school. She has a solid experience in management and market research analytics with a speciality in advertising and branding campaigns evaluations for one of world’s biggest FMCG companies. She has been working with different markets and different regions and never stopped learning and developing new skills. Last decade she has been running her own photography business and tutoring in photography, creative arts, performing arts and mathematics. She is keen on exploring progressive methods of teaching and has a strong interest in creating systems which support and amplify the natural curiosity and inner motivation for studying. She is excited to be able to use her life and work experience to help the school develop.

 

To find out more about Reach South Academy Trust governance, the Trust Board, the Members and Trust policies, please click on the following links:

Governance | Reach South, Trust Board | Reach South, Members | Reach South  Policies | Reach South