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.

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 further information on Parkfield School’s LGB, please visit the School website

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


Matt Clarkson

Chair of Local Governing Body

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

I have been on the Parkfield school governing body since the school opened. I am 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. I am 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 I am also the Head of Education for a group of outstanding Montessori nurseries in Dorset. I have 3 children, 20, 17 and 10 years old. My youngest is in Year 6 at Parkfield. My 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.

Lee Hovelmeier

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.

Louise Kulaksiz

Staff Governor

Louise Kulaksiz is current working at Parkfield School as Teaching Cover Supervisor. Louise Kulaksiz has spent the last 15 years working in EFL (English as a Foreign Language), working and living abroad as well as here in Bournemouth teaching international students our beautiful and illogical language! Louise now juggles 11 language centres as Director of Studies at Anglo Ltd - a specialist in summer schools for teens. This brings many challenges, but also huge rewards. It offers a unique perspective into the way kids learn and the additional challenges faced by second language learners. It is also an opportunity to see how mainstream and private education converge. Previously, Louise has worked in publishing as Editor as well as being a freelance writer. Louise has a strong background in performing arts, especially dance, drama and singing. She is also a keen environmentalist, kitchen gardener and cook. This coupled with a love of languages (especially our own!) means that Louise's interests lie firmly in the Humanities. With one child enjoying Parkfield and another waiting to join, Louise is hoping to make a positive impact to support the great work here and ensure that our kids have the best future.

Susan Greenwood

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.

Karen Goodman

I have worked with children my whole career, initially qualifying and working as a Primary Teacher before moving into Early Years and working within local Children’s Centres. I am currently Early Years SENCo for a large Bournemouth Primary School and SENCo for a specialist resource base. I also work within my school pastoral team running Nurture and Social Skills groups to support children with their personal, social and emotional needs. I have two sons, aged 8 and 2 years. My 8 year old joined Parkfield at the start of Reception.


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