The Governing Body 

The role of the governing body is crucial for the effective leadership and management of the school. The governing body supports and challenges the teaching and learning across the school in a variety of ways.

Our school governors meet at least once every term and there is more information on the role of the school governor and how to become one at


Membership of the Governing Body 


   Mr. J. Bagwell (H)



   Mrs. M. Cross

     Clerk to the Governing Body

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I was born and grew up in Southampton before moving to West Parley in 1979. I am married with two grown up children both of whom attended Parley First School. I qualified as a teacher in 1971 and taught at schools in Southampton and Newbury before settling in West Parley. I taught at Parley First for twenty eight years having responsibility during this time for a number of different roles. These included Literacy Subject Leader, Assistant Head, Teaching and Learning Manager, member of the Senior Leadership Team and shared Numeracy Subject Leader. Since retiring I have helped on a voluntary basis and am totally committed to the success and achievements of all pupils at Parley First School. In addition I do some voluntary work at a Ferndown nursing home and support a children's group at a local church.

Term of Office ends on 31/08/19

I am the deputy head at Parley First School and am a staff member of the governing body, sitting on the Staffing and Curriculum and Finance committees. I am a Reception class teacher and have worked at Parley since 2006. Prior to this I worked at St. Clement St. Johns Infant School and Verwood First School, having graduated with a Bed (Hons) degree specialising in Music from Homerton College, Cambridge in 1992. I was born and raised in Bournemouth so enjoy living close to my family.

Term of Office ends on 31/08/19

I am an associate Finance Governor and work at Parley First School as the Finance & Business Manager. I qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and prior to joining the school I worked in various financial management positions in large corporate organisations and accountancy practices. In 2011, I obtained the Certificate in School Business Management qualification.

Term of Office ends on 26/03/20

Born and raised in Manchester I'm a graduate of King's College London and Southampton University and have qualifications in Music, Law and Theology. Ordained in 1993 I served curacies in Winchester Diocese before crossing the border to Salisbury when becoming Rector of West Parley in 2000. I have been an LEA Governor since 2005 and Chair of Governors since 2008 and consider the time and commitment I give to be an expression of the Church's commitment to the community. I am married to a primary school teacher and my youngest son is currently at Parley the eldest having now graduated to Ferndown Middle. I bring to the Governing Body and to my role as Chair a considerable knowledge of education as well as skills in managing and pastoring people and leading an organisation (parish church) which is similarly committed to goals of life-long learning and human flourishing.

Term of Office ends on: 05/04/21

I am a co-opted Governor at Parley First School. I was born and raised in West Parley and was in the very first intake when the school opened its doors in 1967. Currently, I have a grandson at the school and another hopefully starting in 2 years. Professionally, I am a deputy headteacher at a Junior School in Ringwood and bring 18 years experience of School Leadership/Governorship to this role.

Term of Office ends on 31/03/20

I joined the Fire Service in 1986 to help & serve the people of Dorset. After 19 years of operational duties I was diagnosed with MS and moved to an office based position to concentrate on Fire Safety and other safety matters. I was asked to join the Governors in 2008 and with my knowledge of safety matters I feel that I can carry on with my work. I am married to Jane and have no children. I was born and raised in Parley and hope to spend many happy days here.

Term of Office ends on 31/08/19

My name is Andrew Mooney, and I run my own Business as a Planning and Architectural Consultant, and I am also a member of the Charter Institute of Building. I have to deal with various trades and professionals in my line of my work, often in fairly contentious and challenging circumstances, which can require careful dispute resolution. I feel that I have various building design and maintenance skills to help the school with a variety of premises issues along with other management and negotiation skills picked up over the years. I am on the Governing body as a Parent Governor with responsibilities on the Finance and the Premises Committees and I am the link Governor for Numeracy. I have one daughter at Parley with my eldest having graduated to Ferndown Middle. I feel very committed to supporting the school towards the vision of becoming a world class learning environment.

Term of Office ends on 08/11/18

My name is Michelle Rossiter (known to most as Shelly). I am married and have two girls aged 9 and 3 years old. One who has just finished at Parley First School and now attends Ferndown Middle School. My education and working background started within early years running a Nursery and afterschool club and this progressed onto Play work where I completed a degree specialising within Special Education Needs and Disabilities. I currently am the Branch manager for Dorset YMCA and my key responsibility is to oversee a Dorset County Council specialised contract we have had for the last 14 years running short break provisions throughout Dorset for Children and Young people with severe multiple complex needs between the ages of 4-18 years. I also volunteer to run a Disabilities Youth group on a Monday night. I am hoping that this, and the close working relationships with key provisions and professionals within this field will give me a good knowledge base within my Key Governor responsibility as SEN/D link Governor.

Term of Office ends on 31/08/19

I was born in Bournemouth and grew up in the Bear Cross area, moving to Ferndown in 2014. I spent 8 ½ years in the British Army serving as a technician in the Royal Corps of Signals . Since leaving the Army in 1994 I have worked in the IT and communications industry and for the last 18 years have been working for Cisco, a global IT and networking company as a Project Manager.
I have one daughter at parley and my son is currently in nursery. I am a very keen sportsman and used to play football in the local Saturday and Sunday leagues and also coached youth football for a while .
I am on the governing body as a Parent Governor and have responsibilities as part of the Staffing and Curriculum committee . I look forward to helping the school and staff make Parley First School the best school it possibly can be not only for my children but all the children that attend this wonderful school.

Term of office ends on 30/01/20

I have lived locally all my life and recently jumped at the chance on serving on this governing body, at a school which I attended as a child. This will be my 11th year as a governor, all be it my first at Parley. I work at a high level with a Ferndown based company, who operate nationwide. I bring to the governing body 10 years of experience of governing at first school level.

Term of Office ends on 31/08/19

I am a Parent Governor who has also served as Clerk to the Governing Body. It was a role I really enjoyed and enabled me to develop a knowledge of governance and its various processes. I have two children at the school and have a real and enduring interest in governance at Parley. I have 24 years experience in financial services embracing customer services, process management, operational risk management, budgeting and finance, marketing and communications. I enjoy working collaboratively and especially the opportunities that teamwork provides for mutual encouragement, negotiation and challenge. In my time as Clerk I really enjoyed the opportunity to contribute from these skills in an environment of learning and nurture. I look forward to doing the same as a Parent Governor.

Term of Office ends on 22/05/19

I was brought up in South Wales and left home to spend 4 years studying and working in Manchester. I joined the RAF in 1999 and spent 16 years flying various different types of helicopters and aircraft. During this time I spent two tours as an instructor, teaching different types of pilots from new students fresh out of training, to seasoned operators wishing to upgrade to command on the front-line. This time gave me an insight into the pastoral issues that can affect the way people learn and how important good communication and co-operation between a team is to ensure any issues are addressed before problems become serious. I was frequently tasked with running various teams and committees, some of which were responsible with overseeing sizeable budgets. I also have a degree in Business Studies. I left the RAF in 2015 and now I fly Jumbo Jets out of Heathrow for a major airline. I have two children at Parley, aged 7 and 4 and I leapt at the chance to be a governor because I think Parley is a fantastic school. I am keen to do what little I can to support the dedicated staff who provide great learning opportunities for all our children.

Term of Office ends on 22/05/19

I have been a teacher at Parley First School for 12 years and have taught in years 1, 3 and 4. I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team and am also the Science and Outdoor Learning Coordinator; roles which enable me to bring my passion of nature and the outdoors to our children.
I was born in London, grew up in Hertfordshire and Bournemouth, and graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Psychology & Education. I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Bournemouth when my two sons started school, got my first teaching job at Parley in 2005 and have been here ever since! As a Governor, I hope to be a strong link between the staff, the pupils and the governing body, using my experience and knowledge of Parley in order to help to continue to move the school forward for our children.

Term of office ends on 03/01/21

Governors can be contacted directly through the Main School Office :

P - Parent Governor  /  C - Co-opted Governor / L - LEA Governor
S - Staff Governor / A - Associate Governor / H - Headteacher

School Accounts 2016/17

Summary of Business Interests - February 2017

Governor Attendance