On behalf of the School Standards Board of Parley First School I would like to extend a warm welcome to our school to all stakeholders including pupils, parents, families, teachers, staff and our local community.

Our Board is comprised of school staff, parents and members of the local community who all volunteer their time, skills and expertise in this role. It is my privilege as chair to lead to School Standards Board, ensuring our team of governors work effectively and understand their accountability and the part they play in the strategic leadership of the school and in driving school improvement.

The core focus of governors is to:

  • Ensure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Support and challenge executive leaders of the school. Where necessary, governors hold the school’s senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the organisation, its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Ensure the voices of stakeholders are heard.

Governors visit school regularly and formal activities are carried out at half-termly meetings with the school’s senior leadership team. We all strive to ensure that Parley First School offers a positive experience for all, with a fine balance of challenge and enjoyment around the school; we are immensely proud of the commitment and work of the school in this respect.

If you wish to discuss any matters relating to the governance of the school, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office. However, if you have any questions regarding the day-to-day operational management of the school, then please contact the school office who will direct your query to the most appropriate person. 

Chris Jones
Chair of Governors

The Governing Body

Our school governors meet at least once every term. There is more information on the role of the school governor and how to become one at www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor.

Chair of the Governors contact details

Mr Chris Jones
c/o Parley First School
Glenmoor Road
BH22 8QE

Governors can also be contacted directly through the Main School Office email: office@parley.dorset.sch.uk

P – Parent Governor / C – Community Governor / S – Staff Governor / H – Headteacher

Mr. J. Bagwell (H)

Headteacher and DSL

Mrs. J. Benton

Clerk to the Governing Body


For further information on the Castleman Academy Trust governance, please see our trust website.

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Mr C Jones (P) - Chair of Governors and Curriculum Governor

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 previously had two children at Parley First School 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.

Appointed LEA Governor 23rd May 2020

Appointed Chair of Governors 18th January 2021

Mr J Chadd (C) - Health & Safety Governor

My name is Jonathan Chadd and I am married with two children and live locally in the Ferndown area. I currently work for a local charity as their Building and Facilities Manager with overall responsibility for 10 sites. My areas of responsibility include, Building Services and IT budgets, Health & Safety compliance & Procurement. I also give strategic management to the IT functions for the Organisation. After graduating from Bournemouth University, I became head of IT for a locally based company. I have also undertaken various IT based project management/consultancy roles with major Sports companies, and other well-known organisations. I previously served as a parent governor at Hampreston First School and enjoyed my time there immensely. I am passionate about education and ensuring children get the best start in life. I look forward to supporting and linking with the Local Authority to support the staff team here at Parley First School to continue the excellent work already being undertaken.

Term of office ends on 02/09/2026

Mrs N Cucka (P) - Safeguarding Governor
My name is Nicola Cucka, I am married to my Husband Niki and have two children that currently attend Parley First School, Jamie and Amelia. I currently work in the HR division for a private Healthcare Charity and I have been working in HR for 10 years.

During my period of furlough last year, I decided to make a change and focus on what I enjoy doing and my passion to make a difference in children’s lives, so after the summer sunshine I enrolled in a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Course, which I complete in April. As a child, I grew up wanting to be a Primary School Teacher (and a James Bond girl of course!) and regrettably I never pursed either and Daniel Craig is still very much a dream, so until he comes along I am pursuing the next best rewarding career of becoming a Teaching Assistant.

I am really excited to put myself forward for this role as a Parent Governor and believe with my desire to progress our children and my HR knowledge and experience I can use these skills to help the School continue to deliver their high standards and developing the talent in our young people.

Appointed April 2021

Term of office ends on 30/04/2025

Mr N Yarr (P) - Parent Governor
Parley plays such a pivotal role in our community and to serve as a Parent Governor is a very exciting and important prospect.

As Business Development Manager for an international Oil and Gas Service Company, I have over 20 years commercial, operational and Engineering experience in an industry where health, safety and risk management are paramount. Having worked in many different countries, the most rewarding aspect has been working with people and teams from diverse cultures.

I also progressed through our local school system and a keen supporter of our pyramid structure. Joining the Castleman Trust presents opportunities for Parley to acquire an increased level of operational, strategic and financial autonomy and I would be very keen to offer my support.

I’m also a great advocate for science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and appreciate the importance these subjects have in early development years. I believe these subjects should be fun, relevant and accessible to all children.

Above all, the best job in the world is being Dad to my two girls, both currently attending the school. As a Governor I would be conveying a balanced, committed and passionate parental perspective and ensure we provide our Children with the best start.

Appointed April 2021

Term of office ends on 30/04/2025

Mrs P Britton (C) - Community Governor

My family and I have lived in Ferndown for 4 years and my two boys attend Parley First. Both my parents were teachers (my mum, now retired, is currently a lunchtime supervisor at Parley). From a young age it was instilled in me the importance of the basic building blocks of education, which sets one up for life.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant working at a local manufacturing company. I trained as an auditor in practice and then ventured into corporate. I was a primary school Mathematics tutor during my university years and a part-time lecturer in tertiary education after becoming qualified. I have worked in diverse junior and senior management roles encompassing bookkeeping, auditing, compliance, governance, budgeting, capital projects, corporate forensic investigations and mediation with employees and unions.

For the past three years I have been the volunteer auditor for the Parley First Voluntary Fund account. As a family we count ourselves extremely lucky to have our children attend a school that shows so much love and care. Any time or expertise that I can give back to our school family, I consider an honour.

Appointed April 2021

Term of office ends on 01/09/2026

Mrs R Reffell (P) - Parent Governor

My background is in education, when I left school I trained as a nursery nurse and moved through to primary teaching and senior leadership roles.

I currently work within the school improvement team for a Trust of 6 schools, based in Christchurch. In my previous school I was a co-opted member of the governing body. Currently I am a Non-Executive Director for RAFAKidz, a growing charitable nursery group run by the Royal Air Force Association. I would love to share this experience of strategic challenge with the Parley First leadership team, along with my rooted knowledge in educational standards and my passion and expertise as a Specialist Leader in Education for early years and the infant phase. Alongside these skills and experiences is my personal belief that the first years of the primary school phase are to be filled with laughter, wonder and magic for ALL children.

I believe that my nature, skillset and experience will complement the Parley First governing body and I hope to be able to represent parents and share in the school’s continued journey to excellence.

Appointed 7th November 2022

Term of office ends on 7th November 2026

Mr C Morris (C) - Community Governor

Hello; I’m Chris Morris and I’m the new Community Governor for Parley First.

My employment background is quite varied including chemistry, programming, analysis, team leading, Health and Safety and HR. The last few years of my working life were spent as HR manager in Higher Education and I retired in 2018.

My wife Helen and I moved to Ferndown from Coventry around two and a half years ago, having decided this was where would retire to many years ago.

I was a governor in a maintained Primary school in Coventry for 6 years and chair of the Resources committee for three of those years. Looking after Finance, HR and Health and Safety. I’m sure my experiences and knowledge gained from that time will help me to integrate into Parley First.

I am very much looking forward to supporting everyone within this vibrant community and being able reflect those views and ideas within School.

Everything I do to support the Board will be done with the children’s interests to the front of my mind. 

I am really excited to become involved with this fantastic school and to help its progression wherever I can.

Term Ends: 28th May 2027