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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

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


   Mr. J. Bagwell (H)


 Mrs. M. Cross

     Clerk to the Governing Body

Membership of the Governing Body 

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 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 26/03/21

Term of office ends on 26/11/22

I have lived in Ferndown since 2004. Originally an Essex person, I have spent most of my working life in London and the surrounding areas, where I started as an apprentice shopfitter. When I finished my apprenticeship I moved within the company to study major works and building technology with the intention of being involved in multi-million pound contracts. To this end I advanced to the position of contacts manager and was with the company for 14 years. I then decided to start my own business and with a lot of hard work and luck, I was successful. As time progresses, I opened a decorating department within my company and again became a major player in London.
After retirement, a large local school approached me to take on the position of buildings manager on a 2 year contract. This would be a steep learning curve but gave me great knowledge and experience in building projects and finance.
I am a loyal and honest person who likes to get things done. I love children and believe they should be nurtured, helped in the right direction and listened to, as after all they are the future of this country.

Term of office ends on 30/06/22

I have been working at Parley for the last four and a half years, I began teaching in Reception and now teach in Year 2. I am part of the the Senior Leadership Team and lead Literacy across the school. I am incredibly proud to work at Parley First School and I am passionate to work with the governing body and staff to develop the school further. I am an associate governor and sit on the Finance Committee. In my spare time I enjoy walking at the beach with my Cockerpoo Leonard!

Term of office ends on 20/11/22

I have lived in Ferndown for 10 years and am married to one of the lovely ladies in the school office team. We have 2 children; one attends Parley and the second will be coming up soon.

I have been an IT Contractor for 20+ years so didn’t get much time for school runs or getting involved in the local community. 2 years ago I decided on a career change and became a greenkeeper at a local golf course. Although this means early starts it has enabled me to spend more time with my family, be there for school pick-ups and take more of an active role in my children’s extracurricular activities.

With this extra time I can give more back to my kids and the school and am happy to adopt a more hands on approach taking on any tasks needed to improve all aspects of school life.

My son thoroughly enjoys attending Parley and as a parent governor I want support the school to ensure the same high standards are upheld all children starting at Parley.

Term of office ends on 25/11/22

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 29/01/21

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 02/09/2022

I have been working in the Property/Financial Services Industry for over 20 years and have been Managing Director of St Barts Finance Ltd since 2009. I work as a Financial Adviser / Mortgage Adviser and have a number of other employed full-time advisers and administration staff, split between our Bournemouth & Poole offices. I manage the staff and day to day running of the company as well as looking after a large introducer network, including a large number of Estate Agents, Accountants, Solicitors and Property Developers/Builders. I live with my wife (Carol) in West Parley and have 2 boys (Ryan & Thomas) who attend Parley First School. I and am keen to help out at the school wherever I can and look forward to working with both the teachers and children going forward. Term of office ends on 30/06/2022

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 22/05/20

Click on the governors name for further information

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 2017/18

Summary of Business Interests

Governor Attendance