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 www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor.
Mr. J. Bagwell (H)
Headteacher and DSL
Mrs. J. Benton
Clerk to the Governing Body
Governors can be contacted directly through the Main School Office email@example.com
P - Parent Governor / C - Community Governor / L - LEA Governor
S - Staff Governor / A - Associate Member / H - Headteacher
Membership of the Governing Body
Click on the governors name for further information
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.
Appointed LEA Governor 23rd May 2020
Appointed Chair of Governors 18th January 2021
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.
Appointed June 2018
Term of office ends on 30/06/22
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 who currently attend Parley First School.
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 children thoroughly enjoy 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.
Appointed Nov 2018
Term of office ends on 25/11/22
My name is Michelle- known too most as Shelly. I live locally in Ferndown, and am married with two girls- one who has already been through Parley First School and now at Ferndown Upper. My education and working back ground started within early years managing a nursery and after school, which is where I then progressed into Play work and completed a Degree in Play work specialising within the Special educational needs and disabilities as well as therapies field. I currently work full time for NHS 111 as a health advisor, which is a job I am very proud to be part of. Prior to this I managed short breaks projects for children aged 4-19 years with severe multiple complex needs for Dorset Council for 19 years which gave me a wealth of knowledge and skills within SEND. I am passionate about ensuring that every child within Parley reaches their full potential and supporting the school in their nurturing and whole child approach. I am also a SEND Governor within Ferndown Middle School and have been for just over four years which gives me a greater insight into transition and the Ferndown Pyramid.
Appointed Nov 2010
Term of Office ends on 31/08/23
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 04/02/2024
I am originally from Ferndown and qualified as a teacher in 1995. I have worked at a number of different schools both locally and in East and West Sussex. I have been a member of staff at Parley since September 2009 and have had a number of roles within the school including class teacher, PPA cover teacher and more recently the Special Needs Co ordinator – SENDCO. I am Staff Governor representing the staff at Parley First School on the governing body. I also sit on the Staffing and Curriculum committee. I live locally and also teach swimming at Ferndown Leisure Centre.
Appointed : March 2019
Term : 4 years (ending 28th Feb 2023)