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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)

     Headteacher and DSL

 Mrs. M. Cross

     Clerk to the Governing Body

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 Member / H - Headteacher


School accounts 2019/2020

Summary of Business Interests

Governor Attendance

Membership of the Governing Body 

Click on the governors name for further information

I was born and raised in Parley and I was in the very first intake at Parley First School when it opened as Parley Primary in 1967. I have 2 Grandchildren attending the school. I am recently retired. Professionally I was a teacher for 30 years and Deputy Head for the last 18 years.

Appointed 05.02.2020 - 4 years

Term Ends : Feb 2024

Appointed : 21st Sept 2020

Term of Office : 4 years

I am an associate Finance Governor and previously worked 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.

Appointed : May 2013

Term of Office ends on 26/03/21

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 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!

Appointed Nov 2018

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 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

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 for the last 20 years currently working for Verizon, a global IT and networking company as a Programme Manager. I have 2 children at Parley in years 3 and Reception. 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 .
I can be seen regulalrly dropping off and picking up my children and happy to talk to anyone regarding my role as a governor and supporting the school
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 04/02/2024

I have been working in the Financial Services Industry since 1998 and own and run a number of companies in and around Bournemouth & Poole, including St Barts Finance Ltd, an agency of Yorkshire Building Society and Introvice Ltd (a software company). 

I am qualified as a Mortgage Advisor and a Financial Advisor and advise on and arrange anything from mortgages and pensions, through to deposit based savings utilising a team of Advisors in my businesses.

My working life is now much more about strategy, development and finance and I manage a team of people to deliver this to the best of our ability. I also serve on the board of Openwork, one of the largest financial services networks in the UK – discussing strategy and implementation for Mortgage & Protection across 3,000+ UK based Advisors.

I live with my wife (Carol) in West Parley and have 2 boys (Ryan & Thomas) who attend Parley First School. Although I am hugely impressed with Parley First School, I and am keen to help develop and improve the school further wherever I can.

I enjoy working with both the teachers, children and parents to achieve a common goal and hope that my skill set can be used effectively as and when required.

Appointed July 2018

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.

Appointed 23rd May 2020

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)