Parkfield offers its pupils yoga to combat SATs stress

Year 6 pupils from Parkfield – the only Free school in Bournemouth – have been enjoying yoga classes to help them cope with the pressures of their SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). The youngsters are among thousands of children across the country taking SATs, which evaluate youngsters in English and maths and enable the government to gauge how schools are performing. … Read More

Parkfield pupils take on national maths challenge

Fifty pupils from years six, seven and eight at Parkfield School in Hurn took part in the national, Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC) 2018. The annual competition, run by the UK Maths Trust, aims to ignite children’s passion for maths and improve their problem solving skills and is entered by thousands of schools from across the country. The challenge takes the … Read More

Parkfield to hold Open Evening at new Hurn site

Parkfield pupils and staff are preparing to show off their new school at Hurn with an Open Evening. The event is open to all and will take place on Thursday September 28, between 4pm and 8pm. Around 420 pupils, staff and support staff, have moved into the eight-acre educational facility, next to Bournemouth Airport. The former air traffic control training building has … Read More

Parkfield sports days are a real team effort

Parkfield School held two, fun, sports days featuring running, jumping….pirates and dinosaurs! While the older pupils’ sports day involved the more traditional running and track events, the early years and key stage one pupils kicked off their day of sport with a parade based on some of the topics they have studied this year. Head of PE Kim Taylor, explained: … Read More

Parkfield appoints dynamic new leadership team

Parkfield, Bournemouth’s only Free School, has appointed a new team of leaders to drive high standards in its primary school. Charlotte Goodrum is the new Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Phase Leader. Cass Claxton is the new Key Stage 1 Phase Leader, and Toni Wilcox has been appointed Key Stage 2 Phase Leader. All are currently form teachers at … Read More

Parkfield pupils get the measure of evolution

Parkfield pupils, from the smallest to the tallest, enjoyed a day of science, exploration and investigation inspired by Charles Darwin. Mixed groups of students from Year three to Year 10 came together to learn about evolution and Darwin’s theories through a range of experiments and creative work. Reception and Key Stage 1 students carried out surveys and activities to help them … Read More

New head for Parkfield School

Parkfield School has welcomed a new interim head, Ian Golding, a leader at one of the country’s biggest multi-academy trusts. Ian, from Oasis Multi-Academy Trust, brings with him 25 years’ experience in education. He was involved in successfully merging two Southampton schools to form Lord’s Hill Academy and led the school to a good Ofsted judgement in March 2016. Ian … Read More

Pupils get acquainted with extraordinary beasts

Parkfield School pupils welcomed some unusual visitors including a giant cockroach, a tarantula and a waxy monkey tree frog called Pogo. The animals were brought in by Ian Tite from Crazy Creatures Animal Encounters to complement the pupils’ topic work on animal habitats. Mrs Lee Hovelmeier, Montessori co-ordinator at Parkfield, said: “Our Lily and Buttercup reception classes have been looking … Read More

Parkfield pupils tot up a marvellous day of maths

Parkfield School pupils marked NSPCC Numbers Day with a day of maths challenges. Parkfield enjoys a day of mixed, year group working once every half term and the latest – Maths Day – coincided with the NSPCC’s annual fundraiser. Maths teacher Mrs Cowgill, said: “The day was all about getting students involved in hands-on maths. “Pupils were encouraged to collaborate, … Read More

Parkfield secondary parents take a tour of new Hurn site

Parents of Year 6 children have enjoyed a guided tour of the secondary school at Parkfield School’s new Hurn site. The visit was arranged by Parkfield for parents who are making their secondary school choices for September 2017. Martina Spooner was among the parents who surveyed new IT suites, art rooms and science labs, as well as a performance theatre, … Read More