Dorset, United Kingdom
About Parkfield School
Parkfield School is an all-through school in the town of Bournemouth, Dorset. Offering places to children aged 4-16, it first opened its doors in September 2013. Parkfield School was founded under the free schools programme, meaning that while tuition is free and the school is state-funded, it is not run by the local authority.
Parkfield School has plans to move to a new site close to Bournemouth Airport, which will offer expanded new-build facilities including a purpose-built sports hall.
Mr I Golding
Vision and values
At Parkfield School, Key Stage 1 and Reception-level pupils are taught through the Montessori Method, in which mixed-age classrooms and child-led education takes precedence. Children are allowed to discover new things for themselves rather than via direct instruction.
A more mainstream approach is taken in the older year groups, with International Baccalaureate programmes followed for pupils at secondary level. Parkfield runs a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including a number of sports clubs, as well as academic “booster” sessions.
“The distinctive curriculum, with its focus on the environment and global issues, is effective in promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development… Respectful relationships between pupils and staff underpin the school’s harmonious and safe environment.”