An independent day school for boys and girls aged 2 - 11 years.
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Park School Music

We have a strong musical tradition at Park School with a qualified team of specialist music teachers.

As well as the pupils’ weekly class music lessons, the children may, on reaching the required standards, join our School Orchestra and/or our Jazz Band.  There is also a flourishing ‘training’ orchestra.


All children are encouraged to play a musical instrument. Specialist lessons are available in woodwind, brass, strings, piano, recorder, guitar, percussion and singing.

Children from Year 2 upwards can join our one of our School Choirs. Our choirs have performed in many concerts at local venues as well as providing a musical input at school events. We have a specialist peripatetic singing teacher who offers coaching for those children who like to sing simply for pleasure and for those who wish to obtain their singing grades.

The Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band perform at several venues during the year. The children also form their own ensembles and small groups to perform to parents.

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Park School Sports

Sports and team games are an important and integral element of our school’s curriculum. In addition to competing against other preparatory schools, we take part in many local maintained school leagues and competitions. We actively encourage the children to participate in team and individual events and we have achieved numerous successes at town, county and national levels.


We believe sport for all develops the children’s skills, self-esteem and social interaction. It also helps them learn to cope with disappointments.

All the children at Park School receive a broad and balanced programme of physical education and sport. From Reception to Year 6 all children have one PE lesson per week, during which they focus on gymnastics, dance, core strength, balance, table tennis and other sports. Children in Years 1 to 6 enjoy an additional two games sessions per week.

During the winter, boys and girls play football, tag rugby and hockey, whilst the girls also play netball. In summer, boys and girls play cricket, rounders and athletics.

On our main site, we have a well-equipped sports hall, an outdoor all weather pitch, a netball court and a basketball court. In addition, the school’s recently acquired sports ground (Dean Park Cricket Ground) is used by one or more of our year groups every day. High class facilities are also used at the Littledown Centre, the Sir David English Centre and Kings Park Athletics stadium which provide large astro pitches, netball courts and specialist athletics facilities. All of these venues are a few minutes ride in one of the school minibuses or a coach.

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Drama and Elocution

Drama is a flourishing aspect of life at Park School. Formal drama lessons are taken by every class throughout the week. Pupils are encouraged to demonstrate their talents at class assemblies and Christmas performances.

Each year the Year 6 pupils perform a Summer play for the entertainment of both parents and pupils.


Pupils are encouraged to improve their speech and confidence through weekly Elocution lessons. Many of them then enter the LAMDA examinations with great success. Although this activity is extra, a large percentage of pupils take it up.

The children also compete with great success in the Bournemouth Speech and Drama Festival. Many of our children have performed with local theatre, ballet and dance groups.

Some children have even performed in the West End and in one notable case on Broadway.

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Park School Holiday Club

We offer a chargeable holiday club during most school holidays.  These are run by familiar, experienced members of staff.  Most clubs are held on the school grounds and include a range of craft, sport and ICT activities.

We also run a water sports week during the summer at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre for children aged 7 and over. Here the children will learn to sail, wall climb, kayak, canoe, raft build and often included are archery skills. The week also includes beach games and a giant water fight.

Our clubs are very successful and the children love to coming to school for the clubs as this is a safe, familiar environment for them. They make new friends and love taking home the ‘treasure’ they make.

If you have any questions about holiday clubs, please contact Mrs Dennis on

These courses are subject to staff availability.

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How we teach maths

We know that the teaching of Mathematics has undergone significant developments over the years and parents sometimes tell us that they are unsure of the methods currently being used to teach their children. We have therefore created this new section on our website.

Below, you can access documents outlining the path that pupils take in learning the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as they move up through each year group.

Progressions for Addition
Progressions for Subtraction
Progressions for Multiplication
Progressions for Division

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At Park School we aim to provide opportunities for the development of the whole child inside the classroom and outside. In addition to the full range of academic subjects (in accordance with the National Curriculum), we offer every child the opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching and challenging environments in many extra-curricular areas.

At the beginning of each academic year there is a ‘Curriculum Meeting’ for parents during which teachers explain what the children will be learning and how parents can support from home.

Curriculum Enhancements

Numerous visits are undertaken each term to support work done in the classroom. We enjoy exploring the many excellent facilities available in Dorset and Hampshire as well as further afield. The visits are appropriate to the age of the children and very carefully planned by the teaching staff.

Curriculum Forecasts

Curriculum Forecast information, available online at the beginning of each term, inform parents of what their children will be taught throughout the term.
These forecasts are reviewed termly and updated in line with ongoing pupil assessment and changes to the National Curriculum.

Please click the link to download a copy of the relevant Curriculum Forecast.

Year 6 – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast
Year 5 – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast
Year 4 – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast
Year 3 – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast
Year 2 – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast
Year 1 – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast
Reception – Michaelmas 2018 Curriculum Forecast

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Inspection Reports

Our last full ISI inspection in June 2015 awarded us Excellent across all areas of School and EYFS and we passed the ISI Compliance Inspection in May 2018 with flying colours.

Full Inspections do not provide a single overarching judgement for the school but instead give a clear judgement on each aspect of the school’s work at the beginning of each section. These headline statements must include one of the ISI descriptors:  Excellent/Good/Sound/Unsatisfactory.  Park School was awarded the following judgements:

The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning EXCELLENT
The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision EXCELLENT
The contribution of teaching EXCELLENT
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils EXCELLENT
The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care EXCELLENT
The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety EXCELLENT
The quality of governance EXCELLENT
The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians EXCELLENT


Early Years

As an Ofsted registered setting at the time of the Full Inspection in 2015, the ISI used the Ofsted levels to assess our Early Years Provision.  The levels are as follows: Outstanding – this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality; Good – this aspect of the provision is strong; Satisfactory – this aspect of the provision is sound; Inadequate – this aspect of the provision is not good enough.  Park School was awarded the following judgements:

Meeting the needs of the range of children who attend OUTSTANDING
The contribution of the early years provision to the children’s well-being OUTSTANDING
The leadership and management of the early years provision OUTSTANDING
The overall quality and standards of the early years provision OUTSTANDING

Download the Park School Inspection Report 2015

Download the Park School Compliance Inspection Report 2018

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School Policies and Information

Please note that the following policies and information are available to download here:

Parents of pupils in the Nursery and Reception may contact the Independent Schools Inspectorate (, 020 7600 0100) if they believe that the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage are not being met.

A staff list (including qualifications) is available here on the School website.

Copies of all documents are available free of charge from the School Office upon request.

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Cooked Lunches

Cooked lunches are freshly prepared each day, with the menus rotated weekly.  The menu for the current week is on the School Notice Board (on the main drive).

Week 1 – commencing 12 November 2018

Week 2 – commencing 19 November 2018







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Current Park School teaching staff are listed below:


Mrs M Dowler BSc (Hons) PGCE Headteacher
Miss K Anderson BA (Hons) with QTS Teacher
Miss H Beardsley BA (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs S Bendell BA (Hons) Primary Education Teacher
Miss R Carruthers BA (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs L Carvell BA (Hons) Primary Education Teacher
Mrs R Cattani BA (Hons) Primary Education Teacher
Mrs A Coe MA Music Education Class Music Teacher
Mrs A Deeks BA (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs A Dennis BA (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs R Goldsmith BSc (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Miss J Green BSc (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs J Lawrence Diploma of Education Teacher
Mr B Lewis BA (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Miss H Miller BA (Hons) Head of Sports
Mrs S Moyse-Bartlett BA (Hons) with QTS Teacher
Mrs K Packer BA (Hons) with QTS Teacher
Mr D Parnum BSc (Hons) with QTS (PE and Geography) Sports Teacher
Mrs A Passmore B Ed. Teacher
Mrs S Rodwell BSc (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mr M Smart BA (Hons) Teacher
Mr M Spraggs BA (Hons) with QTS Teacher
Mr M Squires BSc (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs C Vallance BA (Hons) PGCE Teacher
Mrs A Willis BA (Hons) with QTS Teacher

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