We have lots of volunteers in school and we value the skills and expereinces that they bring.
Volunteers help in the classroom, read with children, support school trips and visits and work alongside lunchtime staff. We also welcome volunteers at our after-school club - this runs every day from 3.15 until 6.00 and welcomes up to 20 children a day. This is an ideal opportunity to gain experience of working with children in a playwork setting.
Volunteers working in classes must be confident English speakers with good basic skills - this is equivalent to a level 1 qualification or above. We occasionally welcome PGCE students for 2-week placements at the start of the school year and we currently have several student teachers from Europe as well.
The first step is to complete an application form, which is available here. If we can offer you a placement we then need to check your DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, or carry out a new check. We ask for a contribution of £15 to process this check. Before you start your placement a volunteering agreement is also completed and signed. The volunteering agreement explains our guidelines regarding confidentiality, health and safety, child protection and communication. You can read this here.
Please note, we are generally happy to provide references for volunteers who have been with us for 3 months or more.