We welcome parents or other adults in school to assist with reading to children or other duties such as the school library. At the beginning of each school year, teachers will assess the requirements for their class and volunteers will be allocated to individual classes. This may mean that sometimes, especially later in the school year, all places are allocated and there may not be a need for extra helpers. It's always worth asking though, as we can hold details of suitable volunteers for future opportunites.
Naturally, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education "Keeping children safe in education" is a vital consideration for us when arranging for adults to work with children. All volunteers who wish to work regularly with our children will be asked to complete a Volunteer Helper Application form which is available from the school office. We'll ask for details of previous employment and any experience of working with children and two personal references may be required. We will also require all applicants to hold a clear Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)/ or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.
Occasionally, we may ask for parents volunteers to accompany school trips or walk with children to church services. In these "one off" situations, volunteers won't be asked to supervise children alone, so there is no requirement for the same vetting procedures.
If you are interested in helping in school, please ask at the school office, or speak to your child's teacher.