We love having volunteers in school.
There are different ways you can volunteer at St. Leonard’s including helping in the classroom and joining school trips.
What is a classroom volunteer?
Classroom volunteers assist teachers on a regular basis. They help with tasks like listening to pupils read, art and craft activities and other in class support
Classroom volunteers usually commit to spending regular slots of time in school each week. This time can vary from half an hour to a whole day.
Classroom volunteers make a big difference. Even if you’re not helping in your child’s class, research shows that having a parent who volunteers improves a child’s experience of school. This may be because you’re more ‘plugged in’ to school and know what goes on during their day. It’s a great way to get behind the scenes.
How to become a volunteer
If you’re interested in volunteering, talk to your child’s teacher or a member of the office staff.
Before you can work in a school, you need to have a police background check. It’s a standard procedure – carried out by the Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS). You’ll be asked to fill out a straightforward form which is sent off for processing – the check takes 4-6 weeks. If you have any police convictions, you may still be able to volunteer, depending on the kind of conviction.
You will also be asked to complete a volunteer application form and references will be called for.
Other ways to volunteer at your child’s school
Being a classroom volunteer is only one way to volunteer at school. There are other things you can do that don’t require a regular commitment.
Teachers often ask for parent volunteers to help with school trips. However, as with being a classroom volunteer, you probably won’t be looking after your own child directly. Schools also ask parents to help with drama productions or with one-off events at the school.
Another way you can help is by offering your skills. For example, your work experience may be useful to share with pupils at some point in the curriculum – again, not necessarily in your child’s year.
School Spirit Days offer a great opportunity for you to volunteer in school.
Please speak to the school office if you would like to volunteer.