Volunteers at our school bring with them a range of skills and experience that can enhance the learning opportunities, achievement and enjoyment of children at our school. We welcome and encourage volunteers from the all sections of the local community.
Our Volunteers include:
- Parents and other relatives of pupils
- Members of the Governing Body
- Students on work experience
- Ex-members of staff
- Local residents
The types of activities that Volunteers support and assist with include:
- Hearing children read
- Working with small groups of children
- Working alongside individual children
- Undertaking art and craft activities with children
- Working in our school Learning Resource Centre
- Running or assisting with after-school clubs
- Working with children on the computers
- Accompanying school visits
The Benefits of Volunteering
For the children: increases in understanding, achievement, self-confidence and self esteem
For teaching staff: greater opportunity to work with other children, so enabling the class as a whole to learn more effectively and achieve more.
For the volunteer: a great sense of achievement and personal satisfaction, new knowledge and new skills, improved career prospects.
What Volunteering Has Already Helped Achieve In Winterbourne
Our school and our pupils are lucky enough to benefit, on a daily basis, from the fantastic efforts of our many brilliant volunteers, who have helped the achievement of a wide range of important activities and benefits, including:
- Supporting learning across the curriculum
- Supporting arts week
- Supporting literacy week
- Assistance with a wide variety of other school events, including school plays and productions
Support For Volunteers
We greatly value and appreciate the time and effort that each of our volunteers generously gives to our school, whether it is on a regular or more ad hoc basis. In order to try to make our volunteers feel welcomed, valued and well informed about our school – including its activities, values and objectives – we aim to provide active and positive support to our volunteers in several ways, including:
- A Welcome Pack, supporting a structured induction process
- Full training when needed
- Support from Teachers
Becoming a Volunteer
All applicants must complete the Volunteer Information Sheet and send it to the school either by post or email. All applications the school receives are kept on file and will be considered as and when a need arises.
Before starting to help in school, volunteers will also be invited to complete the Volunteer Agreement which sets out the school’s expectations of volunteers but, just as importantly, explains what volunteers can expect from our school. Prospective volunteers will also be required to complete a routine Criminal Record Bureau disclosure application (“DBS check”), before starting to help in school.