Volunteers at Henry Tyndale.
Volunteers at our school bring with them a range of skills and experience that can enhance the learning opportunities of pupils. Our volunteers have included Members of the Governing Body, Parents of pupils, Students on work experience, University students, Ex-members of staff, Friends of the school, members of the local community.
The types of activities that volunteers engage in, on behalf of the school, may include a wide variety of activities such as hearing pupils read, working with small groups of pupils to assist them in their learning, working alongside individual pupils, supporting swimming, accompanying school visits and many more.
We are committed to safeguarding pupils, young people and vulnerable adults and expect our volunteers to share that commitment.
Becoming a Volunteer
Anyone wishing to become a volunteer, either for a one off event such as a school visit or on a more regular basis, e.g. hearing pupils read, usually approaches a member of the Office staff, the member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for volunteers and work experience students or the Headteacher. All necessary checks will be carried out before volunteers are allowed to support within the school.
Process for Volunteers at Henry Tyndale
Contact the school via e-mail or by visiting reception
The volunteers are invited to attend the school for an informal discussion to ensure the volunteer is fully aware of the roles and activities that they may be required to participate in and their suitability for the role
All the necessary safeguarding checks will then take place, volunteers will be required to complete a form and if appropriate give the name of two references. The school will seek DBS clearance for a volunteer before they come into school, to make an informed decision when accepting volunteers to work with children. This is not required where a volunteer is engaged in a ‘one-off’ activity
Once all the checks have taken place any volunteers will be invited to come to the school to complete the school induction and all documentation explained and issued. This will include the Health and Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Behaviour Management, Confidentiality, Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Policy.
Volunteer records are kept in a central place within the school.
All volunteers work under the supervision of a teacher or full time member of staff. Teachers retain ultimate responsibility for pupils at all times, including the pupils’ behaviour and the activity they are undertaking.