There are many different ways to help in school, and we welcome all our volunteers, whether it’s a regular commitment or on a one-off basis.
What is a classroom helper?
Classroom helpers assist teachers on a regular basis; helping by listening to pupils read for just half an hour can make a big difference to the children (if it’s a regular slot each week, that’s an added bonus!), or assisting with other classroom roles.
Other ways to volunteer
There are ways to volunteer that don’t require a regular commitment. We always need volunteers to help with school trips, drama productions, after-school clubs or one-off events. The school library is run by volunteers and Year 6 pupils, and DBS checked volunteers can work in the library at any time between 8.30 am and 5pm. Or 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. or you could run a lunchtime or after-school club.
Of course, FOGG (Friends of Girton Glebe) also welcome volunteers to help at FOGG events or with FOGG initiatives, such as the Garden Group. For more information visit www.foggpta.org.
Become a parent helper – and make a difference to all our pupils
Parent helpers make a big difference in improving standards. 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.
Being a community helper – share your experience
Many of our volunteers are non-parent helpers, who gain new skills and enjoyment through volunteering in school. Please come and talk to us about how you’d like to help or get involved.
How to become a volunteer
If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact the school office or, if you’re a parent, talk to your child’s teacher.
Before you can work in school, you need to have a police background check (a DBS check), which is a standard procedure, the results of which are confidential. If you have any police convictions, you may still be able to volunteer, depending on the kind of conviction. There is no charge for us obtaining this for you.
We greatly appreciate all our volunteers, please consider joining us.