There are many different ways that volunteers can help within school, including helping in the classroom, the library, joining school trips, helping with orchestra, or with the school gardens. We welcome our volunteers, whether its a regular commitment or helping on a one-off basis.
What is a classroom helper?
Classroom helpers volunteer to assist teachers on a regular basis, and help with tasks like listening to pupils read, usually committing to regular slots of time in school each week. This time can vary, but just half an hour can make a big difference to teachers and children.
Other ways to volunteer
There are other ways to volunteer that don’t require a regular commitment. The school needs volunteers to help with school trips, drama productions, after-school clubs or one-off events at the school. 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. 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. 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.
Being a parent helper
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 non-parent helper
Many of our volunteers are non-parent helpers who gain new skills and enjoyment through volunteering in school.
How to become a volunteer
If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Lomax via 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.
We greatly appreciate all our volunteers, please consider joining us.