Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Portland Primary School.
Volunteering can take many forms and we appreciate the help that our volunteers give us to support the work of the school.
We value our volunteers and we hope that you will enjoy working with us.
We have produced this guide to help you feel comfortable working in school and we hope that you will also feel able to ask any questions as they arise.
We would like to thank you for offering to be a volunteer helper at our school. We regard you as a member of our team. We have a professional duty to you – just as we have to all members of staff - to make your time with us happy and fulfilling.
What procedures do I need to follow to help at school? - Any adult volunteer wanting to help at the school will need to come to the office and express their interest. If volunteers help on a regular basis (planned weekly visits) or are on their own with children in the school, we will require each volunteer to compete an application form and have a DBS check. This will be followed up with an induction to our school safeguarding procedures. We do not want this procedure to put off volunteers, but this measure is in place to contribute to the safety of all our children.
Safety is at the heart of our care for all children and it is very important that we know exactly who is on the school premises and where they are. We do so via the school office and ask every adult who comes into school to report there. Each visitor must sign in. They will then be issued with a visitor's badge. We ask that visitors then sign out when they leave.
Where will I be working? - Usually parents/carers help one class. You may be asked to help in another class where additional support for an activity would be useful. Volunteers often utilise their skills and help in a curriculum area such as Art or ICT. Please let us know if you have an interest or skill in a certain area. We do not have parents working in the same class as their children.
What rules are the children expected to follow? - At Portland Spencer Academy we have high expectations for achievement and behaviour. We all follow the Portland Pact, to ASPIRE.
As a helper, you will not be required to manage behaviour, but the children enjoy verbal praise for good behaviour from all adults.
How much time must I give? - It's up to you! We appreciate any time you choose to offer. Some volunteers prefer to have a regular time each week for a term, others prefer to arrange to help when they can spare some time e.g. for school trips, walking children to and from church, on special school activities or visits etc. All we ask is that you let us know if you have made an arrangement with the school but find that you can't come.
Your work in school is valuable and the teacher may have been counting on you to help with an activity that cannot go ahead without your assistance.
Let us know if you cannot come - just give us a call or send a message so that we can avoid disappointing the children.