Volunteering at Primley Wood Primary School
There are a range of ways that you can get involved with school, for example, work experience and placements, volunteering, joining the Parent Teacher Association or becoming a Trustee. This page helps you decide what option is right for you.
What do you want to achieve?
Do you want experience to help you apply for a job? Are you looking to ‘give back’ to your local community and support children/families in the area where you live? Do you need a placement as part of a college/university course? Would you like to share your expertise and offer time to help school to grow? Or, you might just be looking to widen your social circle and make some new friends! Once you’ve decided what you want to get out of volunteering personally, you’ll have a better idea of how you might be able to get involved.
Becoming part of a strong and happy team
What we can offer you is the opportunity to become part of an established, hard-working and happy team. As a regular member of the team, you would get to experience everyday life within a school with all the fun and challenges that presents! You would have your own responsibilities and the help and training needed to deliver them.
It’s important to know though that becoming a volunteer with us doesn’t mean you’d have any preferential treatment should you apply for any job vacancies we may be recruiting for.
Office and business management work experience/volunteering: we are always looking for more hands on deck in the office. We’re a small team and there’s always a lot to do!
Marketing and PR work experience/volunteering: we are working hard to get our school noticed in a part of Leeds where there are a lot of other primary schools. There’s always lots going on that we can shout about. Whether you’re looking for some experience in website management or want to help make a promotional film about school, we would love you to come in and help.
Parent Teacher Association: we’re always on the look out for more people to help with fundraising and putting on events like school fairs and jumble sales. We’re open to ideas!
Board of Trustees: we have opportunities on our Board of Trustees for people with school and/or business experience. Please contact school for an informal chat and to arrange a visit.
How do I apply?
As with all roles within a school, certain safeguarding procedures need to be completed before you can work with us. These may involve all or some of the following:
- Completing an application form (required for all positions other than college/university placements where other recruitment procedures are in place)
- Providing or agreeing to a DBS check being carried out
- Providing photographic ID
- Agreeing to two reference checks being carried out
- Completing new starter documentation and safeguarding and GDPR training
Before applying, please check what opportunities are currently available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org answering the following questions:
- The reason why you want to volunteer and what type of volunteering opportunity you would like
- What time frame you are thinking about for instance a day a week for six months, three weeks in total, on-going support on an ad-hoc basis etc.
- Whether you have previous experience working in a school/with children and/or expertise you would like to share that you think would be of benefit to us and why
What happens next?
If we are able to accommodate your request, we will get in touch with you and ask you to complete our application form and also to come into school for an informal meeting – so we can all get to know each other and make sure we’re all happy with what we want to achieve and how we’ll do it. At this point, we would discuss DBS requirements and asking for references.
A note about Safeguarding and GDPR
Please note that as part of the safer recruitment guidelines followed by schools, applications made solely with a CV will not be accepted. The full application form needs to be complete.
Please visit our Policies page to find out how we process Volunteer Workforce data by clicking here.