There are a number of different ways that you can support the school through volunteering. We run training sessions so that parents can come in on a regular basis to hear readers; you could come in and offer a special skill or talent that you have eg. science and share this with a class or you might want to help keep our library in the best possible condition. We are grateful for the work of a range of volunteers who help at the school in a variety of different ways including:
- Reading with children – listening to children read is a hugely important part of our literacy programme and we welcome volunteers who have the time to come in and hear children reading. We will not ask you to listen to children in your child’s class(es) but rather assign you to a different year group.
- Running school clubs – if you have a particular skill that could be utilised to run after school clubs please let us know. Currently parent volunteers are helping run football clubs and they have contributed to netball and art clubs in the past
- Specialist Sharing - Helping with sessions that contribute to specific aspects of the curriculum. One of our parents who is a chef came in to talk to Key Stage 1 about local produce and food, another helped with cookery sessions and we’ve welcomed visits from parents with experiences living in different countries.
- Becoming a school governor. We are required to have 4 parent governors on our governing body and welcome interest from parents with a wide range of skill sets. To find out more about what our school governors do or to download a parent governor information sheet please see our Governor pages
- Joining our Parents, Teachers and Friends Association – commonly called the PTA– and helping with fund raising and school events throughout the year. Please see our PTA page on the website for more information.
- Helping with school trips – we often need parents to help with school trips.
Please note that volunteers at the school are asked to read our Volunteer in School Booklet, be aware of our safeguarding policies as well as owning a DBS Check.
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity please contact the School Office.
Parent Focus Group
One of the many ways that our school keep the lines of communication open with the parent body is through our termly parent focus group meeting. Our Parent Focus Group is made up of a representative from each class who meet with the Mrs Clements during the second half term of each term to discuss current issues and resolutions as well as celebrate the things within school that are working well.
Together they look at the things that, from a parent perspective, are going well and things that could be improved, better communicated or they would find useful knowing more about. This is a very good opportunity for open dialogue and we have had many successes from these meetings.
After the meeting, each representative will then feedback to individual cohorts about items raised and any whole school points will be communicated through the school newsletter.
Our parent representatives are:
|Nursery: Mary Hyde||Year 1: Georgina Shaugnessy||Year 3: Claire Spake|
|Reception: Victoria Esteves||
Year 2: Mary Hyde
|Year 4: Cassie Rhodes|
|Year 5: Julie Bingham|
|Year 6: Esther Riche|
Julie Bingham has taken on the role of leading the Parent Focus Group, so any questions about the role or responsibilities plus time commitments, please do speak to her.
We hold our Focus Group meetings with the headteacher. It's a really useful way of passing on information and building links between parents and teachers whilst communicating positives and also possible improvements to our school. If a vacancy is available in your year group please consider joining our friendly team. Julie Bingham
Our next Parent Focus Group meeting will be held on: Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Our wonderful class representatives are the class teacher's first point of call when needing to ask a question and vice versa. They also do an amazing job of organising the class cake sales and the class then decide how the money raised is spent on their classroom.
Reception: Emily King
Year 1: Helena Kirk
Year 2: Amanda Bolton
Year 3: Ellie Smith
Year 4: Mel Cunningham
Year 5: Alex Gibson
Year 6: Charlotte Kemp