Parent Helper Information
Southmead Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff, volunteers and governors and any adult visiting the school, to share this commitment. A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for everyone working or volunteering at our school.
Volunteers are parents or other adults working alongside the school staff and pupils. Thank you for volunteering to help support our school community.
At Southmead Primary School we welcome those wishing to help in the school and value the contribution they make to school life. We believe that the involvement of parents / carers and volunteers in children’s’ education is vital, and we encourage active participation in many ways. Some volunteers come to school to help with a variety of tasks such as ICT, art, cooking, and especially reading. They usually work with individuals or small groups in specific classes. In addition, volunteers often help when the children are taken on educational visits outside school or become involved with the work of our Parent Teacher Association – Southmead Friends Association (SFA).
Parent Helper / Volunteer Enquiry
The first stage of completing the Parent Helper / Volunteer process is to for us to send you a link to the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application form. Please provide your email address below, and we will send the link to you by return. We would love to know more about you and why you would like to volunteer. Please give as much information as possible in answer to the following: Please tell us why you would like to help at Southmead, you could also include your work history, experiences, hobbies and interests.
Once your DBS certificate has been issued we will ask you to complete two online training courses:
- Multi-Agency Safeguarding & Child Protection (Group 2 Core) eLearning which you can find here.
- PREVENT training which can find here.
You will also be asked to provide references.
Then you will be asked to read a Government document called Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) Part One and also the Volunteer Policy (which can be found below). Once you have read this you will need to sign and return the Volunteer Agreement (which can be found below).