Our school benefits from the input of a number of volunteers in the course of a week, helping with a whole range of activities such as swimming, riding, specific classroom based activities, trampolining, displays, and educational visits to name but a few.
Feedback from current volunteers confirms that the benefits are mutual, and can help a person who is perhaps considering a change of career, who is returning to work after a break, or who has developed a real interest in working with children who have special needs and wants to ‘test’ that out. The main things that we look for in our volunteers are:
- A real interest in working with our pupils and an ability to form positive relationships with them
- An ability to work as a member of a team and adhere to all guidance provided
- A positive and sensitive approach to disability issues
- Kindness, patience and a willingness to learn new skills
We are always pleased to consider requests from potential volunteers, and if this is something that is of interest to you, then initially 2 things are needed:
- A current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (the DBS check has replaced the Criminal Records Bureau check). This can be arranged through the school, and may take a number of weeks to come through
- A completed Volunteer’s form
On receipt of both of the above, we will agree with you your class link and the frequency and timings of your voluntary session(s)
We are usually able to agree to requests for volunteer work. As a small school, occasionally we receive more requests than we can accommodate, but are usually able to arrange it for a later date by agreement.
All jobs at Valley school are advertised on the Stockport web site.