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Volunteering @ SJS

Help in School

At Stocksbridge Junior School encourage a positive approach to voluntary involvement and are always grateful for any offers of help – you may have skills and talents which we can use! We see the education of our children as a partnership between parents, children, volunteers and all school staff. Part of this partnership is the involvement of volunteers in the every day life of the school to the benefit of the pupils in our care. Through careful coordination, the involvement of volunteers is ensured to be a positive experience for children, parents and teachers at Stocksbridge Junior School.

Voluntary helpers may include parents, governors and other members of the local community. It is fundamental to the school that voluntary helpers are clear of what is expected of them and that all volunteers are under the supervision of a member of the school staff whenever they are working in school. If the contact with children is expected to be on a regular basis then volunteers will be required to undergo a DBS check. This is to ensure the safety of all children. Voluntary helpers will also be required to work within the school’s Health and Safety Policy and Local Authority guidelines.

Each volunteer will have attended a meeting before beginning work in school. This will enable the school and volunteer to develop confidence in the activity they are to be involved in. Voluntary helpers will also be given guidance as to school procedures such as Health and Safety, Child Protection and Confidentiality. All pupils in school are expected to address volunteers in the same way as teachers. Pupils in school are expected to treat all adults, and each other, with respect and good manners; as stated in the five ‘Golden Rules’ of the school.

The school encourages volunteers to assist in school but understands that some volunteers may be unable to be involved during the school day. SJS therefore offers opportunities for volunteers to contribute towards school in a variety of ways. For example, help is often required at after school or weekend activities and with fund raising etc.

Stocksbridge Junior School greatly appreciates the strengths voluntary helpers bring to the school and thanks them for their support.

Volunteers are asked to contact the headteacher.

Reading Volunteers

As part of Stocksbridge Junior School’s commitment to raising standards in reading, we have implemented the Reading Matters Project in school.

Reading Matters is a Social Enterprise registered by the Charity Commissioners. Its aim is to help young people reach their potential by becoming confident, enthusiastic readers. The project involves trained volunteers working one-to-one with specified pupils in school to develop their reading skills.

The project is aimed at Year 6 pupils. Our targeted children eagerly attend their sessions each week. The sessions are varied so that the children don’t always realise that the fun activities they do are actually helping to improve their reading skills!

Not only has the Reading Volunteers Project helped children to improve academically but also socially as well. The children that have taken part so far have grown in confidence, feeling able to read out in front of the class and actively take part in guided reading groups. The children also thoroughly enjoy working one-to-one with their Reading Mentor.

If you would be interested in becoming a Reading Volunteer, please contact the school office.

N.B. All visitors must report to reception on both arrival and departure.