We encourage parents to take an active interest in what takes place in the school, as we firmly believe that your involvement will benefit your child. Research has shown that children perform best when their parents are interested and involved in their education. We hope that you will feel free to ask about our activities and help and support us whenever possible.
We welcome parents who would like to help on a voluntary basis. Parents are usually involved in such things as:
reading to one or two children in the book corner;
changing reading books;
helping at the computer;
playing board games or talking and listening in imaginative play in the Foundation Stage Unit;
helping with art and craft or cooking.
Help of this nature is very much appreciated, as there is always so much to do in the busy school day. However, our priority is the safety of the children in our care. Because adults will sometimes be unsupervised with a child, any adults who wish to come into school to help must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We are aware that many parents are only here for a short time, and would recommend that you apply for one at the school office when you register your child here.
The DBS check only applies to British parents. We ask that, if you are a parent coming from a different country, you contact the school office to find out what documentation is required from your home countries to enable you to work with children in the UK. It is best to arrange this before you come to the UK because these letters and checks often take a very long time.
Please do not let this discourage you; if you would be interested in helping out in the classroom, please contact the Headteacher or your child’s class teacher. We would love to have you - it makes such a difference to the children.