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Volunteering

We welcome parent volunteers at Queens, whether helping in the lunch hall, reading with children, or helping supervise educational visits. To safeguard everyone, though, we do require all volunteers to follow our induction procedure.

This page is the school induction programme for parent helpers, student teachers, pre PGCE students, MFL students and work experience students only.  If you do not fall into any of these categories you do not need to complete the instructions on this page.

All volunteers must have an Enhanced DBS check for the 'Child Workforce' before taking part in school activities with children.  The application is done online here, but you will need to present your three items of identity verification in person in school.  The official list of identification documents is here.  We also ask that you pay, via Parentmail, the £9.50 fee that we are charged by our DBS agent for volunteer applications.  If you already subscribe to the Update Service we can use that - please ask at the office for details.

Induction procedures - Volunteers

Aims:

At The Queen’s School the aim of our induction programme is to ensure all volunteers understand and share the vision, Christian ethos and practices of the school and feel fully involved and able to produce a high standard of performance, as quickly as possible.

Effective induction is key to building a culture of continuous improvement. All newly appointed volunteers will receive a programme of structured support and guidance appropriate to their role, ensuring all individuals:

  • Feel welcome and comfortable and integrate successfully into the school
  • Understand the importance of the Christian ethos and school values and their role in promoting these
  • Understand what is expected of them and are provided with support in meeting those expectations
  • Are able to gain experience within the context of the school Vision priorities
  • Are able to contribute to improving and developing the overall effectiveness of our school
  • Are able to meet the needs of the whole school community

Responsibilities:

Overall induction is the responsibility of the Senior Leadership team (SLT). 

Procedures:

The induction process applies to all newly appointed staff/volunteers and the specific induction programmes are designed to meet the needs of the different roles within the school.

Interviews will take place for any volunteers applying independently i.e. not applying through any colleges/ schools already linked with or known to The Queen’s School.  

Records will be kept detailing when the induction has taken place.

Regular evaluation of the process will inform the SLT of the need for further support and of any changes required to the induction process/ procedures.

Access:

All documents for induction are accessed through The Queen’s School website.

INDUCTION

WEBSITE AREA

ACCESS

Parent volunteers/ Pre PGCE, MFL work experience students and student teachers.

For Parents – Volunteer induction

Public

Timescale:

Pre start

Induction completed

There are a number of links on this page which you should follow in order.  Each link will open in a pop-up window and you should close the window when you have finished and choose the next link.  Some of the links require sound so you should ensure that your sound (and headphones if used) are turned on and working.

Click on each red link below in turn

Download and read the Parent Helper Information and The Visitor Information Guide on Safeguarding at the bottom of this page.

Download and read The Queen’s School Child Protection Policy - You will need to scroll down the pop-up window  to find this policy.

Read the Department of Education document "Keeping children safe in education 2022 Statutory guidance for schools and colleges Part one: Information for all school and college staff".

Read the NSPCC information on Female Genital Mutilation NSPCC FGM Information

Read the document Achieving for children (AFC) - Keeping children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism (Leaflet for parents and carers).

Download and read The Queen’s School Health and Safety Policy - You will need to scroll down the pop-up window to find this policy.

Download and read The Queen’s School Whistle Blowing Policy - You will need to scroll down the pop-up window to find this policy.

Completing the Process

Thank you for completing this induction programme.  Could you please download the document Induction Volunteers (see below) and complete the following sections

RESPONSIBILITES/EXPECTATIONS

SAFEGUARDING – POLICIES

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Once this is done please sign and date to show that you have completed the induction programme and hand into the School Office for the attention of the Assistant Head (Ms Demir).