Volunteering at Water Hall

Volunteers bring with them a range of skills and experiences that can enhance the learning opportunities of children at our school.  We welcome volunteers from our school and local community. We understand that people may wish to gain experience in a school environment before deciding to take paid employment in a school setting.

Process for Volunteer Placements and Shadowing opportunities

Anyone wishing to volunteer should complete the Volunteers Application Form and email the form to office@waterhallprimary.co.uk for the attention of Mrs A Howson (Deputy Headteacher).

Our volunteers include:

  • Parents of students
  • Local residents
  • Volunteers from charities

The types of activities that volunteers could be involved in include:

  • Early Years (playing with young children and supporting their learning through indoor and outdoor play)
  • KS1 reading help
  • KS2 reading help
  • KS1 resource help
  • Resource room assistant (making learning resources: photocopying, cutting, computer generated resources)
  • Lunchtime games
  • Supporting on class trips
  • Library support – processing books in and out, helping children select books, keeping the library tidy

Please note: we do not offer admin experience.

Process for Work Experience students

Applications for these are taken throughout the year on a case by case basis.

In order to apply for work experience you must: 

  • be in Full-Time Education 
  • supported by a School, College or University 
  • willing to undertake a full two week placement 
  • willing to undergo  an overseas check if you have lived abroad for a period of time
  • hold a DBS certificate (if aged 16 and above). We cannot carry out a DBS check on a child under the age of 16. If a work experience student is 16 or older and:
    • In regulated activity – they’ll need an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check
    • Not in regulated activity – they should have an enhanced DBS check but not a barred list check

This is set out in paragraph 333 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023.

Applicants should send an email, including any school documentation, to office@waterhallprimary.co.uk for the attention of Mrs A Howson. 

The email should outline the following information:

Name, Age, School, Current Year Group

Dates for potential placement and the reasons for requesting a placement at Water Hall, as well as whether you are related to or know anyone attending/working at Water Hall School.

The types of activities that work experience students can be involved in include:

  • Early Years (playing with young children and supporting their learning through indoor and outdoor play);
  • KS1 reading help;
  • KS2 reading help.
  • KS1 resource help;
  • Resource room assistant (making learning resources: photocopying, cutting, computer generated resources);
  • Lunchtime games;

Any applicants (work experience, student placements, shadowing, volunteers) should have a tour around the school/meeting/informal interview with a member of SLT prior to starting a placement, where they will be told, if possible, of their arrangements (duties, time frame), sign any necessary paperwork and discuss any process for DBS checks, which must be completed prior to starting the placement.

We receive many applications for both volunteering and work experience placements, therefore, we cannot always guarantee placements.