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Beatrix Potter School

Helping at BP

Helping at BP


For the children’s safety, all volunteer helpers are required to have police clearance before they work in the school. You will be asked to complete a Criminal Records Disclosure now known as a DBS Check which is then sent to the Local Authority for clearance. We also ensure that volunteers are known to the school or come through a reputable institution e.g. a local Secondary School or University.

We use a reading volunteers organisation called Beanstalk. Volunteers are then trained and complete their DBS checks. You can find out more through following this link:

Coram Beanstalk Reading

We also often need volunteers when we take the children on a school trip. Class teachers will ask for volunteers and will then contact them to let them know if they are still needed. All volunteers are given guidance on how to work with the children and which elements of a trip must be overseen only by a member of school staff.

From time to time other volunteers may support in the school. There are strict safeguarding checks to enable this to happen. Volunteers are also required to undertake safeguarding training. If you are already known to the school and you believe that you are able to support the school, please do contact the school.