Volunteering - frequently asked questions
How do I become a volunteer?
We recruit for teaching, teaching assistant and non-classroom volunteers throughout the school year (September-June). If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a volunteer, please email us with your contact details, your availability on Monday and Wednesday evenings and what role(s) you're interested in.
How long do I have to volunteer for?
Our minimum commitment is two school terms - meaning, for example, if you start with us in September, you'd be expected to volunteer with us until at least the start of the Easter holidays. Many of our volunteers, however, have been with us for over five years and we hope you find it somewhere where you'd want to continue long term.
What times do you need volunteers for?
We run classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings (18:45-21:00) during the school terms, with a slightly longer summer holiday (we finish at the end of June). Occasionally, there are some evenings (enrolment, exam evenings) where we ask if volunteers can arrive slightly earlier - by 18:30 - to support us to make this evenings run as smoothly as possible. Volunteers are only expected to commit to one evening a week, however some of our volunteers come on both evenings.
Do you need any non-teaching volunteers?
Yes! We might not always have something immediately available, but we are always looking for teaching assistants to support our teachers in the classroom.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
Where are you based?
We run the classes out of Elthorne Park High School in Hanwell.
Can I volunteer without teaching experience?
Yes! Many of our volunteer teachers have no prior teaching experience before joining the school. All you need is a willingness to get involved and help others.
I am a qualified teacher/teacher in training/I have a CELTA/DELTA. How can I support the school?
That's fantastic - your experience will be invaluable to us. All our new volunteer teachers go on our bespoke teacher training programme, even if they are qualified already as we support teachers to teach the different ability levels in our school, to our curriculum and to the students' needs.
I'm looking for a teaching job, can you help me?
We have no paid positions at the school - we are entirely run by volunteers. We are more than happy to provide you with a reference after you have volunteered with us for at least two school terms. We'll also ensure you get as much experience as possible when you volunteer with us and we'll try and support you however we can.
Do you still have a question?
Get in touch with us and we'll respond as soon as we can.