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Our vital volunteers at Crich Infant School

by Linda Philo

Adult and child at Forest School

Volunteers play an important part in the life of our school, enhancing what we can offer to the children. We are always grateful to those who give their time to listen to the children read. The volunteers enjoy hearing the children and seeing their skills grow and develop over time. The family members who come on school trips with us enable these visits to take place and allow us to undertake these opportunities for learning outside of the school.

Our Parents, Teachers & Friends Association (PTFA) raises vital funds for the school, which are used to improve the learning environment. The outdoor learning facilities have been a particular focus of recent developments. Funds are also used to purchase resources and subsidise trips and visits. The PTFA organises events such as the school disco and the leavers party, which are an important part of school life. We welcome ‘friends’ as members as well as parents and teachers – if you feel you have time to help and talent in fundraising and event planning, please do get in touch.

Our governors are essential in the organisation of our school. They are friendly and collaborative, working well together and welcoming the contributions of all. Sarah Wallis (pictured right), one of our co-chairs, is our longestserving governor. ‘I first became involved as a school governor about 18 years ago, when my son was a pupil at Crich C of E Infant School, and as a family we had just moved into the village,’ she says. ‘I’ve seen and been part of many changes at the school. My work as a governor is varied and wide-ranging, from recruiting staff, monitoring budgets, and setting policies and targets, to evaluating the progress of the school and acting as a source of challenge and support to our headteacher. 

I feel privileged to be part of a team at our school; we bring experiences from many different backgrounds, working together to set the strategic direction of the school. I am proud to be part of one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and have had the opportunity to meet and learn so much from so many people.’

One of our newer governors commented on how this is the best governing body (of three) he has been involved with! We currently have a vacancy for a Community Governor on our Governing Body. In Bowns Hill, Crich, Matlock DE4 5DG 01773 852165 crich-inf.derbyshire.sch.uk Our vital volunteers particular, we are looking for someone with experience in community engagement, an understanding of property/ estate management and/or experience of charity law and governance.

If you think you might like to get involved or would like to find out more, please contact the school

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