Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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We believe that volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the school’s work, and that they enrich the school through the breadth of their knowledge and experience.  

Volunteers are people who commit to working in school for an agreed period of time.

If someone is working or helping on a one-off basis they are classed as visitors, and will not be working with children unsupervised or will have their own DBS certificate


Placements are undertaken by those completing a course of study (e.g. PGCE or BTEC etc.)

Those on placements will be considered as volunteers.


We are committed to using volunteers in a way that supports the school’s aims and vision, as well as its development plan.



At Horniman volunteers may:

  • Hear children read
  • Accompany school visits
  • Work with individual children
  • Work with small groups of children
  • Teach the class under the direction of a teacher
  • Support specific curriculum areas, such as DT, computing or art
  • Escorting children on local walks 
  • Run or assist at  an after school club 
  • Run social activities such as running a disco 
  • Undertake fund raising activities such as running a cake stall or Fayre 


Volunteers may be:

  • Members of the governing board
  • Parents
  • Former pupils
  • Students on work experience
  • Local residents
  • Friends of the school/members of the PTA

Prospective volunteer should email the school stating how and why they would like to volunteer and complete a volunteer application form. This should be address to the School Business Manager or The Assistant Headteacher for curriculum. 


Please read the Horniman School Volunteers and Placements Policy for more information



Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.