Volunteer Roles

There are many different roles volunteers play at St Luke's and Forest house Education Centre. These are some of the ways people have been involved in the school over the past few years:

  • Reading with children
  • Working as a Teaching Assistant
  • Delivering subject-specific lessons
  • Providing workshops in music
  • Counselling
  • Driving minibuses
  • Residential Trips with groups of children
  • Fundraising
  • Teas and Coffees at Parents' Evenings
  • Gardening
  • After School Clubs and Activities
  • PE/ Sports Activities
  • Knit and Natter
  • Repairs to bikes and cars on site with children
  • Shopping trips with classes/ groups
  • Travel Training with older pupils
  • Business Enterprise projects with pupils
  • Story telling
  • Story writing with pupils

DBS and Safeguarding

DBS Checks

We always scrutinise applications for working with our pupils through DBS checks to ensure adults - paid or voluntary, working at St Luke's and Forest House Education Centre are not barred from doing so.


Every member of voluntary and paid staff are expected to undertake stringent Safeguarding training to ensure the safety of each and every member of our pupil community. Robust Whistleblowing policies are in place and the school is acutely aware of the procedures regarding Child Protection and safeguarding each child.

How to Apply to Volunteer

Thank you very much for considering volunteering at St Luke's and/or Forest House Education Centre

Please email admin@stlukes.herts.sch.uk

for the attention of Ms Jacqui Roper, Transitions Coordinator, with your contact details and information about what volunteering roles you are interested in and, what frequency. For example, it may be that you wish to share your skills in carpentry for one day, or, paint classrooms/ children's playground equipment in the holidays or, would like to read with children on Thursday afternoons in term-time etc.

If you are interested in volunteering at Forest House Education Centre, please email admin@foresthouse.herts.sch.uk for the attention of Mr Huw Bucknell.

Also, please consider what you want to get from the experience - 'giving back' is great, though can we also support you with specific experiences that support you accessing a teaching placement, or work experience to apply for a post in special needs? We would want to make the experience enriching and fulfilling for your future destinations as well as for the children you would be working with/ the adults of our community.

As you can imagine, volunteering is a highly rewarding experience at St Luke's The children always come first and with limited funds we do not have the capacity to train and support many volunteers across the week. As such, there may be a waiting list for volunteering with us - please bear this in mind.

Again, thank you very much for considering volunteering with us. We love having so many people part of our extended family supporting our children/ young people/ adults.