Bradford Girls’ Grammar School is committed to encouraging Sixth Form students to take an active role within the school through various roles of responsibility and, out in the wider community by taking part in community projects.
The school recognises that volunteering not only helps young people develop high self-esteem and confidence, but builds valuable life skills and creates a sense of achievement. It also helps students gain an insight to the outside world and an understanding of their place in it.
Additionally, as students face tough competition for university places and their first foothold on the employment ladder, volunteering experience can help distinguish students from the competition on their UCAS applications and provide valuable work experience and skills sought by employers.
The Sixth Form Community Volunteering Programme (CVP)
In the first year of Sixth Form all students are expected to take part in the Community Volunteering Programme. Students choose from a database of volunteering opportunities and are allocated set times within their timetable to take on the roles.
Current external volunteering include various roles across over 40 organisations including:
External volunteering opportunities are sourced either through Bradford Community Volunteering Services who follow strict guidelines set out by the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, or by building a direct relationship with the organisation, i.e. with West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Dyslexia in Action. The school also has rigorous policies and protocols in place to ensure the appropriate checks are made for each placement.
The CVP programme runs from the beginning of the Autumn Term until the end of the Spring Term, after which any volunteering activity is optional.
Students log all their volunteering hours via an online e-diary and work toward various national volunteering awards provided by VInspired, the largest youth volunteering organisation in the country. The V10, V50 and V100 awards, which correspond to the total number of hours spent volunteering, are recognised both by universities and an increasing number of large organisations and employers.
Pic above: Sixth Form students receiving the school’s ‘Highly Commended’ Award from the Telegraph and Argus, in recognition of the school’s volunteering activities and the positive impact it has made on the local community.
“Students speak positively about the opportunities to volunteer in a variety of work places and in the wider community. This programme develops students as young citizens, and is helping to shape their ideas about future careers.”
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