Making a difference for our future

Volunteering at Meadowside

We need volunteers to support us with:

🎯 Leading games and activities with children in our playtimes

📚 Sharing books with children, hearing them read, holding conversations about stories and reading to them

☕ Spoiling our staff a little by setting up the staffroom for lunch and packing it away to be working space again afterwards and making the odd cuppa!

🤼 Our governing body, take a look at the vacancies below for our current opportunities

Governor Vacancies

We mix and match skills and often take on multiple roles. As such none of the below are ‘jobs’ more, ‘areas of interest’. In particular we need people interested in using or developing skills as follows:

Our staff share the magic of literacy with our children in so many ways, celebrating world book day; inviting authors in; whole school sharing of a selected text each year, and of course, so many of our pupils are already published!

Attending English team meetings and pupil progress meetings at least once a term and working with the senior lead to understand how investments and resources in the subject are being utilised, assessing impacts and outcomes and agreeing recommendations for the school leadership team to take forward.

This role has a seat at our Teaching and Learning Committee and Full Governing Body both of which meet termly.

Meadowside School and its buildings celebrated their 21st birthday last year, this means many hundreds of 5-11 year olds have been through its doors and quite literally its carpets!  

As part of our Resources Committee and Full Governing Body responsibilities governance over health and safety at the school underlies a safe and secure environment for our pupils, staff and visitors. Our County Council asset management team are advisors to the school for maintenance plans but at a school level we need to make budgetary decisions around prioritisation of works at the school. We also want to improve our planning of our 3 year cycle of capital spend budgets to help us ‘build’ Meadowside fit for a future of learning. 

Originally built with some cutting-edge sustainability principles such as sun tubes and rain water harvesting, if you have an interest in sustainable buildings, working with our site could be a great in-sight to how these have stood up to time and the benefits they can bring. 

There is so much more to a successful school than what happens in the classroom! We are aiming high at Meadowside to grow the school to be better and better and to nurture our staff and students to fulfil their full potential. 

We would like to strengthen the strategic leadership basis of the governing body and integrate it more completely with the school’s operational leadership team. Some of our board members have considerable leadership experience and would welcome the chance to work alongside other experts or even to help nurture some new ones.  

How to apply:

Please download our Printable Application Form 📃 and return it to us via email to

Meadowside offers:

Our Volunteers

At Meadowside we are so very grateful for all those who volunteer time to support our school.  Some of these volunteers make commitments for a fixed period of time, such as an academic year or a governor body term (4 years); some of these step up for a one-off occasion such as a school trip, a themed week or an assembly; some of these are involved as Friends of Meadowside raising funds and delivering our enviable social calendar of fetes, Christmas Windows, ‘treasure’ hunts and even a big top circus! 

People get involved for lots of reasons: 

  • Giving back to a school that gives so much 
  • Making friends; working as a team; learning new skills 
  • Learning new skills; demonstrating expertise; bolstering their CV/work history 
  • Supplementing trainee, management and education courses 
  • Enjoying a range of opportunities and activities 
  • Interactions with staff and of course, pupils who are always surprising with their insights, observations, and humour 

Volunteer Voices

I have been a governor at Meadowside since May 2012 – before either of my sons had started at the school.  With a background in teaching, I really wanted to use my skills in a different way, to help support staff and to learn more about the strategic running of a school

Whilst we are in the role of governors to challenge and help develop Meadowside to be the best version of itself, I also really value the opportunity to help staff and parents to work more closely with one another.  My two sons have both since attended the school and I am so pleased that we chose such a close-knit, friendly school with such hard-working, nurturing staff.