Voluntary Service (VS) is offered to pupils in Year 11 and the Sixth Form one afternoon a week. It can be taken as an afternoon activity or can be integrated into the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
At the start of the year, pupils interested in volunteering apply for a placement. The School has a database of placements in the Tavistock area which have been carefully checked and selected for their suitability.
These include care and residential homes, charity shops, primary schools and day centres and activities range from arranging activities for children to sports coaching. Pupils are identified, assessed and sent for interview.
If successful they are sent to the placement throughout the year. They are visited regularly and at the end of the year a report is written on their performance. In addition to the afternoon activities, pupils are also involved with other voluntary groups such as Interact Tavi which is a version of a young people’s Rotary Club.
Our placement list is constantly reviewed and our relations with the local community have become very strong. At Mount Kelly we believe in our pupils giving something back to the community and learning the value of helping others.