It's best to approach a school where you already have a contact, and where they know you well. If you have a child at a local school, that’s often the best place to start.
If you don't have a child at a school, we recommend that you:
Ask a friend, colleague or relative with a child to introduce you to their school
Check if your work has a relationship with a local school
If you can't find a school through someone you know, we recommend you find a school close to your home or place of work and approach them directly. You can use the Gov.uk website to find and compare schools.
Every school website should have an email address and phone number. We recommend sending an email, then following up with a phone call. Alternatively, you could call the school first and find out who is best to send an email too. Many schools will have a clubs coordinator.
Once you you have a contact name, send a them a short initial email to see if they're interested in hosting a Design Club at the school.
Bear in mind that school staff are incredibly busy and receive many emails and requests every day. It's important to be very brief in your initial contact. If they say they are interested, send them a more detailed second email.
Ideally you should make contact a good month before you want to start your club. It's good to have time to build trust, sort out your DBS check and establish a good relationship.
However, if you decide you want to start a club around the start of term (January, April and September in England and Wales), it's always worth touching base with a local school. They may still be finalising their clubs programme and might possibly have a free slot.
Clubs usually start the second week of term.