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Parent Update - 10th July 2020

Just a brief update this week as we head into the last two weeks of term.

Hopefully, you have all had details of the class meet up or picnic arrangements for the next two weeks. If not, they are on the way.

It would be great to see as many of the pupils as possible but please, everyone, remember to follow the rules.

We are setting the school up for all pupils to return in September and I will put some pictures of the classrooms on the website so you can have a look and discuss this at home.

We will also send details of start and finish times for the different year groups and explain which gate everyone is to use.

Each year group will form a ‘bubble’ and will have their own staff, areas to work and play, and different playtimes and lunchtime. There won’t be any whole school activities and the year group bubbles won't mix with other years.

The first day of school for the pupils will be Thursday 3rd September.


Parent Update - 3rd July 2020

I am sure you have all seen by now that the government intends all pupils to return to school full time in September. We are planning for this and we will get the details to you well before the end of the term.

Remember that all Dovecote pupils will return to the class, the classroom, and in most cases the teacher that they left in March. This will be for the first half term as we all settle back into school life and get used to the new routines.

Mrs. McCarron and Mrs. Harris will be on maternity leave and Ms. Searle will have moved on from Dovecote, so there will be some changes of teacher there – we will give details to each class.

We are also planning to meet all the pupils before the end of term. We are inviting them to come in and meet their classmates and teacher.

Mrs. Harris will contact nursery, reception and year 1 families but the arrangements for the other years are;

2LM, Monday 13th July 1 – 2

2LA, Monday 13th July 2 – 3

3AY, Tuesday 14th July 1 – 2

3TS, Tuesday 14th July 2 – 3

4BH, Wednesday 15th July 1 – 2

4NB, Wednesday 15th July 2 – 3

5FE, Thursday 16th July 1 - 2

5AN, Thursday 16th July 2 – 3

There is no need to book a place, just turn up. Pupils in school for key worker provision will be brought over at the appropriate time.

Please arrive at the main pedestrian gate, walk in through the side gate onto the grass outside the year 4,5,6 rooms (where we have had the end of year assembly in happier times), leave your child and leave through the gate near Andy Bowen’s house. At the end of the session, do the same but remember to collect your child and take them with you!

There will be no access to the school building and no toilet facilities so please remember that before leaving home.

Reports will be given out and PE kits, jumpers, etc can be collected.


ALL year 6 pupils are invited to an end of year picnic on the grass outside your room (if you have already returned to school, just stay after) between 1 and 2 o’clock on Friday 24th July.

You will receive your report, your leavers’ certificate, and be able to have shirts signed. You CANNOT wear the one you want signing. Bring it with you and we will put them on tables for people to do. You can then collect them at the end.


Road Safety Survey for all Dovecote Parents.

Dear Dovecote Parents

As we enter a period of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic we are looking to introduce measures that will continue to encourage and promote safer, sustainable travel to and from school/college. I am sure you will agree that we have all enjoyed the quieter roads and cleaner air!

As part of this, we are welcoming feedback from parents or guardians as to what they feel are the issues surrounding sustainable travel to school. We have been working with our partners Sustrans, to develop a simple questionnaire.

Please be aware that the closing date for survey entries is 13th July.


Kind regards

Andrea Wood
Assistant Road Safety Officer - Safety Education

Nottingham City Council


Parent update regarding September 2020.

Dear families,

I am sure you will have seen the recent government announcements about funding for catch up, and that all pupils will return to school in September.

There are still a lot of details to work out, and we are not sure exactly what ‘all pupils will return’ will actually look like. We do, however, want to give you some certainty in these very uncertain times.

After much discussion, it has been agreed with governors that;

When the pupils return in September, whatever that might look like, they will return to the room, the class, and the teacher that they left in March.

We will use the first half term to make sure we cover the main areas of the curriculum that have been missed. We will also use those seven weeks to make sure we cover all the usual transition activities including class swap days, meet the teacher, and class handover. We will work on the class lists and hope to fit in many of the traditional summer term activities that we missed – House Winner's trip, sports day. We might even manage the end of year assembly (in September) and a year 6 disco.

Please Note, that Year 6 children, will not return to Dovecote, in September, but will instead start at their chosen secondary school. (The year 6 disco, will be arranged so that as many year 6's could return and take part one last time).

We hope that this will give the pupils confidence in returning and enable everyone to have a proper finish to the year. After October half term. Everyone will move to their new class with their new teacher. That year will have 5 half terms by when we will be back on track.

We have welcomed some year 6 pupils back this week and they have responded very well to all the new rules and regulations. We are looking forward to welcoming back some year 1 pupils on Monday 29th June.


Social Distancing for phased return

Some of you have asked what the rooms will look like for year 6, reception and year 1 if and when we begin to extend opening. I have been into school and set up a couple of rooms to give everyone an idea of what school will look like. Please take a look at the photographs and short video.

There will be 9 pupils and 2 adults in each room. Pupils will spend all their time either in that room, or outside. Remember, the groups will not mix. There will be no access to any other part of the school, except to go to the toilet one pupil at a time.

There will be handwashing facilities outside each room as well as the sinks inside the rooms.

There is still more to do in preparation but this should give you an idea.

Please reply to the survey for years 6, nursery, reception, and year 1. If we do not receive a reply by Thursday 28th May, we will assume you do not require a place this term.

The decision as to when we can begin to extend opening will be taken at a governor meeting on Friday morning following the government announcement on Thursday evening.

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) information (Multi Language)

Our colleagues at NST (Nottingham Schools Trust), have provided a wonderful link, to explain what COVID 19 is, and what steps we should all take to avoid spreading this disease.

This information has been translated into English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Kurdish Sorani, Malayalam, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.



Our World Class Library


We are so proud of our library space that we have access to. Inspired by the Harry Potter books, and the descriptions of the Hogwarts library within, our library is like a portal to a new world. Stocked with books provided by the ELS, children always have a relaxing and exciting environment to enjoy their reading. We host Reading Cafes, have lessons and enjoy lunchtimes in the library; so it is used nearly all day long. 

We Love Our New Nursery

It’s amazing what removing a wall and adding a lick of paint can do to a Nursery. We are thrilled with the work that has been done to improve our learning environment for the children. They are having lots of fun playing in it and we are already seeing a difference in the way the children are using the workshop areas, learning and looking after things. They also love their outdoor shelter and their new sandpit and mud kitchen.

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What the children say...

RJ- Age 3- “It’s big!”

Azelia- Age 3 "I feel happy."

Heidi Age 3- I like the carpet. I like sitting on the butterfly”

River Age 3- “Roll on my new rug!”

Isabelle age 3- "I like playing outside."

Ellison Age 3- “Its clean and has lots of toys”

What the staff say...

Miss Woodward- “The children are calmer and so much more focussed. A much better place to learn”

Mrs Macarron- “I actually jumped about and cried when I saw it. It is going to make such a difference to us all. Already the children are using the classroom in a different way and there is so much less mess.

Miss Archer- "It's brighter, more soacious and a nicer place to work with the children."

Miss Morrell-"We have more areas for the children to learn in and they are using them more than before.

What the Governors say...

Emma Craine- Parent Governor ''An amazing transformation, more space ,more resources, more potential to teach little minds"

Ed Williams- Head governor “The refurbishment has exceeded my expectations and truly transformed both the indoor and outdoor space.  This, along with all the new equipment, will dramatically enhance Dovecote’s provision for our Nursery children.”

What the parents have said...

Michaela Ingle- "Went in today to have a look and its a fantastic space. The staff have commented how much the learning has improved since the re-design and how much calmer it is now."

Other people who have visited...

Maggie- Speech and Language Therapist “Wow I can’t believe the difference. I want to stay in here all day.”

Welcome to Dovecote Primary & Nursery School

I am delighted to welcome you to our school website. We hope you find it useful, informative and interesting. The pupils, staff, governors and parents are rightly proud of the school and the exciting opportunities that we offer. Our school motto is ‘Children First’ and we place that at the heart of all the decisions we make.

Our aim is that, ‘By believing in ourselves and working together, we will strive to achieve our full potential in body, mind, heart and spirit.’ As you look around the site you will see examples of some of the activities that contribute to this. 

You will be able to find out about Lab_13, our In Harmony project, the Secret Garden, Spanish, ICT, sports activities, after school activities, visits & residentials, and much more.

Enjoy exploring the site and getting a flavour of all the great things that happen at Dovecote.

Dovecote is at the heart of its community and we see your child’s education very much as a partnership. We want to involve families from before the start of nursery to the tearful farewell at the end of year 6 (and even then they come back!). We look forward to seeing you at parents’ meetings, assemblies, concerts, open days, school fairs, and many other events.

On the website, we have tried to include all the practical information that you could want to know about our school. If you have a question that is not answered, please get in touch and we will get back to you.


Dovecote is a 'Good' school

We are proud to announce the results of our recent Ofsted inspection. We have been judged 'Good' in all areas of the school. This is a fantastic result and testament to the hard work of the staff, children and parents/carers.

Next, we need to aim higher for an Outstanding result.



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