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Headteacher update (31/03/2021)

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are nearly at the end of another term unlike any other! It has been brilliant to have all the children back and we really hope that things continue to move in a positive direction. Timings will be the same as now when we return after Easter but we have already been planning how we can start to change things. We will give you a couple of weeks’ notice before we change anything. Thank you for your continued support in keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Comic Relief – As a school we raised £367.48. That’s amazing – you are all ‘Super’!

Welcome back – Miss McCarron has returned to work after maternity leave, it’s great to have her back

Spring Activities – Remember Spring Activity Day tomorrow – Competitions are to bring in a decorated egg, to bring in a boiled egg to roll, and the Photograph competition - send by email tonight.

Has anyone got? – Nursery and Reception are looking for resources, especially for their outdoor provision. Have you got any of these things that you could donate; wooden planks, wooden poles, ropes, large tubs, large pipes, guttering, buckets, trays, pans, and utensils for the mud kitchen. If you’ve got any of these things that you don’t need please let Mrs Norris or any of the Nursery and Reception staff know.  Also, Mrs Mitchell, our gardener, is looking for the crates that slabs are delivered in to make into planters.

RHSE - Please read the information for the new RSHE curriculum which will be posted tomorrow.

Let’s hope that this weather lasts (although it is forecast snow!)

Have a good Easter break,

Ruth Guy-Clark

Relationships, Health and Sex Education - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Parents/Carers

Hopefully you have already seen the message about the change in DFE guidance either on the website or in the email that was sent. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to hold a parent meeeting as such so please access the pdf document attachment below to see what would have been talked about in a face to face meeting. A copy of the draft PSHE policy (personal, social and health education) which also includes the RSE (relationships and sex education) is also attached below. We welcome your comments and views and therefore have included a parent survey. Please send back to RSHE@dovecote.school by 23rd April 2021. Thank you.

RSE pic for web

Dovecote school; Start and Finish times - Spring 2021


  Start Finish Friday (Finish) Gate Entry
Nursery 9:15 3:15 12:30 Brinkhill Nursery outside area
 Reception  9:10 3:10 12:20 Brinkhill Rec outside area
Year 1 9:00 3:00 12:15 Brinkhill Year 1 outside area
Year 2 8:45 2:45 12:00 Main gate by School office 2LA - IT Suite
2TS - Year 2/3 door
Year 3 9:00 3:00 12:15 Main gate by School office 3SB - IT Suite
3AY - Year 2/3 door
Year 4 8:45 2:45 12:00 Gate by site managers house Classroom fire doors
Year 5 9:00 3:00 12:15 Gate by site managers house Classroom fire doors
Year 6 8:55 2:55 12:10 Gate by site managers house Classroom fire doors


Relationships, Health, and Sex Education

Dear Parents / Carers,

You may be aware that the Department for Education has replaced the Sex and Relationships Education guidance (2000) with Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, which became statutory September 2020. This outlines that Relationship and Health Education (which includes Mental Wellbeing and Changing Adolescent Body) are compulsory at Primary school. Sex Education is not compulsory, but most primary schools include this in an age-appropriate way.

At Dovecote we use the Jigsaw scheme of work - The mindful approach to PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health, and Economic Education) which is fully compliant with the new guidance. It includes a few sex education lessons which we intend to include. These will take place in the second part of the summer term, which also includes the puberty lessons. We are currently working on our policy for this, which you will be receiving soon with an invitation to give feedback. Jigsaw has produced three Parent Guides which we would encourage you to access via the links below which explain the ethos and reasoning of its approach. As parents and carers, this might feel quite daunting at first but be assured that we at Dovecote all have your children’s health and safety at heart.

Wendy Lawrence

Assistant Head Teacher

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Mental Health Support

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see below some excellent podcasts produced by CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services) to help you to understand and support your children with their mental wellbeing. These have not been made for children to view independently and please be aware in terms of internet safety that the links are to YouTube videos. Just click on the picture headings below.

CAMHS home learningCAMHS  helping your child to understand & manage anxiety
CAMHS understanding & managing low moodCAMHS  Raising Resilient Children

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.


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