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Welcome to Dovecote Primary & Nursery School - Where children come first! - Judged 'Good' by Ofsted (2019)

Welcome to Dovecote Primary and Nursery School

Dear Pupils - A special Headteacher update.

Hello to everyone at the end of a very different week. I will put a weekly update on the website.

I hope that you are all well and coping with the new situation that we all find ourselves in.

Not surprisingly, we have had a HUGE increase in the number of people visiting the school website. I hope the resources are helping you keep some structure to your day. Using the school activities, and the free online / You Tube offers, it is possible to put a day together that is fun and keeps building on school and life skills. Thank you to the staff for maintaining this and to Andrew Hodgson for managing the site so well.

The government advice is very clear. We should all stay at home if we possibly can. Thank you for your response to this. We are providing provision for the pupils of key workers, but we are very grateful for the way families have approached this. Emma and Michaela are doing a fantastic job in providing this provision in the ARC (Sport’s Hall) and staff are supporting them on a rota basis. Obviously, we want to protect staff from unnecessary contact, so we are all grateful for your support in this. We will continue to provide this provision, including over what would have been the Easter holiday.

I think that we are all coming to terms with the fact that this is likely to continue for a while. We will continue to update the resources on the website and remember, you can contact the staff using the year group emails that are now available. As time goes on, we will look at other ways of keeping in contact. Look out for video messages from staff. We are also looking at how to run the annual decorated egg competition so start thinking about that – but don’t waste those precious fresh eggs. Anything egg (ish) shaped is fine.

We are also looking at how to recognise the achievement of the pupils that would have been in achievement assembly for the Spring term.

Stay safe and look after each other.


Family Support during shutdown

If you or your family need any support during the current shutdown, or if you know of any family that is struggling. Our Pastoral and Safeguarding teams are standing by to help.
You can contact them at safeguarding@dovecote.school


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.

nursery after 5

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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Contact the school on 0115 9152953 or use our Contact Details.

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