applying for a place

Dovecote is a community school and as such the Local Authority, Nottingham City Council, co-ordinates applications for places in Reception and for transfers from other schools (an in-year transfer).

However, if you would like your child to attend our Nursery, you should apply directly to the school. 

The number of pupils that we can admit in each year group (our PAN) currently stands at 60 pupils for each year.

Applying for a place in Reception

Parents/carers resident in Nottingham City need to apply to the Local Authority and complete an application form.  This can be done by clicking the button below.

Alternatively, you can contact the School Admissions Team on 0115 8415568, by email at or by post at School Admissions Team, Pupil and School Services, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG and request an application form.

The form can also be collected or returned directly to the reception at Loxley House, which is easily accessible from the nearby tram stop.

For parents/carers NOT resident in Nottingham City and wishing to apply for a Reception place for their child, applications must be made on the relevant application form provided by their current home local authority.

Applying for an in-year transfer

If you have moved address, just arrived in Nottingham, or if you want your child to change schools, you can either apply online or contact the Schools Admission Team, on the details above, to request an application form.

Applying for a Nursery place

We have a 52-place Nursery and children can attend either morning or afternoon sessions. We offer 30 hours’ provision to eligible families, subject to demand/space. We offer this to N2 children who qualify and who we feel are developmentally ready.

It is currently optional for the school to offer 30 hours’ provision and we can only currently offer it in a way that works for our existing staff ratios.

All online enquiries and official forms must be completed prior to the deadline each term to ensure the children are still entitled to this provision, and that you receive your funding code in time. Please enquire in the nursery if this is something you are interested in.

To apply for a place for your child, please contact any of the school office staff at the main reception, or telephone 0115 9152953 or email Please ask for an application form.

Applications can be made at any time but will not be processed until your child is three years old. 

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