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Please read the important information on class arrangements for September.

Nottingham Emmanuel Virtual Open Evening


First week back

Dear Parents/Carers

We have now come to the end of our first full week in school. I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for working with us to ensure that the return has been as smooth as possible. Your patience and positive comments have been greatly appreciated. It really has been great to see the children again and the atmosphere around school has been happy and positive.

We totally understand that some of you have been worried about the return to school and are worried when your child is ill. Remember you only need to keep your child off school if they have COVID symptoms.

Lunchtimes arrangements are working really well thanks to lunchtime staff, Nita, and her staff in the kitchen. We are running a full lunch service of hot meals and are able to cater for all dietary requirements. It is great that we can do this, as some schools are only able to provide sandwiches. If you would like your child to stay for school meals then please contact the school office.

As you know, our aim, like most organisations, is to go paperless. This is the last letter that we will send out to all parents in paper form. All letters and information will be on the school website www.dovecote.nottingham.sch.uk so please check it regularly. We will also send information by MarvellousMe and text message. It is really important for communication that your contact details, including email and phone numbers, are up to date. 

At this time of year, we usually send out a list of dates for the year. As you can imagine with all the uncertainty we can’t do this at present. There will be a chance to talk to the teachers (Parents’ Evenings), this will be done by phone after the children have moved classes.

On the 21st and 22nd of September, the process for selecting the new Headteacher will take place. Our Risk Assessment will be strictly followed.

A few reminders:

  • Children need to bring a labeled water bottle
  • No PE kit is needed at present but pupils will need suitable shoes for physical activity
  • All payments are through School Gateway
  • Check the school website regularly
  • Use the correct gate to enter and leave school unless you have a formal agreement
  • Please make sure we have up to date contact details

Wendy Lawrence leads the Year 2 and 3 Team, Tracey Barton leads the Year 4,5,6 Team and Claire Norris is leading the Nursery, Reception, and Year 1 Team while Cat Harris is on Maternity leave. As always, please contact us with any positive feedback or worries that you might have.

Kind Regards,

Ruth Guy-Clark
(Acting Headteacher)

Welcome from Ruth Guy-Clark (Acting Headteacher)

Hello Everyone

I just wanted to say that we are all really looking forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school. It is the strangest beginning of term that I have ever had and I know that there will be a lot of mixed feelings. Some children will be really excited, some may be worried, some may have no strong feelings…this will be the same for the parents and carers, and the staff. There will be very different experiences of lockdown. I want to assure you that we are following all the guidelines and have rigorous measures in place to keep everyone safe. The changes that we have had to make are to follow these guidelines. Please be patient and understanding and if things don’t quite work we will change them to make it better. Our biggest priority is the children’s wellbeing and we will be doing everything that we can to make them feel happy, safe, and connected to our Dovecote family. Please discuss any worries that you have by emailing or phoning school…we are here to support you.

Here’s to a different but positive start to the year,


Ruth Guy-Clark

(Acting Headteacher)

September re-opening FAQ's

FAQs – Reminders

  • Different Year groups come in at different gates and different times.
  • Friday, school closes after the children have had lunch.

Year Group






Brinkhill Gate

9.15 am

Mon – Thur 3.15 pm
Fri – 12.30 pm

Nursery outside area


Brinkhill Gate

9.00 am

Mon – Thur 3.00 pm
Fri – 12.15 pm

Rec outdoor area

Year 1

Brinkhill Gate

8.45 am

Mon – Thur 2.45 pm
Fri – 12.00 pm

Year 1 outdoor area

Year 2

Main Pedestrian Gate

9.00 am

Mon – Thur 3.00 pm
Fri – 12.15 pm

2LM – IT Door
2LA – Yr 2/3 door

Year 3

Main Pedestrian Gate

8.45 am

Mon – Thur 2.45 pm
Fri – 12.00 pm

3AY – IT Door
3TS – Yr 2/3 door

Year 4

Gate by site managers house

9.00 am

Mon – Thur 3.00 pm
Fri – 12.15 pm

Classroom fire doors

Year 5

Gate by site managers house

8.45 am

Mon – Thur 2.45 pm
Fri – 12.00 pm

Classroom fire doors

  • Parents must move quickly when dropping off or picking up.
  • Adults MUST socially distance when lining up at the gates and classrooms.
  • You MUST be on time. If you are late and the gates are closed, you will be asked to come back at the next session / day.
  • No parent will be allowed in the building.
  • Contact with staff will need to be by phone or email to admin@dovecote.nottingham.sch.uk


September re-opening information

We have gathered all the important information regarding the re-opening of school on September the 3rd here: https://dovecote.nottingham.sch.uk/nottc/primary/dovecote/site/pages/septemberre-opening
Please, make sure you keep a close eye on this section, as any changes will be put here first.

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in September.

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.


Family Support and Wellbeing

For information on family support and wellbeing, please click on the image below to take you to the relevant page.


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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