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Welcome to Dovecote Primary and Nursery School.

Headteacher Update 10th Sept 2021


Dear Parents/Carers, 

I hope that everyone is now settled back into the school routine. It’s been wonderful to welcome all the children and staff back. 

Here is some new information and a few reminders: 

Potted Sports 

Next Wednesday afternoon is Potted Sports. This had to be postponed from last Summer so involves the current Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Children need to come in P.E. kit. It will start at approximately 1.25 pm. As we know Covid is still around so we would ask that families limit the number of people attending per family. Also, it will minimise risk if spectators can distance where possible. Spectators won’t be able to come into school. You must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms or have been a close contact of Covid and aren’t double vaccinated. Children will leave via their usual doors and will be able to leave early if a parent/carer is present and the Sports have finished.   

Covid Guidance   

We do still have a risk assessment for Covid that we follow in school. Also, all statutory guidance has to be followed. If anyone (adults and children) has any of the three symptoms high temperature, continuous cough or loss of sense of taste or smell that cannot be in school until they have a negative PCR test. It must be a PCR, not lateral flow. Close contacts of Covid who have no symptoms are children or double vaccinated adults, do not need to isolate. We are still advising that parents should not come into school unless they have an agreed meeting. The local authority is strongly advising that all adults should be vaccinated.  

Start of the day  

The lengthened start to the day is working really well. There is little congestion and the children are calm and ready to learn. This has also been put in place to improve lateness. However we still have some pupils who are consistently late, this has a detrimental effect on their day. Please ensure that your children arrive on time.  


14th September – Individual photographs 

28th September – Year 6 visit to Leciester museum 

16th/17th/24th September Author visits 

22nd September – House Colours’ Day 

INSET days –  

Monday 4th October 

Wednesday 17th November 

Friday 18th March 

Wednesday 27th July 

If you need to raise any issues, positive or concerns, you’ll see senior staff outside in the mornings and at pick up. You can also email or phone.  

Thanks for your continued support. 

Ruth Guy-Clark 

Nottingham High School Open Day


We are delighted to invite the families at your school to visit Nottingham High School at our Open Morning on Saturday 25th September.

Please book your place by filling in our online enquiry form https://nottinghamhigh.co.uk/admissions-form

You will be able to take a tour of our facilities and meet our staff and pupils. There will be lots of activities on offer and it is a great way to get a feel for the whole school.

  • In Lovell House, our Infant School, children can take part in our "spot the squirrel" tour to find their way around the classrooms, getting involved in lots of fun activities along the way.
  • Our Junior School will host an exciting Lego mini-figure trail, with a variety of activities for children to try in each classroom.
  • Our whole Senior School will be open to explore. Get stuck in with various activities in the classrooms and chat to the teachers and pupils to find out about life at the school.
  • Our Sixth Form Centre will also be open to provide a taste for A Level life at the school, and there will be staff and current students on-hand to chat about studying at our Sixth Form.

Come along to find out more about the school and discover what makes us so much more than our excellent academic reputation.

Pupils return to school on Wednesday September 1st

Times 8.50am 3.20pm for Full time Nursery and all other Year groups

  • Pupils can come into school through any gate
  • All classroom doors will be opened at 8.35am. This gives 15 minutes for pupils to come into school. This will give a calm and less crowded start to the day and allow parents .
  • Nursery pupils will be dropped off at the Nursery outdoor area gate.
  • Reception pupils will be dropped off at the Reception outdoor area gate.
  • Year 1 children enter via the gate at the bottom of their outdoor area. (bottom of side playground)
  • Mrs Searles and Mr, Bakewells classes will enter school via the door near to the IT suite
  • Miss Smiths and Mr Yates classes will enter via the 2/3 area doors.
  • Years 4, 5 and 6 will enter via their own classroom door.
  • At the end of the day pupils will be dismissed from the same doors.


For the start of the Year, pupils need to come in their PE kits on their PE days. The times will be confirmed the first week back.


There will be a full list of calendar dates available the first week back. A few dates to be aware of

15th September – Potted Sports

17th September – Individual Photos

4th October – INSET


We will continue with hand washing and sanitising and increased ventilation in rooms. We won’t be doing whole school assemblies or staff meetings immediately. We have just received a new Risk assessment which will be shared in September.

Advice for families from Nottingham City Health and Safety is:

  • If anyone has symptoms get a PCR test
  • If you are over 18 get vaccinated

Year Group Information

There will be specific information being posted for Year groups on the website in the Year group areas.

There will be general information in the Parents’ Information section on the website.

This will all be updated by the end of the first week back.

BBC Radio Nottingham visits Dovecote's Sports Day

We were excited to welcome BBC Radio Nottingham to school today, to see our Year 4, 5, and 6's Sports Day.
Please, find a link to the show here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007707j (Item starts at the 1 hr and 50-minute mark).

Headteacher's Update 19th July 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are reaching the end of yet another challenging year where so much has been achieved.

Deputy Head

I am really pleased to let you know that Mrs. Gurdish Sian will start as Dovecote's new Deputy Headteacher in September. She has been in school last week and will be joining us this week. Most of the children have already met her. With her, as part of the team, we will continue to do great things. Please see the 'hello' from her on the website.


We are still clarifying some of the arrangements for September so look out for messages over the next few days. I can say though, that we will be going back to the times of 8.50 am - 3.20 pm for all children. Pupils will be able to come into school through any of the gates. We are also keeping having staff on gates so that you can catch us then if you need to. It’s one of my favourite times of the day. Thank you so much for your patience on this – I know that the staggered times have been really tricky for some families.

Class Swap

We have managed to do one class swap where the children met their new teacher. We made the decision to cancel the second one as we didn’t want to have to increase the risk of having to close another bubble by mixing children and staff.

Sun Safety

You know what I’m going to say…hats, suncream, water – it’s so important. We may have to adapt what the children can do outside whilst it’s so hot, to keep them safe.

Thank you for your continued support.

Take care,
Ruth Guy-Clark

Dovecote is excited to welcome our new deputy head.

We are excited to welcome Mrs Sian, as Dovecote's new deputy head.

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Our Brilliant 'Brilliant' Clubbers!

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So pleased to inform you that all 12 of the 2021 cohort of pupils undertaking The Scholar's Programme run by The Brilliant Club passed, obtaining either an equivalent of a 1st or 2.1 university degree! This means that although they are all in Year 5 they are working at a good or above year 7/8 level. Our pupils worked with a PHD tutor on a programme called 'Lying with Statistics versus Capturing the Truth'  which they found very insightful. These are the best results we have ever had! They all worked incredibly hard and showed great strength and resilience. We had a celebration in school with a link in to an online graduation in collaboration with Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. We are all so proud of them but more importantly they are so proud of themselves. A huge congratulations to them all! Well Done!


Unfortunately one of our brilliant scholars missed the celebration and the photos! Huge congratulations and well done to her too!

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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