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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.

Either on the website, or in the pupil planners, 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


March Update

As always, this has been a very busy term.

We have had a number of really successful events, and thank you for your continued support for the school in so many activities.

World Book Day. What a great day that was. There are pictures on this site.

Comic Relief. Over £500 raised. A great effort and a really fun day.

The No Nonsense grammar and spelling parent evening was a great success with well over 50 people attending. We will be running similar, curriculum themed evenings every half term from now on. Always on a Monday with dates to be published soon so you can plan them in.

Easter Activity Day was its usual mix of decorated eggs, bonnets, and broken eggs! You would think by year 6 that they would have worked out that to enter the egg rolling competition, it has to be hard boiled!

Our second In Harmony Spring concert was well attended, and the pupils performed a variety of pieces and songs. If you missed the staff band’s rendition of ‘Every Body’ from the Blues Brothers, you missed a treat.

 All this, along with the usual mix of trips, visits, music performances, night walks and Lab_13 events.

We also had the monitoring visit following our inspection last September. The report from this is available in the letters to parent section, as are the results of the recent parent questionnaire.

The last event of the term was the Spring Term achievement assembly. It is always a real treat, and proud moment to recognise the achievements of so many pupils throughout the term. Again, thank you for taking the time to share that with us.

A bit of advanced warning is that the return date for the pupils after the summer break will be Monday 4th September 2017.

Enjoy the Easter break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on TUESDAY 18th April at 8.45am for the summer term.

December Update

Thank you to everyone for your support for the school this term. It feels like a long time ago now that the Ofsted team turned up. We have worked hard since the inspection and we are confident that when they come to visit (probably next term) for a day to look at the progress we have made on the suggestions they made, that they will be pleased with what they see.

These last few weeks have been very busy as always. It has been wonderful to see so many people supporting all the different events. From the City concert at the Albert Hall, the year 5/6 carol concert at St Mary’s, Jack and the Beanstalk from reception and year 1, the year 2,3,4 production, there has been great attendance and support.

We have also had craft days and parties. All well attended and great fun. Santa has been very busy delivering all the books to the children.

We have also had our end of term achievement assembly. Pupils now have to have attendance and punctuality above 98%, as well as impeccable behaviour, good progress, a positive contribution, and always be ready to learn. Despite the raised expectations, we still had over 120 pupils in achievement assembly – a fantastic achievement. The change from vouchers to books as a reward has been really well received by parents, staff and pupils, and this is certainly something we will continue in the future.

Thanks again for all the support. Have a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing all the children back on Wednesday 4th January.

November Update

Dear families,

As I am sure you know, we recently had a school OFSTED inspection. The report has now been published and is available on the school website. As before, I wanted to share some of the highlights, and recommendations with you.

‘Parents and the majority of those who responded to Parent View, and informally during the inspection, expressed their pleasure in pride in being part of the school community.’

‘The school has a positive and welcoming atmosphere where pupils get along and are fully accepted and included.’

‘The already few incidents of bullying have reduced further. Pupils express their confidence that adults act quickly to deal with bullying,’

‘The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.’

‘Children in Nursery and Reception classes continue to make good progress.’

‘Pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding make good progress.’

‘Behaviour is good, both in and out of lessons. Pupils enjoy learning, and attendance has improved significantly to reach the national average.’

‘The school provides good care and support.’

‘Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress. Skilled support is used effectively.’

‘Safeguarding is effective.’ ‘Pupils say they feel very safe in school.’

‘Governors have a good range of skills and experience. Governors have high aspirations for the school.’

Like all reports, there are pointers as to how we could improve further,

‘Raise pupils’ achievement further by ensuring that teachers regularly pose challenging questions,’

‘Improve further the progress made by pupils in writing,’

‘Make teaching more effective by ensuring that leaders provide teachers with precise feedback about their classroom practice,’

Despite the school remaining in the category of ‘Requires Improvement’, we were pleased that the inspectors recognized the many improvements since the last inspection.


Andy Jenkins

Ofsted Information 2016

September Update

Welcome back to a new school year. We hope you all had a good summer break. We have had an excellent first week back and are looking forward to another exciting and busy year.

I have listed some key dates so that you can begin to plan around work and childcare.

There will be more details to follow – for example, when exactly the Christmas performances and parties are.

There are also bound to be additional events that we do not yet know about and we will always try and give two weeks notice of these.

Mon  19.09.16

Harvest Assembly 

Donations for Clifton Food Bank

Tues 27.09.16 Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00
Wed 28.09.16 Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00

17.10.16 to

Fri 28.10.16

Half Term Break
Fri 18.11.16 Children In Need
Mon 21.11.16 Open Afternoon 1.30 - 3.20 
Weds 07.12.16 School Fair 3.30 - 5.00

12.12.16 to

Thurs 15.12.16

Christmas Performances

16.12.16 to

Tues 20.12.16

Christmas Parties
Mon  19.12.16 9.15am End of Term Achievement Assembly
Tues 20.12.16 3.20 End Of Term
Tues 03.01.17 INSET Day (pupils not in school)
Wed 04.04.17 8.45am Pupils Return to School 
Tues 24.01.17 Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00
Wed 25.01.17 Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00
Fri 03.02.17 World Cancer Day - School Purple Day for Sue

13.02.17 to 

Fri 17.02.17

Half Term Break
Fri 24.03.17 Red Nose Day
Thurs 30.03.17 Easter Activity Day
Fri 31.03.17 9.15am End of Term Achievemnet Assembly
Fri 31.03.17 3.20pm End of Term
Tues 18.04.17 8.45 Pupils Return to School



Year 6 SATs. Full Attendance is Vital 
Fri 26.05.17 INSET day (pupils not in school)

29.05.17 to 

Fri 02.06.17

Half Term Break
Tues 20.06.17 01.15pm Whole School Potted Sports
Wed 21.06.17 House Reward Trip for the Winning House 
Wed 12.07.17 Summer Fair
Wed 19.07.17 9.15am End of Term Achievement Assembly 
Mon 24.07.17 9.30am End of Term Achievement Assembly 
Wed 26.07.17 3.20pm End of Term

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