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Welcome to Dovecote Primary and Nursery School. - We return for KeyWorker children on February 23rd 2021

Message for all pupils and parents!

Hi All,

This is just a quick message to say how wonderful it has been to see everyone today. The atmosphire in the school was really positive and was lovely to see everyone having a fantastic day.

Ruth Guy-Clark

Dovecote school; Start and Finish times - Spring 2021


  Start Finish Friday (Finish) Gate Entry
Nursery 9:15 3:15 12:30 Brinkhill Nursery outside area
 Reception  9:10 3:10 12:20 Brinkhill Rec outside area
Year 1 9:00 3:00 12:15 Brinkhill Year 1 outside area
Year 2 8:45 2:45 12:00 Main gate by School office 2LA - IT Suite
2TS - Year 2/3 door
Year 3 9:00 3:00 12:15 Main gate by School office 3SB - IT Suite
3AY - Year 2/3 door
Year 4 8:45 2:45 12:00 Gate by site managers house Classroom fire doors
Year 5 9:00 3:00 12:15 Gate by site managers house Classroom fire doors
Year 6 8:55 2:55 12:10 Gate by site managers house Classroom fire doors



As you are aware, Primary schools are NOT required to test their pupils themselves, however, the government has asked that all adults who live in households with primary school, secondary school, and college-age children, including childcare and support bubbles, test themselves and children twice a week and we urge you to do this, please.

The nearest testing centre is the Clifton Community Centre (The shed) on Southchurch Drive.

Please see the letter from the local authority below and the leaflet which shows you where you can access the tests. Thank you.

Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff

As more pupils and students return to the classroom the Government has asked that all adults who live in households with primary school, secondary school, and college-age children, including childcare and support bubbles, test themselves twice a week. Many parents will have received a letter from their school asking them to access regular testing.

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on. The aim of the rapid testing is to test as many people as possible to help stop the spread of infections – especially as places, such as schools, start to reopen.

To support this, home testing kits (a rapid lateral flow device test) are now available for anyone who is over the age of 18 who lives in the same home as a primary school, secondary school, or college-age student.

People who are asymptomatic (do not display symptoms of Covid-19) can find out how to get a rapid lateral flow test by visiting: Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Reporting results

  • It is really important that results are reported. People are asked to report results online to NHS Test and Trace or over the phone by calling 119. 
  • If anyone in the household tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and: 
  1. self-isolate immediately 
  2. Get a PCR test at a local test centre to confirm the result. PCR Tests work in a different way to lateral flow device test as the swab kits go to a laboratory. The PCR tests are better at finding very small amounts of the virus, especially early in infection, so these are used primarily in people who have symptoms. 
  • Follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
  • A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee people do not have coronavirus, so they should keep following all coronavirus advice including: 
  1. regular handwashing 
  2. social distancing 
  3. wearing a face-covering where recommended

Thank you all for your continued help and support at this difficult time.

Alison Challenger
Director of Public Health at Nottingham City


School re-opening - headteacher update


Dear Parents Carers,

Only a week to go and we’ll all be back at school. When we return, the focus as always at Dovecote, will be on the safety and well-being of the pupils. We want them to feel happy and be able to reconnect with their friends – we know that this is so important to them. When pupils feel happy and safe we know that they are then able to learn successfully. I know that you are worried about the learning that the children have missed. We will focus on key skills and on continuing to deliver an enriched curriculum. We know that many of our pupils are really excited about coming back to school but also know that there may be some worry and anxiety. Please let us know if this is the case so that we can ensure everyone gets the support that they need.  

We have made a conscious decision to keep all the safety measures that were in place in the Autumn Term the same because we are only at Stage One of coming out of lockdown. We must still be vigilant. This includes the staggered start and finish times and Friday afternoon for teachers’ planning time (so that no one has to cross bubbles). We have had very few cases of Covid in school and have only had two bubble closures since September, we feel that what we have in place has worked to minimise transmission. Hopefully with the vaccination program and the number of cases dropping we will be able to review these measures in the Summer Term and look at making changes. Thank you to the many parents who have voiced their support for this.  

I know that the last two months have been really tough for many families. We have been saddened to know of an increased number of families that have lost relatives during this time.  I hope that the regular contact from school has helped in some way. Even though we are reopening school fully please contact us for any support that we can give.  You can do this by Year group email or a call to the office who will put you in touch with the relevant person.

All the staff at Dovecote are really looking forward to welcoming all the pupils back.

Stay safe,

Ruth Guy-Clark

Mental Health Support

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see below some excellent podcasts produced by CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services) to help you to understand and support your children with their mental wellbeing. These have not been made for children to view independently and please be aware in terms of internet safety that the links are to YouTube videos. Just click on the picture headings below.

CAMHS home learningCAMHS  helping your child to understand & manage anxiety
CAMHS understanding & managing low moodCAMHS  Raising Resilient Children

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

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