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

Dovecote school; Vision and Mission survey

Dear Parents/Carers

It is fifteen years now since Dovecote opened as a school.
We feel that it is the right time to look again at the vision and mission of the school.

What it means to be a pupil at Dovecote.
What we believe education to be and how the pupils should learn.
How we want the pupils to feel and what we want them to achieve.
Finally what we do as a school to achieve these aims.

The staff and pupils have shared their thoughts on this and I want to now ask our parents and carers what they think.

We want to ask you:

What do you want your child’s experience at Dovecote to be?

Please think about the three or four most important things and think about the whole school experience – not just academic subjects.

Please keep this to a list of 4 or 5 words or two sentences and send your thoughts to survey@dovecote.school by Friday 5th March.

We will then put all the ideas from everyone together and reflect this in a statement that will underpin everything that we do.

Ruth Guy-Clark

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

Message for all pupils and parents!


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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