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Latest School News 2020 - 2021

Headteacher Update (19/10/2020)

Dear Parents/Carers,

                                     This first half term has certainly flown by. It has been brilliant to see the children being excited about returning to school and settling in so well with the different routines. Thank you for being supportive and understanding regarding the new rules and times that we’ve had to put in place.  With the pupils moving classes after half term, there will be a few changes again. Please be patient as we get used to this again. Can we also ask that those of you coming by car, park safely and legally when dropping off. It’s very worrying at the moment as some of the parking poses a danger to people crossing the roads and walking on the pavements. We would encourage as many of you as possible to walk to school for health and environmental reasons.

                                     We are very pleased that we have had no positive cases of Covid in pupils or staff. Some pupils have had to self-isolate. When this happens there is work to complete on the website. If your child has to self-isolate then a member of staff will contact you to explain where the work is and how you can send it in. The work is linked to the learning happening in school. If a whole bubble was to close we would send out information around remote learning to everyone in the bubble.  The website is continually being updated and will contain newsletters and information about staff by the end of the first week back.

                                   As I’m sure you realise, the majority of children in school are now behind in their learning due to time out of school during lockdown. They are working hard to catch up and we are putting things in place to support them in school. After half term, Mr. Dan Rogers will be working in school again supporting in Years 2 – 6.

                                   We hope that during half-term everyone will follow the Tier 2 rules and that we will see infection rates in the City fall. Enjoy the break and as I always say to the pupils, “If you can be anything in the world, be kind.”

 

Keep Safe,

Ruth Guy-Clark

Headteacher

November Arrangements

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New classes

New Teachers

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know the children will be moving classes after October Half Term. Their new teachers are really excited to meet them and we will have two transition sessions for this. In the present circumstances, we are keeping the classes as they are, so they will move as a group.

Present Teacher

New Teacher

Year Group

Mrs Norris/Mrs Stephenson

Miss Measom

Year 1

Mrs Hill/Mrs Hall

Mrs Mahon

Year 1

Mr Rose

Miss Smith

Year 2

Mrs Mahon

Mrs Loughran

Year 2

Mrs Loughran

Mr Yates

Year 3

Miss Measom

Mr Rose

Year 3

Mr Yates

Mr Nicholls

Year 4

Miss Smith

Mr Harding

Year 4

Mr Harding

Mr Ebling

Year 5

Miss Birch

Mr Norris

Year 5

Mr Norris

Ms Barton

Year 6

Mr Ebling

Miss Birch

Year 6

Nursery into Reception 

Parents with children moving from Nursery to Reception will be receiving an individual message as these children at present aren’t in a class group. The class teachers in Reception will be Mrs Norris/Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Hill/Mrs Hall.

Start and Finish Times

We will try to keep the timings for the children as unchanged as possible although there will be a few differences for a couple of year groups. Details of this will be sent to you next week.

The well-being and safety of the children continues to be our priority. Thank you all for your continued understanding and support in these difficult times. 

Yours Sincerely,
Ruth Guy-Clark

Year 2 Outdoor Adventure Day

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House Colour Day. 30th September 2020

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Change of menu for 1st October 2020

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School Menu

Dovecote's New Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am so happy to be able to announce that, after a two day selection process involving four candidates, the Governing Body have asked me to be Headteacher at Dovecote. I am passionate and committed to ensuring that Dovecote is an amazing place to learn. I am excited about my new role and the future of the school.

Have a great weekend,

Ruth Guy-Clark

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,

Regards,

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

Gate

Start

Finish

Entry

Nursery

Brinkhill Gate

9.15 am

Mon – Thur 3.15 pm
Fri – 12.30 pm

Nursery outside area

Reception

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
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