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Letter from Mr. Jenkins, for all Year 6 children

Dear year 6,

Well, what strange times these are. You should be starting your last half term with us and looking forward to lots of fun summer activities.

As you know, we were making plans to bring some of you back into school. On Friday afternoon, Nottingham City Council decided that they did not want the schools that they control to open yet. They want us to wait a bit longer. Dovecote is a City Council school and so we have to do as they say.

I hope you are enjoying the online learning and challenges that Ms Barton and Mr Bakewell are putting on the website.

I wanted to go through a few things that would have been happening this half term and let you know what we are currently thinking.

Monday 8th June – Potted Sports – This has been cancelled and unfortunately you will not be involved if we can do it in September

Friday 12th – Monday 15th June – Year 6 residential. This is a tricky one. PGL, the company we are going with, have not officially cancelled so they will not give us the money back. We are hoping to rearrange this for the Autumn term and if we can we will work with your secondary schools to work out a way that you can still go and we can celebrate year 6.

Wednesday 1st / Thursday 2nd July – Secondary school visits. These will not be taking place. Your secondary school will give you a lot of support when you start in September. We have talked to the secondary schools about each pupil, so they know what to expect! We will continue to work with them and I know they are planning to make contact with you before September.

Tuesday 7th July – Garden Party. This has been cancelled. If we can rearrange for September, we will let you know the date and you will be welcome.

Wednesday 15th / Thursday 16th July – Year 6 performance. This has been cancelled. We will think about how we can produce a Year Book.

Friday 17th July – End of year reports. You will be getting a full end of year 6 report which will include your teacher’s assessment of where they think you would have ended the year in reading, writing and maths.

Tuesday 21st July – End of Year Achiever’s Assembly. This has been cancelled but we will be sending certificates to everyone who would have been in the assembly and making our usual end of year awards. I might even make a video!

Wednesday 22nd July – Leaver’s party. This has been cancelled but we WILL be having a party when we can, and you are all invited.

I am sorry that this has not been the end you wanted, or we had planned.

Some of you might be back in school before the end of term, but it will be very different. I am sure you have seen the pictures on the website and the coverage on the TV.

Remember, you and your family have to do what is right for you. As I said to your parents last week, if you come back to school, you are right, if you do not come back, you are right, if you want to wait and see, you are right.

We are all missing school and it is not the retirement I had planned either. Let’s all think of each other and whatever happens between now and the end of term, we will all officially leave on the same day and we will go back to Dovecote next term as visitors to say thank you and goodbye.

Take care and hope to see you all soon.

Mr J



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Gardening Success

Mrs. Mitchell and the children who work in the school garden were delighted to find out that they had won £100 in garden vouchers, here they are receiving the vouchers and a certificate.

The prize was for growing the heaviest crop of a local variety of potatoes in a national competition called 'Grow your own potatoes'

Now we just have to decide what to spend the money on!


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Eat Well for Less

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We're Back! Nearly...

Yes, the summer holiday's are nearly finished. The teachers have worked wonders and, the school is ready. Are you? 

We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you to school on Tuesday the 3rd of September. To share what you have done and to look forward to the exciting things we have planned for this year.

The school office will be open on Friday the 30th of August (between 8 am and 12 noon) for your dinner payments and again on Monday the 2nd of September (between 8 am and 5 pm). This will also be the INSET Day for teachers.

With trips to places far and wide, and visits from leading experts. Learning has never been so exciting, and of course educational. 


Pre-Paying for School Meals

From September we will be changing the way that meals are ordered and paid for.  

We are asking that all school meals are paid for in advance, either on the Friday of the week before, or Monday morning. We will not accept payments at any other times.  
This is being done to reduce wastage in the kitchen and to ensure that each child gets the meal they would like. 
The cost per meal is staying the same at £2.15 for one meal, £10.75 for one week, £43.00 for four weeks, or £73.10 for the Autumn half-term. 
Payment is quick and easy using our online payment system; school gateway, or by cash at the main office. 
If you currently have a balance, we will happily arrange a payment plan to help you reduce the amount owed over a period of time. 
Unfortunately, if meals are not paid in advance, and your account does not have available balance to cover the meal, we will ask you to supply a packed lunch. 
If your child has packed lunch or is in receipt of pupil premium / free school meals then you will not be charged.  
If you would like to learn more about pupil premium, and free school meals. Please call into the school office, or visit https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/information-for-residents/education-and-schools/benefits-for-school-aged-children/free-school-meals-and-free-milk
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals & Pupil Premium they will receive a free school meal every day, half-price school trips, except school residentials, and the school will receive extra funding to support students to raise standards and attainment. 


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Dovecote is a 'Good' school

We are proud to announce the results of our recent Ofsted inspection. We have been judged 'Good' in all areas of the school. This is a fantastic result and testament to the hard work of the staff, children and parents/carers.

Next, we need to aim higher for an Outstanding result.

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