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Change to advertised menu 1st April 2021

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Household Lateral Flow Tests

Dear Parent / Carer,

From 1 March 2021 all adults in households with school and college-age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing (Lateral Flow Device Tests).

Please do not share kits with your child if they are under 11. If your child has covid symptoms you should immediately obtain a PCR test via this website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. If your child has covid symptoms, a negative LFD test will not allow them to return to school early.

Also, refer to the accompanying leaflet for more information.

You can get twice-weekly tests via one of four ways; note these kits are not available from your child’s school. Secondary school and college students aged 11 and above will continue to access their own regular rapid tests directly through their school or college.

Via Your employer
Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.  

Testing at a local Community Test Site

Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. You do not need to make an appointment.

They are currently at three locations in Nottingham:

Further details are available here:
www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/asymptomatictesting

Collect test kits
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. You do not need to make an appointment.  Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.

Details of how to find your nearest test collection site are here:

https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

Order home test kits online  

If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.   Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits

What twice-weekly testing involves. You will be asked to:   

  • take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)  
  • report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test  
  • Report your test result online or by calling 119.

If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:   

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:   

  • regular handwashing
  • social distancing.

If you have any questions about this process contact NHS on 119, please do not contact the school.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION - RAPID TESTING FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

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

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School re-opening - headteacher update

26/2/21

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

New school menu starting from the 8th March 2021

Please, find the latest school dinner menus. Please note that the week beginning the 8th of March is Week 3 on the menu.

Clifton COVID Teasting Centre

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School Re-opens

School is now closed for the Half-term holiday. We will return for keyworker children on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021.
Please, note that Monday is an INSET training day.

Local Support

Hello,

We hope you are all well in these different and challenging times.

Below are some details on local support on offer during this time for children and families.

Here is some information on what to do if you believe that a child is at risk from harm:

  • If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police - 999 immediately. Alternatively, if you feel the child is at risk of abuse or neglect, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101.
  • Children's Social Care If you make the decision to contact Children's Social Care, and the child or young person lives in Nottingham city, please call 0115 876 4800.
  • Children and Families Direct is operational Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Outside of these hours, the telephone number should be used for emergency safeguarding enquiries only.

You may be worried about the repercussions of reporting your concerns to Children's Social Care, both for yourself and your family. The person making the call will always be asked for their name and contact details - so you can be contacted again if needed. However, you can ask for your details to remain confidential, or provide information anonymously.

Please get in contact with the school if you require any further support

FSM National Voucher Scheme

We have been informed that FSM vouchers will now be provided by the National Scheme, which opens next week. We will be informed when we can order them as a school and will send them to eligible parents as soon as possible. This will hopefully be by Thursday the 21st. 

Letter to parents

18/12/20

Information for Parents and Carers

      Parents’ Evenings

Parents’ Evenings took place by phone this term. If you didn’t make an appointment please contact the office in January to make one.

Punctuality

We are being as flexible as we can in opening gates and doors in the morning. We have noticed that there are an increasing number of children arriving to school late. This disrupts their learning for the day and also often means that staff have to cross bubbles to take them to their class. It is so important, as a life skill, that children learn to be on time.  

Attendance

We totally understand that there may be anxiety around sending your children to school at present. Please be assured that we are following all Government and local authority guidelines.  Please continue to send your children to school unless they are ill or having to isolate. We want them to have the best chance of making up lost learning. If you have any concerns around this please contact us. If a pupil is isolating or you can’t get them to school because other children in the household are isolating this will be authorised. We are not referring pupils to Education Welfare because of COVID related absences (therefore no fines) and we are not going to use attendance as a criteria for any achievement rewards. 

Christmas

Although we haven’t been able to do many of the activities that we usually do for Christmas, the children have been involved in a variety of things across school. The Year 4,5 and 6 were recorded playing their instruments which was available to watch,  some pupils watched the Nottingham City Concert, there have been lots of Christmas and winter craft activities, the older children have watched an online panto, there’s been dressing up in some rooms and children have received presents from Santa.

Gardening

Mrs. Mitchell continues to work with children in the school garden. This term she has worked with Year 4 and Year 5. Activities have included: harvesting leeks and making a delicious soup (which Year 4 then tried), weeding, watering, pruning and using the lavender to make scented bags, wheelbarrow skills (very popular), leaf clearing and planting 400 tress that were donated to us in the wildlife area.

 Visitors

Although we haven’t been able to carry out any educational visits, we have been able to have some visitors in school to enhance the curriculum. This has of course, been done safely following Covid guidelines.  Year 5 worked on a project with a local artist, Reception and Nursery took part in a drumming workshop and Year 2 had a visit from a Victorian lady who brought lots of old toys.

Parking

Following concerns from parents and school we have had police monitoring the parking around school. They have recorded illegal parking and given out fixed penalty notices. They will be sending us a report and will be doing spot checks. Please walk when you can and if you have to drive park safely and drive slowly around school.  

Covid

We continue to follow the guidelines and have lots of things in place in school, to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We have only had three positive cases in school (staff and pupils) since September.  Please continue to follow the rules over the holidays to keep the community safe.

Dates

Monday 4th January – Spring Term starts

Monday 22nd February - INSET

Thank you for your continued support and understanding in very challenging times. It is fantastic that the majority of you have adapted to the new ways of doing things even when this hasn’t been convenient.

Happy Christmas and take care

Ruth Guy-Clark

Headteacher

Clifton Church Services

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Mr. Rose Leaving

Dear Parents/Carers,

Below is a message from Mr. Rose. We are really sad that Dovecote is losing such a caring and inspirational teacher who has touched the lives of so many pupils and staff. We will miss him very much but wish him all the best in his new home and at his new school. We will be interviewing next week and will then let you know who Mr. Rose’s replacement will be.
Mrs. Guy-Clark

For the last four years, I have been so proud to work at Dovecote Primary School. That’s why it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce my plans to leave at the end of this term. Just before Christmas, we will be relocating to Hampshire due to a recent change in family circumstances. Although I am excited for the next chapter, I will miss the wonderful community we have here at Dovecote and wish staff, pupils, parents, and carers all the best for the future.
Mr. Rose

Headteacher Update (23/11/2020)

23/11/20 

Dear Parents/Carers,  

A few bits of new information and reminders. 

Children in Need 

Since settling in with their new teacher after half term, the children have marked Remembrance Day and taken part in Children in Need. As a school, we raised £353.78. This is fabulous, especially at a time when many people are struggling.   

Parents’ Evenings 

Instead of Parents’ Evenings, teachers will be contacting you by phone during the week beginning 30th November. You will be able to book a time. Details will be sent out early this week.  This is a change of date to the one on the website. 

PE Clothing 

On the days that the children do PE they can come into school in suitable clothing eg. jogging bottoms, sweatshirt. (Not branded football kit please.) 

Punctuality  

We are being as flexible as we can in opening gates and doors in the morning. We have noticed that there is an increasing number of children arriving at school late. This disrupts their learning for the day and also often means that staff have to cross bubbles to take them to their class. It is so important, as a life skill, that children learn to be on time.    

Bubble Closure 

The Reception bubble has had to close and will reopen on December 4th. Details of this are in a letter on the website with links to guidance to follow. The Nursery bubble has reopened today.     

Attendance 

We totally understand that there may be anxiety around sending your children to school at present. Please be assured that we are following all Government and local authority guidelines.  Please continue to send your children to school unless they are ill or having to isolate. We want them to have the best chance of making up lost learning. If you have any concerns about this please contact us. If a pupil is isolating or you can’t get them to school because other children in the household are isolating this will be authorised. We are not referring pupils to Education Welfare because of COVID-related absences (therefore no fines) and we are not going to use attendance as a criteria for any achievement rewards.   

Christmas 

We won’t be able to do many of the activities that we usually do for Christmas but there are many things that we can do safely: Children can bring in Christmas cards but only for the children in their class, the church at Clifton village will be recording an assembly that the children can watch, children will have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa and receive a letter and gift in return (organised by the local community), In Harmony will be recording the children playing to share with the whole school and we are hoping to be able to watch a panto! (Please ensure that class teachers know if you do not wish your children to take part in Christmas activities.)  

School meals 

As has been said before, our school dinners are great! While some schools are still only providing sandwiches, we are providing a choice of hot meals. There are some photos being put on the website – sorry that you can’t taste! Please consider school meals if your children don’t have them already.  

It’s really great to see so many of you when I’m on the gates. Thank you so much for your continued support and feedback.  

Take care, 

Ruth Guy-Clark 

Headteacher 

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Children in Need 2020

On Friday the 13th of November 2020, Dovecote will be helping to fundraise for Children in Need. 

We are going to be having a non-uniform / dressing green for mental health / Children in Need clothes.

In school, we will be having activities throughout the day, which will include the Duck Race, and Joe Wicks Workouts.

You can donate through the dedicated Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dovecotepri
(£2 minimum donation). Or we will be placing a donation box by each gate, for cash donations (£1). (Cash donations will be handled according to our Covid risk assessment for the safety of pupils and staff).

Parking around the school

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to welcome back the pupils today into their new classes. We know that there were some issues around the gates. There is limited space when queuing on the pavement but please try to socially distance at all times and don’t arrive too early. On the school grounds, there is plenty of space to socially distance when waiting at Reception and Year 1. It is really important that you socially distance at these points, there are marks on the ground at 2m intervals.

We are still very concerned around the illegal and inconsiderate parking around the school. Guidance states that it is best to walk to school if you can. If not please park on the road in a legal place – not at junctions or on the pavement.

We will monitor the start and end of the day for the next few days to see if any changes need to be made.   

Regards,

Ruth Guy-Clark

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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