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Latest School News 2019 - 2020

Dovecote English Festival

Enlish Festival

Marvellous ME updated.

Guide to Parent App update

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!


Eat Well For Less

Eat Well for Less

BBC1's hit show 'Eat Well For Less?' is BACK and looking for households to take part!
Eat Well For Less? is on the hunt for families / households looking to save money on their food shop!
Is the cost of your weekly food shop spiraling out of control?
Perhaps you're desperate to save but under pressure to keep providing the household favourites?
Or do your health requirements affect your diet? Are you in need of some new inspiration?
Maybe you need help adjusting to a new financial situation?
Or are you just bored of buying and cooking the same foods every week?

... Masterchef's Gregg Wallace & award-winning grocer Chris Bavin are on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition. They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

We’re currently on the hunt for families / households to take part in our new series – so get in touch with the team TODAY!

Email: eatwell@rdftelevision.com or Call: 0117 970 7682

*Any information which you give us will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice, a copy of which is available on request*


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. 


School News Archive 2018 - 2019

Year 6 leavers video (Carpool Karaoke)



Easter Activities & Silly Socks Day

In support of Autism Awareness Week, We are holding a Silly Sock Day

As well as the following activities:   
All activities are voluntary.

  • Nursery – Year 6: Egg Rolling – Children will need to bring a hardboiled egg to roll.
  • Nursery – Year 6: Egg Decorating - children can bring in a hardboiled egg that they have decorated themselves; it can either be a character or a pattern.  Please make sure your child’s name is either on the egg or on the box they bring it in.
  • Year 1 – Year 6: Buggy Racing – If your child would like to make a buggy to race there are two categories this year. Junk models e.g. old boxes, yogurt pots, etc or Construction kits e.g. Lego.  They will need a hard-boiled egg to sit in the buggy, the buggies will be rolled down a slide and measured how far they go.
  • Reception and Nursery: - Easter/Spring Bonnet Parade.

We are asking for your help in helping your child to make a bonnet in an Easter/Spring theme for the Easter Bonnet Parade.

Don’t forget the socks!


Silly Socks Day

Friday (5th April) is silly socks day for Autism Awareness Week. 

Unicorn socks, Christmas socks, Brightly coloured socks. The sillier the better.

This is a free event just to raise awareness. No donation required. However, full uniform (apart from socks) is expected. 


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.


WE.org - Making doing good, doable

We were fortunate to be invited to join the WE show in London. A group of our Year 6 children made the trip to London and managed to meet Prince Harry.

To find out more please visit their site at https://www.we.org/

Year 6 Hoodies 2019

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Primary Parliament Spring 2019

Spring Term Safe, Positive, Smart Communities

Nottingham schoolchildren create Safe Positive Smart communities at Primary Parliament! - Children from across the City have united to collaborate on a future communities project as part of Primary Parliament. The sessions, held at The Council House, were entitled: SAFE Lives, POSITIVE Neighbourhoods, SMART City.
Incredibly, the children designed, researched and built their SPS communities in just one day.
The day concluded with a presentation by each group and discussion in the council chamber with their fellow Primary Parliament members, chaired by Councillor David Mellen.
Throughout the sessions, the children demonstrated brilliant teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm, and public speaking skills to present original concepts excellently.

Dovecote was proudly represented by three of our children.

Red Nose Day (15th March 2019)

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School meal price increase.

The price of a school meal will increase on Monday 1st April to £2.15.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 will still receive a free school meal and Children in Key stage 2 may be eligible if parents receive certain benefits.

World Book Day Menu

We have a change of menu for World Book Day on Thursday the 7th of March.

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Parent Information Evening

Early reading and phonics parent information evening. On Monday the 4th of March at 3:30 pm in the main hall.

This will be an informal session with lots of ideas and tips that can be used at home.

Ofsted Visit

We would like to thank all of our Parents, Carers, and Children for their help and support during the recent Ofsted visit. The official report will be available on the Ofsted website (link available under the statutory information tab at the side) in approximately 2-3 weeks.​

Supporting local charities and the environment

Dovecote is happy to announce that we has managed to collect and ship our first collection for CRCCIC, that computer recycling charity which helps young people with mental health conditions to move onto further education and full time employment. Our mission doesn’t stop yet though! We are still on the lookout for more donations so that we can continue to support them throughout the year.

British Values

As a school, we promote the values expressed on the poster. You will see examples of this around the school, and in the way the pupils and adults treat and respect each other, and take responsibility in school and for their actions. 


What parents need to know about Age Ratings (from National Online Safety)

As parents and carers, it can be challenging to determine whether or not content is appropriate for our children. That's where BBFC and PEGI age ratings come in...

This #WakeUpWednesday, National Online Safety is guiding parents through the complex world of BBFC and PEGI age ratings for films, TV, music videos and games. Please see the FREE online safety guide forparents & carers.

Please find below links to share this free poster for schools: 

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1093071804543963136 
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NationalOnlineSafety/photos/a.1681508315488685/1960547194251461/?type=3&theater 

Interested in our online safety course for parents and carers? Please find further information here and complete the form if interested: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/training/online-safety-parents-course/ 


New sensory room

The Pastoral Team would like to anounce the opening of Dovecote's new sensory room.

This has been developed using money raised at the school fairs, raffles and other parent donations.

We would particularly like to thank the family that kindly donated a bubble tube and mirrors. This has allowed us

to create a fantastic resource for the children of Dovecote School. 


Wellbeing & Mindfulness Parent Meeting

Join us at the parent meeting on Monday 21st of January at 3:30 pm to find out more about wellbeing and mindfulness in school. This is currently concentrating on KS2, but is open to all parents. We hope you will join us to find out more about this important new development.

Job Vacancy

We have an opening for a Senior Midday Supervisor position. For more information and an application pack, please visit the main office.

Closing date: 18th January 2019.

Computer Recycling Charity Collection.

Dovecote is proud to be supporting CRCCIC, who helps young adults with various mental health needs, to gain work experience or apprenticeship before moving into further education or a stainable job.

They do this work, by collecting all unwanted Computers, Laptops, Phones, Tablets, and Computing accessories such as Networking equipment etc. 

Dovecote is the local collection point for dropping off your unwanted equipment. Please see the poster below.


* Please could you ensure that any passwords (including iCloud/Google accounts) have been removed and if possible has been reset to factory conditions.

** Broken equipment will be disassembled by CRC for recycling. Please see below for data protection.

*** For schools or business. Dovecote will ensure that any data held on any drives is erased to HMG IS5 Enhanced standard, onsite at Dovecote, before transporting to CRC. This is fully compliant with / and in line with data protection and GDPR requirements. You will receive a certificate of destruction from the Dovecote IT Department; for your records.

Dovecote awarded the Music Mark

We are so pleased to announce, that we have been awarded the Music Mark, in recognition of commitment to providing high-quality music education for all children and young people. I huge thank you to the staff and children who's dedication has made this possible.  

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Nottingham City Catering Survey 2018

Dear Parent/ Carer,

As part of our commitment to delivering great customer satisfaction, we are again consulting our customers for their feedback.

This year our survey will be in a digital format, in an effort to be more sustainable and to cut down on the work to collect the information for us.

There are a couple of prizes of INTU vouchers.

The survey is short and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete; the closing date is 30 November 2018.

Please see the details of the link below:


As always, if you have any further questions or we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Jacquie Blake

Commercial Operations Manager, Catering.

Pupil School Development Plan 2018

# Wake up Wednesday - Stamping out bullying online.


Children in Need 2018 - 'Do your thing'


It's that time of year, when the BBC bring Pudsey to the nation. On Friday the 16th of November the BBC will be raising funds for Children around the world.

We at Dovecote have been proud sponsers year after year, and this year is no different. 

The theme this year is 'Do your Thing' and will be a free dress day. Better yet, why not come in ' your thing', be it clothes that show your: sport, hobby or favorite character.

We suggest a donation of £1, all of which goes to Children in Need. There will also be the pennies (or 2s, 5s or 10p) for Pudsey.

Headteacher Update - September 2018

Welcome to a new school year. A special warm welcome to any families new to the school.

Not quite the start to the year we had planned with the building work over running into September, but we are back on track now. We haven’t had to test the heating system yet, but fingers crossed. Once again, thank you for your understanding over the delayed opening, but the building really wasn’t safe to bring the children back.

You should have all received your year group parent information packs now, and we hope you found them useful.

Your children may have been talking about our new way of teaching maths – Maths No Problem. We had a parent information meeting about this last term and we will re-run this in a couple of weeks now the children are using it on a daily basis.

As ever, we have a number of exciting events planned.

Wednesday 26th September is our harvest assembly. As always, we will be donating any gifts of food to the Clifton Foodbank.

Thursday 27th September is our first ever Dovecote English Festival. Details have already been sent and it promises to be a day full of exciting and original activities. We hope you can join us for the relevant part of the day – fingers crossed for sunshine!

Friday 4th October is an INSET day – the traditional Goose Fair Friday INSET.

The Autumn term parents’ meetings are 3.30 – 6.00 on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th October and Friday 19th October is the last day of half term. We return on Monday 5th November (remember remember the 5th of November).

Dovecote English Festival

Join us for a day of fun and excitment as we visit the Dovecote English Festival.


We're Back!

Yes, the builders have left. The teachers have worked wonders and finally, the school is ready. Are you? 

We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you to school tomorrow (Wednesday the 5th). To share in what you have done and to look forward to the exciting things we have planned for this year.

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


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