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.
Either on the website, or in the pupil planners, 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
As I am sure you know, we recently had a school OFSTED inspection. The report has now been published and is available on the school website. As before, I wanted to share some of the highlights, and recommendations with you.
‘Parents and the majority of those who responded to Parent View, and informally during the inspection, expressed their pleasure in pride in being part of the school community.’
‘The school has a positive and welcoming atmosphere where pupils get along and are fully accepted and included.’
‘The already few incidents of bullying have reduced further. Pupils express their confidence that adults act quickly to deal with bullying,’
‘The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.’
‘Children in Nursery and Reception classes continue to make good progress.’
‘Pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding make good progress.’
‘Behaviour is good, both in and out of lessons. Pupils enjoy learning, and attendance has improved significantly to reach the national average.’
‘The school provides good care and support.’
‘Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress. Skilled support is used effectively.’
‘Safeguarding is effective.’ ‘Pupils say they feel very safe in school.’
‘Governors have a good range of skills and experience. Governors have high aspirations for the school.’
Like all reports, there are pointers as to how we could improve further,
‘Raise pupils’ achievement further by ensuring that teachers regularly pose challenging questions,’
‘Improve further the progress made by pupils in writing,’
‘Make teaching more effective by ensuring that leaders provide teachers with precise feedback about their classroom practice,’
Despite the school remaining in the category of ‘Requires Improvement’, we were pleased that the inspectors recognized the many improvements since the last inspection.
Ofsted Information 2016
Welcome back to a new school year. We hope you all had a good summer break. We have had an excellent first week back and are looking forward to another exciting and busy year.
I have listed some key dates so that you can begin to plan around work and childcare.
There will be more details to follow – for example, when exactly the Christmas performances and parties are.
There are also bound to be additional events that we do not yet know about and we will always try and give two weeks notice of these.
Donations for Clifton Food Bank
|Tues||27.09.16||Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00|
|Wed||28.09.16||Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00|
|Half Term Break|
|Fri||18.11.16||Children In Need|
|Mon||21.11.16||Open Afternoon 1.30 - 3.20|
|Weds||07.12.16||School Fair 3.30 - 5.00|
|Mon||19.12.16||9.15am End of Term Achievement Assembly|
|Tues||20.12.16||3.20 End Of Term|
|Tues||03.01.17||INSET Day (pupils not in school)|
|Wed||04.04.17||8.45am Pupils Return to School|
|Tues||24.01.17||Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00|
|Wed||25.01.17||Parents' Meetings 3.30 - 6.00|
|Fri||03.02.17||World Cancer Day - School Purple Day for Sue|
|Half Term Break|
|Fri||24.03.17||Red Nose Day|
|Thurs||30.03.17||Easter Activity Day|
|Fri||31.03.17||9.15am End of Term Achievemnet Assembly|
|Fri||31.03.17||3.20pm End of Term|
|Tues||18.04.17||8.45 Pupils Return to School|
|Year 6 SATs. Full Attendance is Vital|
|Fri||26.05.17||INSET day (pupils not in school)|
|Half Term Break|
|Tues||20.06.17||01.15pm Whole School Potted Sports|
|Wed||21.06.17||House Reward Trip for the Winning House|
|Wed||19.07.17||9.15am End of Term Achievement Assembly|
|Mon||24.07.17||9.30am End of Term Achievement Assembly|
|Wed||26.07.17||3.20pm End of Term|