OFSTED Inspection Announcement

As you will be aware from an earlier email and letter, Dove Bank Primary School will be inspected, under section 8 of the Education Act 2005 tomorrow, 13th December.

Please find a copy of the letter already circulated.

Letter to parents

Your views are important.

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 13 December 2017 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 13 December 2017.

 

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School Closure – Monday 11th December 2017

Like numerous schools in Leicestershire, Dove Bank Primary School is closed today (Monday 11th December 2017) due to the risk of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces and potentially hazardous journeys for staff, parents and pupils.

Whist we appreciate the difficulty and inconvenience caused to families, the safety of all is paramount in these adverse weather conditions.

We anticipate that school will be open on Tuesday 12th December.

Today’s Nativity performances will be re-scheduled – details will be circulated tomorrow via text/email.

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Aladdin!

DSCN9205A massive well done to Classes 2,3 and 4 for working so exceptionally hard on our Christmas Production, ‘Aladdin.

The standard of singing, dancing and acting was once again extremely high, and the performance was a joy to watch. Mrs Good and I were exceptionally proud of our wonderful pupils.

Thanks also to the staff for their support with the backdrop, costumes and props and to Mrs Howard for all of the admin work. A super team effort as always.

 

School Games Mark Awards Night

DovebankWe were delighted to have been invited to attend the North West Leicestershire Local Sports Alliance Awards evening on 23rd November to officially receive our  Silver School Games Mark. Our Sports Ambassadors met 2016 Olympian Rebekah Tiler and were entertained by ‘Pedal Power V Parkour’.

It is a wonderful achievement and clear recognition of the excellent work carried out by staff over the past academic year. Special thanks, as always, to Mrs Shaw.

 

 

 

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All Different. All Equal.

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2017 was ‘All different, all equal’. During our special anti-bullying day, pupils explored a number of issues relating to respect, friendship and thoughtfulness.

They were also treated to a performance of ’Catchfool City’ by One Day Creative. The children were all utterly engaged in this wonderfully interactive performance, which really got the message home that bullying in any form is not acceptable.

I am also delighted to inform you that our Y2 and Y6 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have reported that they have had no issues of bullying or intimidating behaviour to deal with since September.

Pupils have commented positively on how well the children play together, and how caring everyone is towards one another. Well done kids!

Bullying has no place at Dove Bank and we hope to keep that message strong.

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Children in Need

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our “Crazy hat and hair” day for the BBC’s Children In Need appeal on Friday 17th November. Our school raised £167.45 in support for the charity, which included the funds from additional activities such as the Pudsey colouring competition and name the teddy.

 

Theatre Visit & Village Walk

To enhance their topic on the lives of the rich and poor during Victorian times, the Hobgoblin Theatre Company once again visited school to perform ‘Workhouse Boy’. It was a stunning live performance, with some wonderful acting which really brought the children’s History topic to life.

Pupils in Y5/6 also thoroughly enjoyed their ‘historical detectives’ walk around Nailstone, to look at evidence of the Victorian period.

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NSPCC Visit

We were delighted to welcome two representatives from the NSPCC who visited school to deliver their ‘Speak Out; Stay Safe’ assembly and share information with pupils about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries.

They spoke to the children and staff about the valuable work they do across the country, and talked about how important it is for everyone in our school community to join them in their ‘fight for every childhood’.

The NSPCC’s work in schools helps to encourage conversations about staying safe and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

Giant Egg Discovery!

Pupils in Classes 1 and 2 have witnessed a series of strange events in the last few days… muddy footprints, scattered leaves and branches, and the discovery that a giant egg has been laid in a nest in one of the school’s woodland areas!

After a request by the Ministry of Strange Objects, pupils undertook the task of looking at the “evidence” to try and identify the strange creature that had laid the egg. All clues pointed to the Tyrannosaurus Rex that had visited school a few weeks earlier.

The giant egg has now been taken to a secret location where it will be well looked after by scientists from the Ministry of Strange Objects!

However, inspired by their incredible discovery, pupils have embarked on a story writing project – they certainly weren’t short of ideas!