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Here you can find out about Dovedale Association (Dovedale PTA), news and our upcoming events.




The next Dovedale Association meeting is on Monday 16th April at 7.15pm at the Wilsthorpe Tavern, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton. All welcome, please come along.


Well done to everyone who took part and attended the Dovedale Christmas Fair 2017. With your help we raised an amazing £884.45 for our school. All the money raised will be used to enhance the surroundings and experiences of our children at the school. Thank you all so much for your continued support!



Easter Fair Thursday 22nd March 3.20pm


Everyone is invited to join us from 3.20pm in the hall for games, stalls and refreshments.


Eggstravaganza Bake-off:

Children are invited to bake Easter themed cakes and enter it into our Eggstravaganza Bake-off. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in EYFS/KS1 and KS2. The cakes will then be on sale at the Easter Fair after school. Please bring your cakes to school on the morning of the event in a container marked with the child’s name and year group on and we’ll ensure these are available for you to collect after the event.


Easter Trail:

The Easter trail in the school grounds will be ticket only so the Easter Bunny knows how many treats to bring.

  • Tickets for the trail are £2.00 per child by advanced purchase only.
  • Tickets will give set start time and includes trail and an Easter treat from the Easter Bunny.
  • Send in your child’s money in an envelope with the completed tear off slip by Wednesday 14th March.
  • All children MUST be accompanied on the trail by an adult.




Summer Fair Friday 6th July ...more details to follow


Watch this space for news of exciting events taking place throughout the school year.





What is Dovedale Association?


We are Dovedale’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA). All the parents, carers and teachers of pupils at Dovedale are automatically members. Of all of the members some of us voluntarily attend meetings and assist in fundraising, organising and helping at our events. We are a registered charity - number 1039665.


Would you like to join us?


Your support is valuable to us whether as a volunteer at events, providing fundraising ideas or other background support. We would love to hear from you. Get in touch via the following ways:


Facebook page: Dovedale Primary School Association – Long Eaton

Find us at school drop off/pick up.

Or simply turn up to any of our meetings.


The Association is run by a committee of our members who have been elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is held at the start of each school year.




Lisa Salt

Honorary Secretary

Michelle Stevenson

Honorary Treasurer

Emma Price

Vice Chair

Katie White

Assistant Honorary Secretary

Michelle Thraves

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

Tracey Marshall


In addition we have ordinary committee members who also assist in the important role of decision making.

President of the Association/Head Teacher – Sarah Houseman

Committee Members – Jo Ansell-Wood, Sarah Armitage, Selina Carreno, Karen Dowthwaite and Lynda Simms.


Our active members are vital to the Association in making all the fundraising ideas and events to help our school possible.


Why do we need a PTA?


It’s amazing how many people are willing to help out at their child’s pre-school because it is understood that they need financial assistance to operate, but when it comes to school, they think that there is plenty of money available. This is not the case. Government funding covers (but only just) the essential teaching requirements of the school. All extras are not financed by the Government and money needs to be raised for such items.


What does money raised by the PTA buy?


Most years we are able to donate at least £1,000 for the bulk purchase of items to help with teaching and for the enjoyment of the children. In the past we have funded the trim-trail which is located on the playing field, the climbing equipment in the Reception play area, the staging and curtains for the hall, numeracy equipment, musical instruments, globes, book bags, picnic benches, additional chairs for the hall, playground equipment, theatre company visits and have subsidised school trips. This is just a start. The more help we have the more we can do.




Thanks to all of your support Dovedale Association have been able to provide each class with an allowance which they are able to spend on whatever they like. Some examples this year are where one class bought food for the children to try and enjoy at Chinese New Year and another class used theirs for storage boxes to organise the PE kits.

We have paid for the bookmarks which were used as prizes for each different coloured School House. Just before Christmas we paid for the pantomime that the children enjoyed and we also facilitated the sale of the Christmas cards which were designed by the children.

In addition we have continued to support the staff and children across the school in their learning and play throughout the year by providing the necessary funds when requested. We have paid for new equipment for the children to enjoy playing with at lunchtimes. We also contributed towards the Year 5 Tudors experience.

We have paid half the money along with the school towards MNM's theatre production of Jungle Book.

This is just a small selection of what we do but all of this would not be possible without you. We would like to thank you for your continued support where funds raised go directly to enhancing the surroundings and experiences of our children at the school.

The more we raise, the more our children gain. “Aiming High Together!”



YEAR 2016/2017



Amount raised

September – Fashion Show


October – Spooky Disco


November – Movie Night


December – Christmas Hamper Raffle


December – Bauble Decorating Competition


February – Valentines Cake Sale


March – Junior’s Film Night


April – Easter Trail


May - School Disco


July - Summer Fair


YEAR 2017/2018


Amount raised


October – School Disco


November – Movie Night


December – Christmas Hamper Raffle


December – Christmas cards


December – Christmas Fair



You help us make this happen. Thank you for all of your support.


Need more information?


Please contact us in any of the following ways:

Facebook page: Dovedale Primary School Association - Long Eaton


Or find us at school drop off/pick up.

Please contact us directly as the school office are unable to answer PTA queries.