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Next Meeting Wednesday 12th June at 5pm


Parents Forum News 10/4/19

Thank you to those who attended our Parents Forum.  The cake went down very well! (Thank you to Mrs Bird)

Points raised/discussed:

  • Minutes and actions from the previous forum were recapped and followed up.
  • Parents asked for the hedges at the front of the school to be trimmed back by the council to make the pavement space as wide as possible. Mr Pitchfork will inform the council about this.
  • A concern was made over the safety of unsupervised older children waiting in the car park/gate area in a morning who were seen to run out into the road. Mrs Houseman is going to mention this on the next school newsletter.
  • Mrs Thraves (a parent) would like to organise an after school litter pick which is a lovely idea. Thank you.
  • Asked to continue to update the class pages, class dojo and the website calendar. Parents are pleased with the communication systems. All staff to continue using these systems.
  • Parents asked if every class can have Ambassadors including EYFS. Now we are approaching the Summer Term all staff are on the look out for those children who are going above and beyond the REACH values.
  • Curriculum Evening workshops were great. It was asked whether or not there could be a crèche in the future.
  • Parents are looking forward to the ‘Meet the Teacher ‘after school meetings towards the end of the Sumer Term. They find these very useful and informative.
  • A question was asked as to why the school doesn’t amend our Inset days to coincide with election days to minimise the impact on parents and children. Our INSET days are planned well in advance, before election days and we have to work around training providers and other schools in the Willows Academy Trust.  We are unable to use our hall/school building for training on an election day.
  • The recent interim mini report was very useful, especially the format and clear, specific child friendly targets.
  • A further question was asked about supervision during the school gates and the classrooms in the mornings.  Plenty of Teaching Assistants are always around on the paths or in the corridors in case any children fall over.
  • Parents like the REACH values and feel that they are helping Dovedale children to be even more helpful, kind, caring and respectful of everyone.


As you can see this was a very productive meeting and we value your input.

Mrs Louise Tomlinson and Mr Matt Davies.

Next Parent Forum will be in the Summer Term. Date to be confirmed.


Parents Forum News 14/11/18


Thank you to those who attended our recent Parents Forum. It was lovely to see some new faces too.

The cakes went down very well! (Thank you to Mrs Bird)

Points raised/discussed:

  • Parents asked for any changes in school meals to be continued to be texted out to them. Our cook and secretaries are more than happy to continue with this.
  • Some parents were concerned that their class pages on the website hadn’t been updated recently and said it would be useful to have the spelling lists on them as well. This has been actioned and all spelling lists to be added if not already on.
  • Parents commented how lovely the Poppy display is and how the whole school worked together to create something so wonderful and memorable for the children.
  • To carry on putting as many letters as possible on the website for parents to have easier access and to continue to give as much notice as possible about trips, residentials, special days etc.
  • Some parents queried the consistency of merit stickers across the classes towards children gaining their bronze, silver and gold certificates etc. A non-negotiables list has now been devised from EYFS up to Year 6 to include age/work appropriate reasons for rewarding a sticker plus teachers using their own professional judgement when they feel they are deserved. We all know how much praise and reward motivates.
  • EYFS parents commented how they liked the full days in September for their children starting school instead of half days as it was a lot easier for working parents.
  • Junior parents asked for planners and dojos to be used more in some classes to provide consistency across year groups. This has been reminded at a staff briefing by Mrs Houseman.
  • An idea was also suggested about putting the guidance information for schools on infection control/illnesses onto our website for all parents to be able to refer to if their child is ill. You can now find a link to this on our website under the useful links section under the Parents tab.

As you can see this was a very productive meeting and we value your input.

Mrs Louise Tomlinson

Next Parent Forum will be in the Spring Term. Date to be confirmed.