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Dovedale Association


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


The next Dovedale Association meeting is:


Date: Monday 28th June 2021

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Long Eaton Rugby Club


The AGM is an opportunity for you to elect the PTA Committee, who represent the association throughout the forthcoming year.
There will be several existing committee members who are not able to stand for re-election this year. Many have served the PTA in key roles for many years and their children have now either moved or are moving to secondary school. As well as nominated committee members we also need to increase our numbers of willing volunteers to help at events. Things like running a sweet stall at a disco, managing a stall at one of the fairs and selling raffle tickets at a Christmas concert.

If you are interested in standing for a committee officer or ordinary committee member role, please email: by 12.00 noon on Thursday 24th June.


We look forward to seeing you and meeting new members.




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Shopping with Amazon? A lot of us do and will be doing so in the run up to Christmas. Go to and Amazon will make a donation to the charitable organisation of your choice when you spend. Why not choose us? Just select Dovedale Association as your cause and spend.


Want to help out at our events? Maybe you would like to be a volunteer at one of the school discos or perhaps you're able to lend a hand to help set up an event. Even if you feel that's all you can contribute we need you too. We're all volunteering so we would love any help you could provide. Especially you fabulous bakers. You always make our cake sales a great success. So come on, together let's make our children's experience whilst at Dovedale the best we can.



Although we at the PTA have been quiet this year we are busy behind the scenes planning future events. If you would like to join us, make new friends, have fun and help raise money for our school please contact us.

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





Well done Dovedale on achieving Best Walking Party. We did it for the 3rd year running. The theme for the carnival this year was cartoons and comics. We entered as the cartoon 101 Dalmatians. What an amazing turn out from the children, parents and staff of Dovedale Primary School who took part. Thank you so much to everyone who came to support us.


New Playground Shelter


Towards the end of term you may have seen a new addition to our playground. This fantastic structure has been funded by money raised by the schools PTA over the last few years. Thank you to all the PTA members who work so hard getting events planned and running smoothly. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us by attending events, baking cakes and donating. Without your support we could not provide these extra things for our school.


The shelter is dedicated in the memory of a former Dovedale pupil, Taylor Dodsworth. Taylor was such a wonderful boy who sadly passed away in 2018. We will never forgot his smile. His brother, along with his mum Gemma Dodsworth, cut the ribbon on 3rd May 2019. It was lovely to see so many friends, family, parents and pupils of our school attending.


Long Eaton Carnival 2018


This years theme was The War Years. We decided to decorate our car with poppies. Dovedale children enjoyed helping us create these. We dressed in 1940's clothing and enjoyed our  selection of 1940's era music being played as we walked. We won the "Walking Group" category for the second year running. Thank you to everyone who helped make it so successful again. Well done to everyone taking part.


Christmas Movie Night 2018

What a success our sold out Christmas Movie Night was. All the children behaved so well and seemed to enjoy the film. It was lovely to see them when they all started singing along to the songs. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who took part.


Welcome to Dovedale Party 2018

We decided to host a Welcome to Dovedale Party for all the children in Reception this year. What a fabulous turn out. The children from Snowdrop and Rose classes really enjoyed themselves. The helpers had fun joining in too. Thank you to all the parents and staff who took part in this successful event.


Long Eaton Carnival 2017


This year's theme was Movies and we chose The Jungle Book. We won the "Walking Group" category. Well done to everyone taking part. So proud of our school.


Eggstravaganza Bake Off 2017
This year for our Easter Fair we invited children to bake Easter themed cakes where prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in EYFS/KS1 and KS2. The cakes were later sold to raise funds at our Easter Fair. The bake off was amazing with some incredible entries. The judges found it really challenging to choose but here are our winners. Well done to all of the children and thank you for the donations. Dovedale has a lot of talented bakers! Here are the winning entries.




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.




Helen Jack

Honorary Secretary

Kathryn Jackson

Honorary Treasurer

Emma Price


Vice Chair

Tracey Marshall

Assistant Honorary Secretary


Assistant Honorary Treasurer

Scott Marsden




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 – Jennifer Smart, Tracey Foster, Selina Carreno, Sophie Clarke, Joanne Ansell-Wood, Anita Gallagher, Karen Dowthwaite and Charlotte Ashton.


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.