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The school day including uniform, late and absence procedures.

The school day

Our school day runs from 9.00 until 3.15. This equates to 6 and a quarter hours a day 31.25 hours a week.

Children arrive and wait on the front of the school until the gates are opened at 8.50. The gates are closed at 9.00.



The register takes place at 9.00 in the classroom. Children arriving after registration up until 9.20 are classed as late. After 9.20 the children's absence is an unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absences and lates may effect children's attendance data.



All classes start their day with English or Maths until assembly.

KS1 break is 10.30 am- 10.45 am. Children are collected from the playground.

KS2 break is from 10.45 am - 11.00 am. Children make their own way back into class.


Assembly and Lunch

Classes start their day with English, phonics or maths with a break for assembly at 10.00. This is either in the hall or pre recorded, Online safety (Project evolve) is done every Wednesday as an assembly.

KS1 lunch is 11.45 am - 12.45 pm. Children are collected from the playground.

KS2 Lunch is from 12.15 pm - 1.15 pm. Children are led back into class.



In the afternoons each class timetables the following: Geography, History, Art and or Design Technology, computing, music, Modern foreign languages, RE, PSHE, PE, Science. History and Geography are timetabled depending on the current terms plan.


School finishes at 3.15pm


School uniform


We pride ourselves on the high standard of dress at Dovedale. Our recommended form of clothing includes a red school Sweatshirt teamed with grey or black skirt, trousers or shorts. The skirts should be appropriate length ( knee) and shorts should be uniform style not 'cycling' or PE type shorts. In order to maintain our high standard we consider Bermuda shorts, jeans, denim jackets, highly coloured track, jogging or shell suits unsuitable for school. We believe that high standards of dress make a positive contribution to overall discipline in the school.

Although we do not require school logos on our uniform, logo sweatshirts and polo shirts can be purchased from just school wear in Long Eaton or online from Tesco


Our required dress code, endorsed by the governing body, is:



  • Plain trousers and skirts in grey or black - skirt length should be knee length.
  • White or red shirts, blouses or T-shirts.
  • Sweatshirts, jumpers and cardigans in red.
  • Plain black, sensible shoes with little or no heel.



  • Plain shorts, trousers, polo-shirts, dress and skirts based on the school colours (red, grey).
  • Shoes as above. Children may also wear sandals provided their foot is securely fastened in the sandal i.e. no flip flops.



  • Plain black shorts or leggings/ joggers, plain red round neck t-shirt.
  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms and plain sweatshirt in black. 
  • Trainers are required for outdoor use.


Important reminder

As you are well aware, children are very good at losing their clothes and red shirts all look the same. With this in mind, we would ask that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child's name. This applies particularly to such things as anoraks, pullovers, cardigans, ties, wellingtons, plimsolls and P.E. vests, sweatshirts.

You can order name labels by clicking on the link below. Please use fundraising code 6056 when ordering



  • The school has a strict policy on the wearing of jewellery. No jewellery should be worn with the exception of 1 pair of gold or silver small studs. These will need to be removed by the child during PE/swimming.
  • Hair accessories should be small sized and school colours.
  • Hairstyles should be school appropriate.
  • Watches should be functional and must not have cameras/videos or apps on.




Late and Absence procedures.


If your child is late, after the school gates have closed. Please bring them through the office where you will be asked to sign them in.


If your child is absent, it is the school policy that you ring and let the school know as soon as you can, the reason why and how long they will be absent for.


If you are collecting your child early, please do this via the office, where you will be asked to sign them out.


For all holidays a Leave of Absence form must be submitted.