Welcome to Dovery Down
Welcome to Dovery Down Lower School.
We are a rapidly improving, small community school that prides itself on developing its pupils as caring, supportive and active members of the community.
Our school believes the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
We are committed to providing inspirational and innovative teaching and the highest quality learning experiences for all our pupils.
Our aim is to provide a purposeful and enjoyable learning environment within our beautiful setting providing an enriched curriculum and enabling all pupils to achieve their full potential.
If you would like to find out more about our school then please do browse our website further or to request a visit to school please contact the school office and we would be very happy to show you around.
Mrs R Blessing
Acting Head teacher
Our Enriched Curriculum Offers
A broad, balanced, exciting and differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum. Foundation subjects are taught through the Cornerstones curriculum with emphasis on developing enhanced curriculum knowledge and vocabulary and sequential skills development.
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language.
Embedded within the whole curriculum are opportunities to explore and develop values and beliefs, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures
Outdoor learning and Forest School and Forest Fun in our woodland setting for children in all year groups. Learning and thriving in our exciting environment which also includes a wildlife area, adventure trails and our all-weather surface on the field.
Involvement in sports festivals across Leighton Buzzard and Linslade in which all children can participate.
Welcome to our School
Our Mission Statement
'To create a happy and safe learning environment which inspires, educates and makes a difference to every child.'
CARE FOR YOURSELF, CARE FOR EACH OTHER, CARE FOR YOUR SCHOOL, ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
The history of our school
Dovery Down Lower School is a small school set in our own woodland in Leighton Buzzard. We cater for 3-9 year olds.
We provide a safe, friendly and caring environment where children can be happy. They develop a love of learning and they can achieve their best.
Where does the name Dovery Down come from?
Before the school was built, there was a private house on this site. The house was called ‘Dovery Down’ and the school was named after it.
The name ‘Dovery’ is an early version of what is now ‘Doverhay’. Doverhay Down is the name of a hill near the village of Porlock in the Exmoor National Park. Perhaps the family who built the house had connections with West Somerset or perhaps they took their holidays there.
Dates for the Diary
Spring Term 2022
SPRING TERM BEGINS
Monday 14th - Friday 18th
LAST DAY OF SPRING TERM. School finishes at 1.30pm
Summer Term 2022
START OF SUMMER TERM
Early May Bank Holiday
Monday 31st - Friday 3rd
HALF TERM including Spring Bank Holiday (Thursday 2nd June) and Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday (Friday 3rd June)
Extra Bank Holiday in lieu of Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in May half term
END OF SUMMER TERM
Autumn Term 2022
End of Autumn Term
Monday 24th - Friday 28th
Start of Autumn Term
Term dates 2023
Start of Spring Term
Monday 13th - Friday 17th February
Half term week
End of Spring term 2023
Start of Summer term
Early Bank Holiday
Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June
Half term week including Spring Bank Holiday
End of Summer term
Paper copies of all documentation on the website can be obtained by request from the school office