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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.

Warmest regards

Mrs R Blessing

Acting Head teacher

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Starting School 2022

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

Enriched Curriculum

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

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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.

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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

January
Tuesday 4th
SPRING TERM BEGINS
February
Monday 14th - Friday 18th
HALF TERM
April
Friday 1st
LAST DAY OF SPRING TERM. School finishes at 1.30pm

Summer Term 2022

April
Tuesday 19th
Inset Day
April
Wednesday 20th
START OF SUMMER TERM
May
Monday 2nd
Early May Bank Holiday
May/June
Monday 31st - Friday 3rd
HALF TERM including Spring Bank Holiday (Thursday 2nd June) and Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday (Friday 3rd June)
June
Monday 6th
Inset Day
July
Friday 8th
Extra Bank Holiday in lieu of Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in May half term
July
Friday 22nd
END OF SUMMER TERM

Autumn Term 2022

September
Thursday 1st
Inset Day
September
Friday 2nd
Inset Day
September
Monday 5th
Start of Autumn Term
October
Friday 21st
Inset Day
October
Monday 24th - Friday 28th
HALF TERM
December
Friday 16th
End of Autumn Term

Term dates 2023

January 2023
Tuesday 3rd
Inset Day
January
Wednesday 4th
Start of Spring Term
February
Monday 13th - Friday 17th February
Half term week
March
Friday 31st
End of Spring term 2023
April
Monday 17th
Inset Day
April
Tuesday 18th
Start of Summer term
May
Monday 1st
Early Bank Holiday
May
Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June
Half term week including Spring Bank Holiday
July
Friday 21st
End of Summer term

Paper copies of all documentation on the website can be obtained by request from the school office