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Dovetree School

Our School Offer

Our aim is to provide pupils with a range of opportunities so that they can reach their full potential.

Key Stages

Pupils in Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5 attend Dovetree School.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips. We take account of the National Curriculum and put an emphasis on pupils developing basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy with cross curricular links across subjects.


We offer our pupils a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, through which everyone is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We believe in encouraging pupil’s self-esteem, which is often low when they start with us, by ensuring that the curriculum and tasks that are set are challenging yet achievable, thus enabling them to further succeed and develop.


All pupils at Dovetree School have access to the curriculum. Our Key Stage 2 and 3 programmes follow the national curriculum.

Our Key Stage 4 programme encompasses a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, as well as a range of nationally recognised accreditation opportunities, which include GCSEs and also vocational awards such as:

  • Motor Vehicle
  • Construction
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Product Design - Resistant Materials
  • Creative and Media
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Art and Design

Vocational Centre

The onsite purpose built Vocational Centre offers pupils the opportunity to develop skills and offers them a hands-on experience so that they are able to master new skills ready for the world of work.

Our aim is to provide pupils with an ever-growing variety of options so that they can explore different vocational subjects allowing them to experience new pathways in a simulated work environment. The vocational courses are taught by experienced staff who have industry experience, which further enhances the quality and learning experience of the pupils.

Careers Guidance

At Dovetree, we are committed to ensuring we provide our pupils with the highest levels of careers guidance, advice and information. Our Careers, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) programme ensures that every pupil is given the support they need to step confidently into their chosen career path when the times comes to move on.

CEIAG is embedded into our curriculum and our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities are measured against the eight standards of the Gatsby Benchmark for the 2020-2021 academic year. In lessons, teachers promote job roles that link to their subject, and pupils discuss career opportunities and what qualifications they would need to progress into that career, whether this be through apprenticeships, college or university.

In years 10 and 11 students study the ASDAN qualification in Personal and Social Development allowing them to develop the skills needed to progress on to their next step in learning. Through independent careers advice, with a Prospects Careers Advisor, they make informed choices about the options available to them.

We work in partnership with Project ASK. The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) for Schools project has been commissioned by The National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to support the Government’s target of achieving 3 million Apprenticeship starts by 2020.

Click here to read our careers overview 2021/2022

Click here to download our useful links document

Please take a look at their interactive resource to find out more about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to our students when they leave school.

Click here to discover the resources 

Find out the latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Click here to discover the Parents' Pack 

We work to ensure we meet the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers delivery in our schools.

You can view our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy, plus supporting documents, below.

Careers Policy

Labour Market Information

Careers Advice Toolkit

Primary Careers Overview 

Secondary Careers Overview

Parent Pack 

Useful Links 

Take the Careers Quiz by clicking the link

Labour Market Information (LMI) helps you to select careers based on skills and current information on the labour market

Our Therapeutic Support

We provide young people with unrivalled levels of therapeutic support, both in terms of the expertise and experience of our in-school staff and the wide range of therapies offered. 

Our therapeutic approach includes: 

  • As required, young people have the support of our Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
  • Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support to all young people is based on attachment principles. We believe that unless a young person is able to feel emotionally secure they are less likely to fulfil their personal, social and educational potential.
  • Our unique approach to supporting young people allows us to achieve uniquely outstanding outcomes, which in turn enable our young people to go on to realise a future filled with aspiration and achievement.


Our Commitment to Therapeutic Support

We have an extensive Clinical Team, who are able to offer our young people within our school a truly personalised and comprehensive package of therapeutic support.

  • We will ensure that every young person develops resilience and releases their potential by providing the appropriate clinical support for their social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • We will make a young person ‘whole’ by supporting them to develop the competencies and abilities to help them become a capable young adult.
    We will completely integrate the delivery of therapeutic support.
  • We will operate a direct delivery model of therapy offering universal services targeted to the needs of individual children and young people.

Staffing and Pastoral Care

Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with Special Educational Needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and therapists.

Teachers and teaching assistants are extremely well equipped in providing appropriate support to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a positive and engaging learning environment. The education staff consists of a stable and experienced team and the professional development of teachers and teaching assistants is supported through regular internal and external training. This ensures extremely effective teaching practices are in place and lesson activities are well-planned to support learning.

The Pastoral Care Team develop excellent links with parents, carers and families, as well as professionals involved with a pupil. They also provide additional support, when required, to help pupils engage in classes.

We are dedicated to the development of the ‘whole child’, focusing on areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience, making safe choices and communication.

All this support allows each child, whatever their needs, the opportunity to engage and enjoy their education.

The Pastoral Care Team ensure that all pupils’ well-being is constantly reviewed and developed, and that strong links are made between school and home.

Make an enquiry

Whether you are interested in your child attending our school or just want to know more information about our offer, contact our team.

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