Update 22nd September 2017

Education Maintenance Allowance

An EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance)  is a weekly payment of £30 paid directly to eligible students who are continuing in post-compulsory education (i.e. beyond the age of 16). Summer leavers (those born between 1st March 1998 & 30th September 2001) will now have received a pack inviting them to submit their application. We need to receive the completed application into our office by 30th September – any awards received after this date will not be backdated to the start of term.

Winter leavers, remaining at school who will be eligible for an award from January, will be sent an application form directly by the team in late November. If you need an application form, these are available from the EMA department (emas@eastlothian.gov.uk) or online www.eastlothian.gov.uk/emas

S2 Activities Week

We launched our S2 Activities Week 2018 this morning at assembly.  Students were given letters to take home with details, including a payment plan: S2 Activities Week Letter.  Returns are due back on Monday 9th October.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Robertson at the school.

Duke of Edinburgh – Your School Needs You!

Due to the increase in our DofE numbers this year, we are keen to put together a pool of adults willing to help out with training and  expeditions.  No formal qualifications are required, however, a PVG check would need to be completed, paid for by the DofE team.  Therefore, if you are able to accompany our lovely students on an expedition through the beautiful Scottish countryside, we would be delighted to add you to the team.  For more information, please contact G Williams or J King at the school.

London Trip

A group of 30 senior Modern Studies and Politics students enjoyed three days in London this week. It was a fantastic experience for all involved and it was a privilege for the teachers to spend time with such an engaged and well behaved group of students. The trip included a tour of Parliament and the opportunity to attend two court cases in action in The Old Bailey. Additionally, they were hosted by two successful former DGS students, Dot Cownie and Andrew Miller. Dot, Global Head of HR with Allianz, welcomed us to the top floor of the company, overlooking the Shard! Students heard talks from senior employees on Brexit and an inspirational talk by Dot herself on career advice.  Andrew Miller, then invited us on a brilliant tour of The Foreign Office in Whitehall and discussed the work he does there. This included a very special up-close look across to No. 10 Downing Street. Andrew said afterwards “I am impressed with the visiting students: engaged, intelligent, and impeccably behaved. It was a real pleasure to host them all.”

Students were entertained at the excellent musical ‘Matilda’ and had the chance to visit London’s most exclusive shops. All the staff on the trip, Ms Illingworth, Mr Martin and Mrs Fell, have commented on the exemplary behaviour and attitude displayed by our students over the three days. A wonderful experience and time was had by all and sincere thanks to parents and carers for their support throughout.

European Day of Languages

We are celebrating the European Day of Languages on Tuesday with a range of quizzes about Europe and its languages.

If you use or have used languages in your career, or know someone who has, who might be interested in telling us about it, we’d like to hear from you.  Please contact Miss Fallon via the school email.

The ML Faculty



Seasons for Growth is a peer support, educational programme which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people coping with significant loss and change in their lives, usually as a result of death, separation or divorce. Marie Prior, Enhanced Support Officer, is a trained “Companion” and offers this programme to Dunbar Grammar School students. If you think that your young person could benefit from this programme, please encourage them to speak to their Guidance Teacher or to Marie Prior. Further information is available at: www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk

Raising Teens with Confidence Course

Please see the attached for more information on the above course:

Show My Homework

Show My Homework is now up and running for students and parent/carers. Please contact the office with any queries.

Pretty Mudder Success

Two of Dunbar Grammar’s S2 girls took part in the 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge on Saturday, 19th September, in Edinburgh and have raised £600.   They were Alex Blair and Katie McLeman.  Well done girls!




School of Rugby Update

U16 Cup Result 14/9/17

  • DGS 78 – Queen Anne 5

Fixtures this weekend 23/9/17

  • DGS vs Linlithgow
  • S1, S2 & U15 home
  • U16, U18 away

U16 Cup Fixture 3rd Round 27/9/17

  • DGS vs Dollar Academy @ Hallhill 1530 KO

Lost Property

The lost property collected to date will be recycled after the October break.  Please phone the office if you would like to come in to arrange a time to look for any missing property.


Dates for Your Diary

Environmental Science Trip Fri 22 – Sun 24 Sep
Scottish Studies Trip Tues 26 Sep
Mock Court Case Wed 27 Sep/4 & 11 Oct
DofE Bronze 2 Thurs 28 – Fri 29 Sep
AH English Library Visit Fri 29 Sep
AH Biology PCR workshop Wed 4 Oct
Higher English Theatre Visit Thurs 5 Oct
S4 “True to Life” exhibition visit Thurs 5 Oct
Silver/Gold DofE Fri 6 –Tues 10 Oct
Kite Runner Theatre Trip Mon 9 Oct

Please also see Information Sheets for our most up-to-date Information Sheet including updates on lunchtime and after-school clubs and:

  • House Points Update
  • Investment 2020