Update 25th May 2018

Scottish National Standardised Assessment (SNSA)

The National Improvement Framework has been put in place to provide better information about how children and young people are progressing and how well schools, councils and the Scottish Government are supporting their learning.

All students in P1, P4, P7 and S3 are required to take part in this process covering aspects of reading, writing and numeracy. Our S3s will be completing this process over the next few weeks. Teachers will receive detailed feedback enabling them to concentrate on areas requiring more focus. Please remind your son/daughter that this is not a test and will have no impact on classes at Dunbar Grammar School.

Expansion Update

To view updated photographs, please click here: Expansion Page

S3 Ceremony

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the S3 Ceremony will now take place in June. A date will be confirmed shortly.

S1 Full Reports

On Thursday 24th May, full reports were issued to all S1.  Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

Activities Week

Many thanks to all concerned with the organisation and running of our very successful Activities Week programme. Students from S1 and S2 were involved in a variety of activities, with S1 following a home programme and S2 going on various day trips to Edinburgh and East Lothian. Students were very positive about their experiences as were members of staff. S3 students embarked on the 16th Pals experience to the Battlefields. Four coaches left Dunbar to retrace the footsteps of the Dunbar Pals Brigade heading for the Battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France. Students had a fantastic experience and did themselves and their communities proud with many members of the public commenting on how well they were behaved. Everybody returned to Dunbar exhausted, but with the songs of the First World War still ringing in their ears!

Little and Large Competition

Now in its 12th year, the aim of the contest is to promote links between secondary and primary pupils.  The idea is to experience the joy of cooking as well as developing valuable life skills. It also aims to raise awareness of healthy eating in a fun way.

On Thursday 10th May 24 pupils took part in the Dunbar Grammar School heats for the competition. Eight teams battled it out and the winning one was S3 student Lewis Bell and 2 pupils from Innerwick primary.

Their dishes were presented to a panel of judges including Ms Drummond, newly retired Home Economics Teacher and Mr Robertson, Depute Head at Dunbar Grammar. They were both impressed by the range of skills the students demonstrated, including teamwork and resilience.

All participants received a certificate and a wooden spoon, and as Ms Drummond said: “it is not the wooden spoon as they mean it in rugby! This is your first own wooden spoon that you are encouraged to use to continue cooking”.

The competition was organised and run thanks to the Home Economics Department at Dunbar Grammar School.

The winning team went on to represent the Dunbar cluster at Musselburgh Grammar on 24th May. After a closely fought final, the successful team was Musselburgh Grammar and its cluster with Dunbar receiving very positive feedback regarding their teamwork, organisation and final product. Well done to all concerned!

SQA Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service

This SQA service supports candidates who have been unable to attend an externally assessed timetabled examination, or whose performance in an externally assessed timetabled examination may have been fundamentally affected as a result of an incident beyond their control. The service exists to support only those candidates who have suffered an exceptional circumstance, such as bereavement or a medical condition. If a student is unwell on the day of an examination and cannot attend, a note from the Doctor must be obtained and the school informed immediately.  It is always recommended that a candidate sits the examination where possible. Sitting the examination does not exclude the candidate from having an exceptional circumstances request submitted on their behalf.

If you believe that your son/daughter is eligible for this service, please contact Mr Offer on the school number ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM.  If you have any question or queries, please contact Mr Offer.

Assemblies for Next Week

  • Monday – no assembly
  • Tuesday – no assembly
  • Wednesday – S1 Assembly Hall
  • Thursday – S2 Assembly Hall
  • Friday – S3 Assembly Hall



Dates for Your Diary

Please note that Monday 28th May is a normal school day.

Bronze DofE Trip1 Thurs 31st May – Fri 1st June
Change of Timetable Tues 5th June
New S5 Induction day Tues 5th June
New S6 Induction day Wed 6th June
P7 Parents’ Evening Wed 6th June
Silver/Gold DofE Trip Fri 8th June – Tues 12th June
Dunbar Mile & Relays Wed 13th June
County Sports Thurs 14th June

S5/S6 Induction Day and New Timetable

Tuesday 5th June and Wednesday 6th June mark the official end of examination leave and are Induction Days for the new S5 and S6 students respectively.   Students have been given letters:

During these days students will be given information about their new timetable and will be required to sign a school contract, which identifies our expectations of them, and expectations they have of us.  Students will also have the opportunity to apply for prefect positions, and in the case of S6 students, to apply for the senior prefect posts of Head and Depute Head Boy and Girl.  S6 students will also be required to identify what they will be doing for their Wider Experience, which is a compulsory part of the S6 curriculum.  Again, students will be encouraged to apply for the volunteer awards (Saltire Awards) for all S6 students who successfully complete their service.

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
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival Trip
  • Bake Off Competition
  • Dunbar Civic Week
  • Healthcare Opportunity