Update 20 March 2020

Dear parent/carer

Please see attached a letter from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education):

I never thought I’d ever be writing such an update.  I know, like all staff here, you will be shocked by the situation we all find ourselves in.  However, although the school building will be closed, we will continue as a school community.  We are absolutely all in this together. I am immensely proud to be the head teacher of such an amazing school and we will continue to be a caring community which supports each other and together we will RISE through this situation.

Regarding SQA exams, please know that there is vast amounts of work going on both in school and out of school at the highest level to ensure that students are not at a disadvantage come the end of this.  I have met with all Senior Students who were in school today and a copy of my presentation can be found here:  Senior SQA Update  Please note that student assessment has taken place throughout the year and estimates will not be based solely on prelims.   Senior students will continue to work via google classroom and teachers will be setting and assessing work over the coming weeks.  A rigorous quality assurance process of all estimates will be carried out. We will be following SQA guidance and a copy of estimates which are submitted will be posted to all students.

The school may be open to small numbers of students to finish off SQA assessments, but at this stage I am not in a position to give any further information on this.  As it stands, please assume the school will be closed to all students from this afternoon.  Should this change in any way we will be in contact with the small number of students directly.

To the parents of those students that plan to leave us in S4, 5 and of course our S6s, I am so, so sorry that we end your time as part of the Dunbar Grammar community in such a way.  We will be looking at rescheduling our leavers events as soon as possible. Please know that I, along with all staff here, wish your child good luck in all their future endeavours and please know that we will always be here if you need us.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

On Monday I will send out comprehensive information around arrangements for online learning.  It is important that all students have access to IT at home.  Should this not be the case, please do get in touch with the school and we will try and help with this.

We are also in a position to provide sanitary products should you need them, having been gifted a significant amount recently for us in school.  I believe these are now in short supply in shops.  These have been offered to students over the past few days.

I have included a document that may help in supporting your child through this difficult time.

Please do take care and get in touch if we can help in any way.

Best wishes to all

Claire Slowther, Head Teacher

Free School Meals

Free school meals will be available from Monday 23 March for all children who are in receipt of free milk or clothing grants.  These will be served from the 6 children’s hubs from 11.30am until  12.30pm:

  • Dunbar Primary School (John Muir Campus),
  • St Mary’s Primary School/Haddington Primary School (infants building),
  • Law Primary School, North Berwick,
  • Preston Tower Primary School (infants building), Prestonpans,
  • Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent;
  • Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, Musselburgh

Information to Key Workers

Medication in School

Medication has been handed back to students today, where possible. Any medication not collected will be kept in the school office until the school reopens.

Senior Phase Google Classroom Codes (S4-S6)

Parent and Student quick guide to Google Classroom:

The following document has all Senior Phase Google Classroom codes.  If a student is absent from school, they should check the classrooms for each of their subjects to allow them to catch up on missed work.

Links to On-line Learning Resources (S1-S3)

 Maths and Numeracy

Mathematics (all levels) – https://corbettmaths.com



Level 3 work: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zy4qn39

Level 4 work: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zvk2fg8

Modern Languages – We have posted information and resources on ShowMyHomework for you to access here:


Health and Well-being

PE – Follow the link to Joe Wicks workouts and select one to complete (would be good to start with a beginners workout and progress from there)


The PE dept want to see as many pupils as possible doing a number of workouts (if you are able) Please share a quick clip or picture and tag @DGSSPORT on Instagram or Twitter to let us know how you have got on.

Home Economics – Follow the link to the step by step guide on how to create a delicious Easter Cake.

Please share a picture of your decorated Easter Cake(s) and tag @DGS Home Ec to let us see your finished work.


Religious and Moral Education – Follow the link to the BBC Ethics page

Select a moral issue and research about this specific issue. Create a poster, leaflet or slide relating to this issue.



Computing – Follow the links below

S3 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcc8mp3 – revise

S2 – https://scratch.mit.edu/ – work through tutorials &

https://idea.org.uk/ – create with edubuzz account

S1 – https://makecode.microbit.org/

Business Studies – BBC Bitesize for S3 only


The Idea Awards – concentrate on entrepreneur badges first. For s2 and S3.



Students can access a range of 3rd and 4th level resources on BBC BiteSize found here:


Social Subjects

Information and resources for all social subjects has been added to Show My Homework, found here:


Support for Learning & PSE

Resources for PSE are available to students from S1 to S3, these can be accessed by logging into their Google Classroom. Codes are also available on the school website.

Additional Support for Learning – Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently. Each activity has a range of accessibility and difficulty options.

There are touch typing games, memory and matching, time and money, literacy and number.  Good for all students.


Duke of Edinburgh Announcements

Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards’ Evening

  • Thursday 2nd of April
  • This event is being postponed.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (Third Year Group) 

  • Following advice from the Authority training and expeditions are being postponed.

Silver Duke of Edinburgh (Fourth Year Group)

  • Following advice from the Authority training and expeditions are being postponed.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh (Sixth Year Group)

  • Following advice from the Authority training and expeditions are being postponed.
  • We will look to ensure groups are able to move forward to complete their assessed expeditions at an appropriate time.

Sections of the Award

  • Further advice on the Volunteering, Skills and Physical Recreation sections will be added to the Duke of Edinburgh website in due course.
  • There will be advice on changing sections to activities which meet the government advice on social distancing and safety.