Update 14 October 2022

Phone Issues

We are currently experiencing issues with our telephone systems.  Please contact the school through the email boxes as follows:-

Absence/Appointments – attendance@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk – please report absence before 0900

Pupil Support – pupilsupport@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

General Queries – admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Or send an SMS through our Groupcall system on 07860 049053

End of term

I would just like to wish all of our students and their families a happy and healthy October break and we look forward to welcoming our students back on Wednesday 26th October.

Important Letters/information out this week:

  • S1 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening –                                                Wednesday 26th October     5:00 pm – 7:30pm  This year we are returning to in person parent and carer evenings and we are particularly delighted to welcome our S1 parents and carers into the school after the October break.  The booking system for this event went live on Monday  3rd October with detailed instructions and booking links sent to your child’s Edubuzz account.  S1 – Parent Consultation Letter OCT22
  • S2 Activities Week Experience 2023 launch  Please see the attached letter which has been emailed to S2 parents/carers.  The Activities Week is aimed at developing relationships between students as well as providing an educational experience and focussing on fun.  All S2 students are expected to participate  2023 S2 Activities Week Letter (002)

School Photographs

S1, S4 and S6 students had their photographs taken on Wednesday.  S1 & S4 should have received the proofs to take home for ordering online.  S6 students also had a group photo taken and they will receive the proofs for their individual and group photograph for ordering online after the October holidays.

For S1 and S4 students, the closing date for free delivery back to school is Wednesday 2nd November 2022.  Order through the Tempest website using your unique link or visit www.tempest-orders.co.uk

If you need any assistance in ordering your photos, feel free to contact Tempest on 01736 751555 (option 3).


SQA Appeals

We are aware that a number of students are eagerly awaiting the outcome of their non-priority appeals, the SQA has released an update today to inform us that the outcome of appeals will be issued to schools on Monday 31 October 2022. Certificates will be posted to learners from Friday 11 November 2022.  School leavers will be contacted by telephone using the contact information we held at the time of their leaving school.  All other students will be informed of their outcomes in school and we will issue further details about how this will be undertaken in due course

Annual Data Forms

Annual Data Forms have been sent home, please complete them and return to school as soon as possible.

Calling All Parents – S3 Careers Awareness Day 2022

Dunbar Grammar School are hosting an S3 Careers Awareness Day on Tuesday 22nd November 2022 from 9.30 am till 1 pm.

We would be delighted to have some parents within our school community involved.

Could you inspire our young people by sharing your career journey, a typical workday, education requirements, details of any apprenticeships/training schemes your organization offers and more?

This is an opportunity for our students to speak with someone whose career choice interests them and to explore areas they may not have considered before. The format of the day will be a carousel – informal chats with small groups of students round a table.  We would appreciate your willingness to support and be involved in this event.  If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with Mrs Lancaster via the school email or contact the school office


Stars of The Week 

Staff – Becky Fox (Music)

Nomination said ‘Becky was a tremendous support for Lauren Kerr’s fundraiser and has been a huge motivation and support to Lauren. She supported Lauren and the young musicians throughout the night and demonstrated the welcoming and inclusive whole school community. She really went above and beyond and the evening ran so smoothly due to Becky’s leadership and support.’

Becky– you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!

Students – Aisla Gerlings  S4 (Effort)

Aisla has been working so hard out of lessons to make sure that she is achieving her best in Maths. She is regularly asking great questions and building a deep understanding of topics. I’m really looking forward to seeing this pay off in her results.


Wednesday 26th – S4 in Assembly Hall

Thursday 27th – S1 in Games Hall

S4 Work Experience

S4 work experience will be taking place over 2 weeks in November. 4C1,2,3 & 4 will be going out for a week beginning the 7th of November and 4C5,6,7& 8 will be going out for a week beginning the 14th of November. All pupils have been issued with log in details in PSE this week. Over the course of the next few weeks they will be planning what placement is best for them. We encourage pupils to find placements at companies that they have a genuine interest in so that they get the most from it. There is an expectation that all pupils go out on work experience as it is an important part of the curriculum for preparing them for life post school.

Pupils who have found a self- found placement should send this link to the employer once they have agreed to take them. https://tinyurl.com/Eastlothianworkplacement

Community Arts Consultation

To assist with future planning, East Lothian Council Arts Service and The Brunton Theatre Trust are carrying out a consultation into East Lothian residents’ views about participatory arts activities at The Brunton in Musselburgh and also out in the community, across East Lothian. This consultation is taking place in order to get residents’ views and to make sure activities respond to identified interests and needs.

Individuals and groups are being encouraged to complete a survey accessed on East Lothian Council’s consultation portal, linked to here https://bit.ly/ArtsViews .

Hard copies of the survey are available to pick up in East Lothian libraries and from The Brunton box office counter. The survey will be available to complete until 10 December.

The results of the consultation will be used to develop plans for arts activities going forward.


In response to young people sharing with us their concerns and questions about the cost crisis, along with a desire to play their part in supporting households during this time, we’ve launched a dedicated information hub to support young people.

We want to ensure that we’re providing services and information to young people that are relevant to them. Our new survey is an opportunity for young people to tell us how we can best support them during this challenging time.

This survey is open to all young people aged 11-25 across Scotland. All their responses will be completely anonymous and we encourage young people to be as honest as possible. Young Scot Members can redeem 150 Rewards Points at the end of the survey. Once young people redeem their points they will also be entered into our prize draw to win one of ten £25 Love2Shop vouchers!

October Holiday Fun – Scottish Seabird Centre – Seabird_October_Activties_A3_v5

For the science shows, tickets are FREE for kids and £2.50 for accompanying adults, and the tickets for the RSNO event are free of charge.  Tickets for all our live shows can be booked via our website: www.seabird.org/events

Student Information Slides 22-10-11 Plasma Info Sheet

Clubs and Study Support Information

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) applications are now open.  Information and Guidance Notes are available on the website www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ema


Other Information


Senior Student Study Resources


Contacting teachers/Queries

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