Update 24 February 2023

Proposed Industrial Action 28 February and 1 March 2023
Parents Carers Strike Action 28 Feb and 1 March 23 (002)

East Lothian Works and Edinburgh College Courses – Industrial Action
In light of the widespread industrial action taking place on Tuesday 28th February ELC and  SCP courses will not run on campus on that day. Timetabled online classes will go ahead as normal. Where possible/appropriate, lecturers will upload learning materials to moodle or Microsoft Teams. Please advise pupils to check their e-mails and Teams accounts. Transport to cancel all transport and pupils should not attend courses on these days

We are aware that discussions are ongoing and will provide an update should the position change

School Review – Parents’/Carers’ Questionnaires

From the 13th to the 15th March, we will be working with East Lothian Council colleagues to carry out a range of self-evaluation activities around the themes of Safeguarding/Child Protection and Personalised Support.  To assist us with this, we would be extremely grateful if as many parents/carers as possible could complete the two surveys below.  They are very short and should only take 5 minutes to complete

Safeguarding and Child Protection https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGG8k61l0XLRL257NyqbJ-FVmOg1evKgvlC6nh68BucH02FA/viewform?usp=share_link

Personalised Support  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxnBcTQWp1D3CV-6WlcDjUOCrnvfGcvit8EkizDzcPzywZ5w/viewform?usp=share_link

This review will also include parent and carer focus groups.  If you would be interested in participating in one of these please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and we will be in touch.

Important Information Out this Week: 

Tracking and Monitoring for Senior Students
On Thursday 2 March  a Tracking & Monitoring Report will go out for S4/5/6 students into the Registration Folders. If they do not attend Registration then students should come to the school office to collect their report.

Course Choice Over the next few months, students in S2/3/4/5 will be making choices for their courses next session.  This process starts with information events for parents and carers.  These will be held online and sign up details will be shared over the coming weeks.  The dates of the last event is:

S2 Course Choice – 27th February 2023 (7pm – 8pm online)
S2 Parent Info Evening Letter

Please use  https://www.edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar/course-choice-information/    to view the most up to date Course Choice information.

Course Choice Information

School College Partnership, East Lothian Works, and Foundation Apprenticeship courses for next year.

Please see attached information for each.

A School College Partnership course is a course that runs on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Edinburgh College. East Lothian Council only provides transport for the ones that are in the document above. If there is another SCP course on the Edinburgh College website that you would like to apply to, you can, but you would need to make your own way there.  There are some SCP courses this year which are usually in high demand which have a different application process. These are:
Electrical Skills
Building Services Engineering
Hair & Beauty
Engineering Nat 5

If you are interested in any of these courses then you should see Mr Maxton as quickly as possible.

It’s also worth noting that other Edinburgh College SCP courses will be open for application until they are full. So if you are interested in one of these then you should see me ASAP. Particularly S4 and S5 as your course choice interviews are not until March. Edinburgh College also runs Foundation Apprenticeships. See Mr Maxton if you would like to do one of these courses. The applications for these courses are completed on the Edinburgh College website.

An East Lothian Works course is a course run by the employability arm of East Lothian Council on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Please see a list of them above. Please note that you should look at the Senior Phase courses. If you are interested in these please see Mr Maxton for more information or ask at your course choice interview.

East Lothian works also run 4 Foundation Apprenticeships. There is a Powerpoint attached above which explains them. Again please see Mr Maxton if you would like to apply for one or discuss at your Course Choice meeting.

If you have any questions regarding any of this please see Mr Maxton ASAP.

 Copy of SCP Course Offer School Doc (003).xlsx

 2022-2023 FA Presentation (002).pptx

 ELW 23 24 Course Booklet_.pdf

Study Club/Extra Curricular Booklet Lunch & Extra Curricular Study Clubs


The DGSC is a group comprising parents, the Headteacher, Deputy Head teacher and Teacher representatives, Pupil representatives, Local Councillors and Clerk. Meetings are open invitation and take place either in the school or online. See school emails for further information and consider attending to become involved with your school community. This is not a fundraising group. For further details e-mail: allison1314@gmail.com
Dunbar Grammar School Council 8th Feb 2023 meeting overview

Home Learning in Broad General Education (BGE) (S1 to S3)
Following consultation with students and parents and carers we have recently updated our policies in regards to home learning across the BGE.  Subject specific overviews are now available on our website which give detailed information on our approach to homework for S1-S3.  You can find this information by following the link below.

Getting in touch
We are really keen to chat to our parents and carers.  If you would like to discuss anything with a member of the Senior Leadership Team, we are happy to chat over the phone, via Google Meet or in person.  Please just email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and we will be in touch to arrange a meeting


Thursday – S4 (Coursing) in the Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton.  Please note that this will be extended by 10 mins

Friday – S4 (Coursing) in the Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton.  Please note that this will be extended by 10 mins

S6 Prom
The deadline for paying for the S6 Prom is Friday 31st March 2023 and this costs £60 and is payable through SchoolPay.  A suggested payment of £20 per month has been set up or the balance can be paid in full.

Cancer Research Concert Please see a forthcoming concert organised by one of our students.  Any students interested in performing should email Lauren below

Free and Friendly Singing Groups for P3 – P7 children NYCoS 2023 digital

Venturing Out Easter 2023 Activities for 8 – 14 year olds
Venturing Out – Easter 2023 PDF

Student Information Slides – 23-02-21 Plasma Info Sheet


      • EL Works Vacancy newsletter 24022023
      • Horticulture, Garden Design and Landscape Construction courses at Oatridge College Oatridge Taster Day Poster
      • Apprenticeship Opportunities February 2023 Apprentice and Career Opportunities
      • Apprenticeship Opportunities February 2023 SouthE Edin Opps
      • Equans at Dunbar are looking for an apprentice electrician – details on this link https://jobs.equans.co.uk/jobs/39714-apprentice-electrician/?src=JB-18882 and Forth Ports a mechanical engineering apprentice https://seemehired.com/jobs/forth-ports-group/9134/
      • To celebrate Scottish National Apprenticeship Week, on Thursday 9th March at 5pm-6:30pm we have a brilliant event that we will be hosting with FTSE 250 company Babcock International! This will be a virtual event meaning you can join from the comfort of your own home on your laptop or any compatible device.
        Babcock are an international aerospace and defence company operating in the UK (with a huge base in Scotland) and all over the world. Babcock are over 100+ years-old, have nearly 29,000 employees worldwide and have a reported revenue of nearly half a billion as of 2022! Babcock provides a range of products and service solutions to enhance their customers’ defence capabilities and critical assets.
        Babcock works on many projects that take on all different kinds of professionals all the way from project managers to chartered engineers, to naval architects and even data analysts! So as a school leaver (or graduate) this means that no matter what career option you decide to choose, you have a very good chance of being able to work for Babcock in the future.
        This insight evening will give both you (and your parents) the opportunity to learn more about their business and the graduate apprenticeships that they have to offer. Babcock has a range of apprenticeships across different locations and if you have an interest in business, engineering, science, or technology, then they could have a role for you.
        If you’d like to join this fantastic insight evening, please register through the link below!
        Application Link:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Babcock-Scotland


Other Information

How to apply or renew free school meals and school clothing grants


If you have any queries or having difficulty completing the form please email freeschoolmeals@eastlothian.gov.uk

If you would like information in your own language or format (e.g. Braille), please phone 01620 827199 or email publicinfo@eastlothian.gov.uk.

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

Don’t miss out: Education Maintenance Allowance
Young people aged between 16 and 19 who are currently in full-time education or undertaking an Activity Agreement may be entitled to a £30 per week payment.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a means-tested award providing financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning. It also applies to those who are in Home Education.
Students who turned 16 on or after 1 October 2022 can now apply:

    • Apply before 28 February 2023 to have the payments backdated to the start of January term
    • Apply before 31 March 2023 to receive the allowance during the current academic year. Please note that any applications received between 1 March and 31 March will not be backdated; payments will be made from the date the application is received
    • Applications received after 31 March will not be processed and EMA will not be paid.

Find out more and apply online at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ema

Senior Student Study Resources

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