Update 9 June 2023

Important Information Out this Week: 

Change to House System for August

Please see the attached letter emailed out this week detailing changes to our House system House changes from August Parent letter

Ties in August

Your young person can continue to wear their old tie in school without question.  During the first week of the new term in August, we will also have a tie exchange in school where students will be able to swap their House ties.

If they would like to eventually replace their tie with a brand new one this can be ordered via Borders embroideries ( https://www.border-embroideries.co.uk/ ).

P7 Transition

We enjoyed welcoming our new S1 cohort for their first transition day today. On Monday and Tuesday students will be following their S1 timetable. A reminder that students should bring their smartcards to allow them to purchase lunch in the Bistro.  Smartcards can be topped up on the Bistro using the machine or via SchoolPay.

A copy of our uniform policy can be found here https://www.edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar/school-uniform/

Uniform orders can be placed through https://www.border-embroideries.co.uk/schools/dunbar-grammar-school.html    Please note that all orders should be placed by 9 July for guaranteed delivery before the start of term.

2023 Sports Awards – Thursday 22nd June

If your young person has sporting achievements out of school then please contact the school with the details and any photographs before end of May in order for them to be included in the ceremony


Due to unforeseen but significant circumstances, the DGSC meeting scheduled for 8th June 2023 (with a focus on mobile phone policy review) had to be postponed. This has been rescheduled for Wednesday 21st June from 7pm – 8.30pm in school. If you would like to attend this meeting please email parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk in advance, to allow us to accommodate numbers.

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 e-mails for further information and consider attending to become involved with your school community. This is not a fundraising group.


This month’s meeting was focused on a very engaged discussion around the DGS School Improvement plan.

Firstly, the Teachers’ Representative reviewed a busy Activities week, P7-S1 transition events, and the welcome return of the S3 Battlefields trip; with five coach loads of S3 pupils and accompanying staff having a highly successful expedition. The Headteacher’s report included a recruitment overview and incorporated a parent-initiated discussion about possible future use of DGSA funds. Chair’s Items included the call for a new Chair (or co-Chairs) for 2023-4, developing advice for senior students planning University, and Area Partnership funding opportunities.

This month’s focus topic was “Feedback to inform School Improvement Plan” with an overview from Mrs Slowther, followed by a very productive and interactive Q&A session, seeking parental input on prioritisation and approaches to matters including the work of the Guidance team; structural reorganisation; promoting the Student Voice; pupil support, differentiation & extension opportunities; consistency and signposting in online resources; roles and opportunities for senior pupils, and future curriculum review/expansion.

Further details can be found in the formal meeting minutes.

Please see DGSC Minutes /parent-council-dgsc/.
For further details e-mail: parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Student Information Slides  – 23-06-06 Plasma Info Sheet

What to do if you are worried about a young person

If you have any safeguarding or child protection concerns about any young person please contact one of the Designated Members of Staff (DMS) for Child Protection.
DGS Child Protection Poster

Active Schools

We have had another great year for our Sports Clubs here at DGS with us over 400 pupils participating in sport and  participating in fixtures regionally and nationally. We have ran 25 Sports Clubs at lunchtime and after school ranging from Table Tennis to Golf! To do this we need volunteers and we are lucky we have a great staff willing to help along with club coaches.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help with our Sports Clubs next year and would like to hear from those out there that would be interested. In return we can pay for any coach education/ officiating/first aid courses you wish to attend along with coaches kit. If you think this is something you want to do or would like more info please contact our Active Schools Coordinator Scott Marnoch smarnoch@elcschool.org.uk

Sporting Opportunity

Ever thought of a career in the world of Sporting Events!? Well DGS S4-S6 pupils can have that chance.

Active Schools East Lothian have teamed up with Golf Futures who are running a workshop along with the European Golf Tour to offer pupils the chance to see the many careers needed to run a prestigious sporting event.

Whether you are looking at a career in sport, catering, sales, technology and many more this workshop will give you the chance to see many careers come together to put on a major sporting event.

The workshop takes place on the Tuesday 11th July and then the pupils will have the chance to experience a behind the scenes look at the Scottish Golf Open at the Renaissance golf club.

If you are interested in this please contact our Active School Coordinator Scott Marnoch smarnoch@elcschool.org.uk for more details.

Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme

Transport Scotland is conducting an evaluation of the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme, with a survey available for parents/carers of children aged 5-23, and young people themselves aged 12-23.  Feedback is being sought from both those with experience of using the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel, and those that do not use it in order to find out why.

The survey seeks to understand use of the scheme and any benefits or challenges that have been experienced since its introduction. It should take about 10 minutes to complete, and there is the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win up to £250 in One4All vouchers.

The survey can be accessed here: https://online1.snapsurveys.com/Yr1-YPFreeBusTravel

The closing date for all responses is 9th July 2023.

Dunbar Civic Week – starts 10th June

Dunbar Civic Week starts on 10th June with a Parade and Fun Day followed by lots of activities during the week.

Programme :Programme 2023 is here! – Dunbar Civic Week

Tickets for various events: Tickets – Dunbar Civic Week



Career Opportunities

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