Update 25 August 2023

Tie Exchange

As we navigate the transition into our new Registration classes we will continue to adopt a relaxed approach to ties.  It is not a problem for students to wear the incorrect tie for their house. However we are planning to operate a tie exchange program for any student who may wish to exchange their tie for their new house.

We will collect in ties each break time during the week beginning 28th August. Students should report to the desk located near the front office to hand in their tie.  We will endeavour to hand out replacement ties throughout the week beginning 4th September.

At this stage we do not know what the demand will be for this service so ask that students bear with us while we organise the redistribution of ties.

Active Schools

Active Schools Surfing and Wakeboarding goes live to book on 1st September at 6.00pm. To book your place use link below:
All our other DGS Sports Clubs are up and running, to book your child’s place at a club use link below:
For any questions on this please email our Active School Coordinator Scott Marnoch smarnnoch@elcschool.org.uk

Any pupils looking to enter the Scottish Schools Athletics Road Race on the 4th October please see Mr Marnoch in PE before the 7th September.

S1 Parents : P7 Group Photograph

If you ordered a Group photography at Dunbar Primary School last term, please ask  your person to come to the school office at the end of the school day to collect it

Assembly – in Assembly Hall

Assemblies next week will be led by Mr Offer
Monday – S1
Tuesday – S2
Wednesday – S3
They will all take place in the Assembly Hall

Student Information Sheets
23-08-22 Plasma Info Sheet

SQA Results and Appeals

The SQA has a free appeals service for learners or their representatives to request a review of their marking.  The appeals service is different to last years’ service, alternative assessment evidence will not be considered as part of any appeal.  Instead, learners can request a marking review of the materials that were submitted to SQA for marking if the result is unexpected and they believe that an error may have occurred with either the totalling of marks or the marking, and this has resulted in the wrong grade being awarded.  Appeals can be prioritised if the learner has a conditional place at university or college, or for training or employment that depends on their grade.

It is important to note that grades can go up or stay the same or go down as the result of an appeal, therefore the learner must give their consent before any requests are submitted by the school.   All appeals must be submitted via Learner Direct by 29th August 2023.

The Learner Direct portal can be accessed directly from the SQA website from Tuesday 8th August.


If you have any enquiries about the appeals process please contact us at: sqaconcerns@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

What to do if your young person is unwell

If your young person is unwell and cannot attend school please email attendance@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or call 01368 863339 or text 07860 049053.  It is important that you give a reason for the absence.

If your young person feels unwell throughout the day, they should report to the main office and Mrs Gillespie our Student Welfare Assistant will support them. If we feel that they are too unwell to be in school, a member of the office staff will contact you.  Please ensure your contact details are up to date.

Dunbar Grammar School Council

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.

The next meeting will be in September, date to be confirmed.

Free school meals and school clothing grants


If you are unable to complete online application forms please ask for a paper application at the school office. If you have any queries or having difficulty completing the form please email freeschoolmeals@eastlothian.gov.uk


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Community Information

Connecting Dunbar to Tranent
AECOM has been commissioned by East Lothian Council to provide technical support on proposals to deliver a high quality and inclusive active travel corridor between Dunbar and Tranent; further details are available on the project website: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/dunbar-to-tranent
As part of initial work, we are keen to receive comments from stakeholders to understand problems and opportunities related to walking, wheeling, cycling, public transport and placemaking along the study corridor.
Online Survey, which can be accessed at the following link: https://online1.snapsurveys.com/Dunbar-To-Tranent
The survey will be available until 11:59pm on Friday 15th September 2023.
Pop-up events will also be held at the following locations and times:

  • Haddington: Square in front of Corn Exchange, Tuesday 29th August, 12pm to 4pm
  • East Linton: The Mart, Thursday 31st August, 12pm to 4pm
  • Tranent: High Street near Jackie Crookston Statue, Tuesday 5th September, 12pm to 4pm:
  • Dunbar: Corner of High Street and Silver Street, Thursday 7th September, 12pm to 4pm

The study team will be in attendance and members of the public and stakeholders are invited to drop by at any time during these hours and share their thoughts on transport related problems and opportunities on the study corridor.     Please note that there will be a second round of engagement, which is programmed to take place in the autumn; this will focus on potential proposals.

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

Contacting teachers/Queries
Please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or pupilsupport@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

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 email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and we will be in touch to arrange a meeting

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