Musselburgh Burgh Primary School



Musselburgh Burgh Primary School was built in 1964 as a merger between the original Burgh School and Fisherrow School. The ground floor of the building houses two classrooms, Nurture Room, large Assembly Hall with Stage, Dining Hall, Gym Hall, Nursery, Meeting Room and several offices. Ten further classrooms, a Library and Support for Learning room are located in the two-storey block. The TU in the playground serves as a general-purpose area with many functions including a cooking base, therapy room and music room for instrumental specialists and will be developed to become a family and community room.  The Burgh is situated in Musselburgh town centre and has a very mixed catchment area, from the large, privately owned properties in Inveresk Village to a high number of council flats. Currently, almost 50% of our pupils live in properties located in SIMD deciles 3 and below and the school benefits from the allocation of significant Pupil Equity Funding. This funding has been utilised to develop a Nurture approach across the school, including a Nurture base staffed by a Nursery Nurse and ASN. We have also targeted support towards closing the poverty-related attainment gap through the employment of an additional Support for Learning Teacher. The school roll continues to increase and there are currently 315 pupils from P1 to P7 in addition to the Nursery which includes capacity for both full and part-time places.  We have twelve mainstream classes this session with composite groupings at P2/3, P3/4, P5/6 and P6/7. There is a full-time Headteacher and Depute Headteacher. The Management Team also consists of three Principal Teachers who share responsibility with the HT and DHT for the Early, First and Second Level teams. At the Burgh, we are committed to working together as a whole team to deliver the values, purposes and principles of Curriculum for Excellence. We work in partnership with our families and the wider community to ensure that we deliver the best educational experience that we can for all of our pupils.

VISION STATEMENT:        ‘Everything is Possible’
VALUES: At Musselburgh Burgh Primary School we will promote opportunities for everyone to become:

  • successful learners
  • confident individuals
  • responsible citizens
  • effective contributors


  • To make the school a welcoming happy place for everyone; to encourage respect for our school environment and to foster and develop links with parents and the local and wider community
  • To raise attainment by employing a range of strategies to enhance and extend pupils’ learning, including maximising the impact of Pupil Equity Funding to close the gap for our identified vulnerable children.  
  • To promote consistent high-quality learning and teaching.
  • To promote a sense of individual worth in all members of the school community.
  • To create a culture that is positive, safe, caring and aspirational and where everyone is treated with respect.
  • To offer an educational experience appropriate to the needs of individuals that will raise standards for all by embedding current guidance and making effective use of all available data.
  • To ensure that all staff have access to positive development opportunities.

National Priorities (NIF)

In line with the National Improvement Framework, school improvement priorities should clearly articulate with the following 4 key priorities in session 2018/19:

  • Improve attainment, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Close the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children
  • Improve children and young people’s health and well-being 
  • Improve employability skills and sustained, positive destinations for all young people (DYW 3 to 18)

Local Priorities

East Lothian Council Plan 2017-2022

Reducing inequalities within and across communities

  • Implement the recommendations within the Poverty Commission Action Plan

Growing our Economy

  • Reduce unemployment and improve employability

Growing our People

  • Reduce the attainment gap and raise the attainment and achievement of our children and young people and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable people   in society

Growing our Communities

  • Extend community engagement and decision making and increase community and individual resilience

Growing our Capacity

  • Deliver excellent services as effectively and efficiently as possible within our limited resources

East Lothian Education Service Improvement Plan

  • Improve inclusion, wellbeing and equality
  • Improve attendance and reduce exclusions
  • Raise attainment and achievement, particularly the lowest 20%, LAC and ASN
  • Improve positive destinations, particularly the lowest 20%, LAC and ASN
  • Improve the % of schools and early learning and childcare settings evaluated as good or better across the NIF quality indicators

School Priorities

Based on your self-evaluation of the following HGIOS4? and equivalent HGIOELC? QIs to include actions towards addressing the areas for improvement identified:

  • 1.3 Leadership of change
  • 2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment
  • 3.1 Inclusion, equality and wellbeing
  • 3.2 Raising attainment and achievement

Note:  Include reference to the actions and approaches being taken forward to improve the effectiveness of moderation of teacher judgement of CfE levels in Literacy and Numeracy and to raising attainment.

Note:    Include actions identified from the SEE survey and employee engagement survey.

Priority: Literacy
National Priorities:Improve attainment, particularly in Literacy and NumeracyLocal Priorities:Growing our People
Raise attainment and achievement, particularly the lowest 20%, LAC and ASN
School Priorities:2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment
3.2 Raising attainment and achievement
Writing:Monitor the implementation of new writing trackers in class ensuring appropriate pace and challenge for all learners and analysing the impact on attainment;

Update Burgh Writing Policy to ensure consistency across all levels.

Early Phonics & Spelling:

Update Burgh spelling programme from First to Second Level in line with national best practice and EL Literacy and English frameworks;
Introduce a Grammar progression from Early to Second Level;

Continue to develop the use of AR to monitor attainment in Reading;

Implement the use of Read, Write Inc as a Sfl tool to improve attainment in Reading and Phonics.

Implement a new reading assessment framework to ensure appropriate pace and challenge for all learners and analyse the impact on attainment.
Ongoing – June 2020

October 2019

December 2019

June 2020

Ongoing- June 2020

September 2019

October 2019
WritingNew writing trackers will be used successfully in classes and will be evidenced by a shared understanding within a level and improved attainment 
An updated writing policy will be shared with staff and piloted this session 

Early Phonics and Spelling
New spelling programme will be in place for consultation in January 2020. A pilot study will be carried out in test classes with a view to implementation in session 2020/21.
New Grammar progression and criteria will be in line with EL frameworks to ensure consistency in quality and informed professional judgement of achievement of a level

Available data will indicate and evidence improved reading attainment by the majority of pupils throughout the school. Staff to receive further training in the use of AR reports to enhance pupil performance
Infant staff and SLT to be trained on RWI. Resources for RWI to be purchased and used as a small group intervention tool
Reading Framework in place for start of session 2020-21
Reading Assessment Framework will be in line with EL frameworks to ensure consistency in quality and informed professional judgement of achievement of a level
Engage in Reading moderation within level and across levels for all staff.

Literacy Learning Team:
Amy Hainey,
Natalie Copland,