All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.


 For Parent Information




As part of the reform of the planning system in Scotland, planning authorities are being urged to engage with all groups at the earliest opportunity in the preparation of the development plans for their areas. This communication is to raise your awareness of our intentions to start shortly on the preparation of the East Lothian Local Development Plan,


ELLDPone. This will be a new land-use plan that will eventually replace the existing East Lothian Local Plan 2008. Further details of the plan, how and when it will be prepared and how you will be able to get involved are included in the attached paper.


The main focus of our consultation will be later this year. At this stage we are simply letting you know of our intentions. However, we are quite happy for you to draw to our attention now any planning issues that you think need to be addressed in the new plan, including what aspirations you might have for the way the area might develop over the next ten years or so.


The attached paper gives details of contact addresses where you can submit comments or find out about progress on the East Lothian Local Development Plan.




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The Playground Equipment has arrived!

West Barns Parent Council are delighted that the playground equipment was installed over the summer holidays.  From the first day of term the children will benefit from the tremendous trim trail and the superb storytelling area.  Both will be a huge asset to the school and the pupils of West Barns.  The Parent Council will continue to fundraise to further improve the playground area, but in the meantime a huge thank you for all your support.


A special note of thanks to the Big Lottery FundScotplay, Fiona  and Helen  for making it happen!





Sports Day & Barbecue


The sun shone on West Barns on Friday and both events were a great success.  Sports Day included an interesting addition of a parents’ egg & spoon race!  The sale of refreshments raised £165 towards the Playground Fund.

A few hours later we were back on the playing fields!  The rain held off and we were able to enjoy the view, the company and the queue for burgers!!  A fantastic £210 was raised, which again will go towards the Playground Fund.

Thanks to everyone that helped in any way.  It was certainly a very busy day but a great day to be part of West Barns Primary School.

Have a great holiday and see you next year for some more fun events.

BBQ Update

As you will be aware West Barns Parent Council/School BBQ takes place on Friday. The signs are that the weather on Friday will be sunny and dry, so the BBQ will be taking place outdoors near the Nursery Area. In the unlikely event of rain on Friday we will still be holding the BBQ.

We thank Belhaven School for the generous use of their school charcoal BBQ. 

The Dunbar weather for Friday can be accessed here

Sports Day & Barbecue

Dear Parents & Carers of West Barns Primary

As you know and weather permitting the above fun filled events are due to be held on Friday 24th June.

Sports Day – The Parent Council will be selling teas and coffees, home baking as well as juice and crisps.  Your generous donations of home baking will be warmly received – you can bring them along on the day or hand them into the office on Thursday.  Please come along and cheer the pupils on.

BBQ – Proving to be a very popular event.  For a small fee you can enjoy burgers, sausages, strawberries and scones.  There will also be juices for the children.  This event is not licensed but you are welcome to bring your own. 

There will also be a raffle and again your generous donations are requested.  They can be handed into the office or brought along on the night.

Please come along and hopefully enjoy the sun!

If you wish to help at the BBQ please speak to any member of the Parent Council.

All monies raised will go towards West Barns Playground Fund.

Thank you


Fantastic Foodie Night

Thursday night certainly was a fantastic foodie night!  Despite the small number there, it really was a very enjoyable night and around £200 was raised towards the Playground Fund.  Thanks to Alex and George, Katie and Katriona for their support and contributions in making it happen and we hope to hold another foodie themed night sometime in the future.

Parma Ham Night

Remember to come along on Thursday 9th at 7.30pm for a fantastic foodie night. 

 The menu includes:

Parma Ham


Ports and Wines

Rock Lobster Chocolates & Jamie at Home & Black & Gold Oil

Yummy puddings & baking

Tea & Coffee

An international food quiz and raffle prizes.