Comrie Primary School

Dunning Primary School
Life at Dunning Primary School

August 2019 – March 2020


At Dunning Primary School, we endorse Perth and Kinross Council’s “Statement of Intent” which sets out the broad principles determining the ethos and nature of education to be delivered across the Council area. 

Our vision is of a caring and confident school community where children enjoy their learning and have a sense of purpose. There are equal opportunities for all, and individuals are valued, nurtured and supported.  In the pursuit of excellence everyone is encouraged to develop their full potential and to aspire to achieve the highest standards. Respect for others, and for self, is the core of our ethos. 



Our aim is to develop confident and responsible children

who are well prepared for lifelong learning and ready to take on challenges.




Dunning Primary takes forward a continuous programme of Self-Evaluation.

The School and our Quality Improvement Officer have evaluated key aspects of the work of the school at all stages. We evaluated pupils’ attainment and achievements, the effectiveness of the school, the environment for learning, the school’s process for self-evaluation and innovation, and our capacity for improvement. We examined pupils’ work, monitored classroom and school experiences and gained the views of groups of pupils, staff, members of the Parent Council, individual parents, groups of parents and visitors to the school.


The Evaluation Process has identified the following key strengths:

  • A very welcoming and inclusive ethos
  • Courteous, well-behaved and motivated pupils
  • High attainment in Numeracy and Literacy
  • Numerous and varied opportunities for pupils’ wider achievement
  • The Leadership and involvement of all staff, pupils, parents and the wider community in the life and work of the school


    1.3 Leadership of Change


    2.3 Learning, Teaching & Assessment


    3.1 Ensuring Wellbeing, Equality & Inclusion


    3.2 Raising Attainment & Achievement





Attendance remains very high and is above the National and PKC average. All unauthorised absences are due to family holidays. There have been 0 exclusions this session.


Attainment in Literacy

  • Almost all pupils in P1 (91%) are on track to achieve Early Level in Reading, Listening & Talking and Writing.
  • Almost all pupils in in P4 (91%) are on track to achieve or have achieved First Level in Reading, Listening & Talking and Writing.
  • Most pupils in P7 (81%) are on track to achieve or have achieved Second Level Reading and Writing and almost all (94%) in Listening & Talking.


Attainment in Numeracy

  • Almost all pupils in P1 (91%) are on track to achieve Early Level Numeracy.
  • Almost all pupils in P4 (91%) are on track to achieve or have achieved First Level Numeracy.
  • Most pupils in P7 (81%) are on track to achieve or have achieved Second Level Numeracy.


  • 22% of our pupils across the whole school have recorded Additional Support Needs. Almost all are making very good progress towards their predicted targets and planned outcomes.


  • Attainment over time has remained consistently above the National average. The trend of attainment over time has remained at a high level or increased for our current P7.


  • Almost all pupils have participated in at least one Extracurricular Club and most have attended more than one.


  • The overall quality of wellbeing, equality and inclusion is very good. Staff know the pupils well and are sensitive to their emotional, social and medical needs. There are  effective Child Protection and effective Additional Support Needs procedures in place.



The impact of the School’s developments results in almost all pupils being engaged effectively in their learning, maintained or increased levels of attainment and increasing levels of achievement.

The School encourages pupils’ wider achievements very effectively. Pupils have participated in and achieved success in a broad range of endeavours, including sporting, cultural and enterprising activities, in and out of school. Pupil Achievement is planned for, recorded and celebrated through our POWA (Programme of Wider Achievement).

The school’s ‘Gold SportsScotland Award’ status reflects the achievements of the school in supporting the pupils’ Health & Well-Being.




The impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown understandably impacted on the progress made by the school community as our focus was diverted to Home Learning in March 2020.

The School did however make good progress prior to the school closures towards achieving the outcomes detailed in our 2019 – 2020 School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the improvements made have had a positive effect on pupils’ experiences and outcomes.


The priorities were to:


  • Focus on Effective Feedback to raise pupil Attainment in Reading, Writing and Numeracy (Very good progress)
    • In Reading and Writing, Pupil attainment has been maintained at 91% in P1 and has been raised by 11% in P4 and 10% in P7.
    • In Numeracy, Pupil attainment has been raised by 9% in P1, 16% in P4 and 4% in P7.


  1. Continue to improve Wellbeing, Equality and Inclusion (Good progress)
    • Staff have participated in a number of training activities to develop knowledge, understanding and skill in supporting pupils with additional support needs.
    • Support and input for pupils and staff from a variety of agencies has been integrated in to daily practice with mostly positive effects.


  • Create Pathways in all Curricular Areas to ensure appropriate challenge and progression through Curriculum for Excellence Levels (Satisfactory progress)
    • Some progress has been made, however this target will be continued through session 2020-21


Staff, parents and pupils had opportunities to be involved in the production of this Quality & Standards report through evaluating the quality of our provision and in identifying improvement priorities.


We all show a strong commitment to taking our identified priorities forward.

The school has many strengths and is well placed to build on the existing high standards.





  1. The Main Focus for 2020/21 will be on Recovery Planning in order to:
    • support a blended approach to Home and School Learning
    • support the Health & Wellbeing of pupils, staff and families


  1. Continue to create Pathways in all Curricular Areas to ensure appropriate challenge and progression through Curriculum for Excellence Levels.



Our 2020-2021 School Improvement Plan will be available on request in August and also will be available on our school website.


Headteacher: Mrs Danielle McPhee

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Twitter: @DunningPS

Tel: 01764661350