Comrie Primary School

Dunning Primary School
Life at Dunning Primary School

August 2020 – June 2021


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
  • 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






With a second lockdown, on-going restrictions and resultant changes to the school and curriculum, this year has a been a year like no other. Despite these very challenging circumstances, the school community has adapted extremely well. Staff, Pupils and Parents have demonstrated great resilience and perseverance through this disrupted year and evidently worked extremely hard, particularly during the 10-week period of remote learning after Christmas and subsequent return to school. A huge thank you and well done to All!


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%) have achieved Early Level in Reading, Listening & Talking and Writing.
  • Most pupils in in P4 (86%) have achieved First Level in Reading and Writing and almost all (93%) in Listening & Talking
  • Almost all pupils in P7 (94%) have achieved Second Level Reading and Writing and all (100%) in Listening & Talking.


Attainment in Numeracy

  • Almost all pupils in P1 (91%) have achieved Early Level Numeracy.
    • Most pupils in P4 (79%) have achieved First Level Numeracy.
  • Almost all pupils in P7 (94%) have achieved Second Level Numeracy.



  • 21% 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 for our current P7.


  •  The overall quality of wellbeing, equality and inclusion is 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 in ‘normal times’ very effectively. Pupils normally participate in and achieve success in a broad range of endeavours, including sporting, cultural and enterprising activities, in and out of school. Pupil Achievement is normally planned for, recorded and celebrated through our POWA (Programme of Wider Achievement).

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

    Lots of different learning and achievement opportunities were shared online and staff and pupils were able to maintain connections through live chats on Teams during Remote Learning.





    Ongoing restrictions and the impact of the second Covid-19 Lockdown understandably impacted on the progress made by the school community as our focus was diverted to planning, delivering and supporting Remote Learning in January 2021.

    The School therefore made more limited progress than planned towards achieving the outcomes detailed in our 2020 – 2021 School Improvement Plan (SIP).

    However, the improvements that have been progressed, have had a positive effect on pupils’ experiences and outcomes. For example, ensuring equity of access to IT resources to support Remote Learning. A substantial donation from the Parent Council, Dunning School Funds and Government funding allowed the school to issue iPads to all who met the criteria and/or requested one. This resulted in almost all pupils engaging very effectively with Remote Learning and being extremely well supported by staff and parents.

    On return to in-school learning, our focus was on Recovery, particularly in Health & Wellbeing, Literacy and Numeracy. Almost all pupils settled back into school very well and appropriate support was on hand for those requiring additional support. Evidence gained through both formative and summative assessments showed progress in Literacy and Numeracy was maintained.




    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.






 In session 2021/22 we will be focussing on:

  • Ensuring children are included, engaged and involved, continuing to promote positive relationships and behaviour and supporting children’s wellbeing.
  • Raising attainment in Literacy and Numeracy.





Our 2021-2022 School Improvement Plan will be available on request in August and will also be available on our school website.





Headteacher: Mrs Danielle McPhee


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Twitter: @DunningPS


Tel: 01764661350