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Dunning Primary School

Standards and Quality Report


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, our Quality Improvement Officer, Education & Children’s Services and Education Scotland (March 2015) have inspected 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 (including the pupil council), staff, members of the Parent Council, individual parents and groups of parents.


The Evaluation Process has identified the following key strengths:

  • A very welcoming and inclusive ethos
  • Courteous, very well-behaved and motivated pupils
  • A strong Pupil Voice
  • High quality learning experiences
  • High attainment in Numeracy, Literacy and Health & Wellbeing
  • Numerous and varied opportunities for pupils’ wider achievement
  • The involvement of parents and the wider community in the life and work of the school
  • The leadership and commitment shown by the Head Teacher and principal Teacher, and the support provided by all our conscientious and supportive staff


Attainment in Literacy

  • All pupils in P1 are secure in Early Level Reading, Writing and Listening & Talking
  • Almost all pupils in P4 (93%) are secure in First Level in Reading and Writing. All are secure in Early Level Listening & Talking.
  • Most pupils in P7 (83%) are secure in Second Level Reading and Writing. Pupils with Additional Support Needs in P7 (17%) are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.  All pupils in P7 are secure in Second Level Listening & Talking.

Attainment in Numeracy

  • All pupils in P1 are secure in Early Level Numeracy
  • Almost all pupils in P4 (93%) are secure in First Level Numeracy
  • Almost all pupils in P7 (92%) are secure in Second Level Numeracy


  • 20% of our school roll has pupils with recorded Additional Support Needs. All are making very good progress towards their predicted targets and planned outcomes.
  • Attainment over time has remained consistently well above average. The trend of attainment over time has remained at a high level or increased for our current P7.
  • 96% of pupils have participated in at least one Afterschool Club, with most attending more.
  • Attendance remains very high and is above the National average. All unauthorised absences are due to family holidays.
  • There have been 0 exclusions this session


Significant Parental Support has increased the range and number of opportunities available. Many thanks to everyone involved for their time, effort and support.

The school's "Health Promoting School", "Green Eco Flag" and "Gold SportsScotland Award" status reflect the achievements of the school in ensuring the pupils Health & Well-Being.

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


The School has made very good progress in achieving the outcomes detailed in our 2016 - 2017 School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the improvements made have had a positive effect on pupils experiences.

In accordance with a Curriculum for Excellence:

  • Our Carousel Initiative has ensured appropriate progression and challenge across all school stages in a number of curricular areas.
  • Our Reporting Pilot has increased pupil and parent awareness of pupils effort and progress across Literacy, Numeracy & Health & Wellbeing and is increasing pupil attainment.
  • Our Programme of Wider Achievement (POWA) provides opportunities to ensure that pupils achievements are well planned and progress is recorded and celebrated. The programme is being currently evaluated and suggestions for improvement incorporated for session 2017/18.
  • Assessment for Excellence results (online summative assessments) have provided high quality evidence (used in conjunction with formative assessments and teacher judgements) to inform school decisions, target resources and staff more effectively and a robust method of measuring and reporting progress of pupil attainment and achievement and the impact of new developments.


Staff, parents and pupils had the opportunity 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.


    Raising Attainment and Achievement by:

    • Effective Learning & Teaching
      • Reading analysing & evaluating texts
      • Quality Learning Conversations based around our newly developed Interim Reports and Reporting
    • Progressive, motivating & challenging Learning & Teaching (Carousel & Collegiate Planning)
    • Planning, recording & celebrating Wider Achievement (POWA)


    Our 2017-18 School Improvement Plan will be available on request in August.

    Headteacher: Mrs Danielle McPhee

    General Email:

    Parent Email:


    Twitter: @DunningPS  

    Tel: 01764661350 Fax: 01764684663