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Duns Primary School
Langtongate, TD11 3AG, UK Duns
+44 (0)1361 883797

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The 5-14 Curriculum

The 5-14 Curriculum was introduced in 1991. It covers the entire primary age range and the first two years of secondary school. It is described in a series of documents which were published by the then Scottish Office Education Department. It describes what is to be taught, how it is to be taught and how pupil attainment will be assessed.

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For more information about the 5-14 Curriculum visit the 5-14 Online website.


A Curriculum for Excellence (ACE)

The 5-14 Curriculum is currently being reviewed and will be replaced with a Curriculum for Excellence. It sets out to:

  • Reduce overcrowding in the curriculum.
  • Make learning more enjoyable.
  • Make better connections between the stages in the curriculum from 3 to 18.
  • Achieve a better balance between 'academic' and 'vocational' subjects.
  • Broaden the range of learning experiences for young people.
  • Equip young people with the skills they need now and in future employment.
  • Make sure that approaches to assessment and certification support learning.
  • Offer more choice to meet the needs of individual young people

"A Curriculum for Excellence' sets out the Scottish Executive's vision for transforming Scottish education by 2007. It seeks to establish the values, purposes and principles of education in Scotland for children between the ages of 3 and 18."

From the ACE website

"Our aspiration is to enable all children to develop their capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society." 

From A Curriculum for Excellence: The Curriculum Review Group' (2004).

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Quality Improvement

Each year the school lays out its development plans in the School Improvement Plan. This takes into account school priorities, Scottish Borders Council priorities and national priorities. Any parent is welcome to comment on the plan and to contribute any suggestions for improvements. This can be done by contacting any member of the School Board. The plan is produced during May and June each year.

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In September of each year a Standards and Quality report is produced. This summarises progress during the previous session and reports back on the outcomes of the previous year's improvement plan.

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Please note that the arrangements for School Improvement Planning and Standards and Quality reporting will be changed this year. A single document incorporating both reports will be produced by the end of June.


What does FAQ stand for?
It is a Frequently Asked Question!
What do Q and A stand for?
 A They stand for Question and Answer!!!
When are the school holidays?
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Should I tell my child to "hit back" if he/she is being picked on?
No, because one child's wrongdoing does not justify misbehaviour by another. Everyone remains responsible for their own actions whatever the circumstances. Any serious incidents where your child is being mistreated by another child or children should be reported to the class teacher or a member of the senior staff. If you do tell your child to hit back, then he/she should also know that he/she will also be at fault.
Am I entitled to a place for my child(ren) at Duns PS if we live outside the school's catchment area?
Yes. There is a simple form called a Placing Request form which you will need to complete. These are available at school. However, Scottish Borders Council is entitled to refuse a place if this "incurs additional expenditure" eg by requiring the employment of an additional teacher because of the addition to the school roll. You will also be responsible for transporting your child to and from school.

The following four questions were raised in the Questionnaire completed by parents in March 2003.

What provision is there for foreign languages at school ?
Children are taught French in Primaries 6 and 7. This is done in consultation with Berwickshire High School so they pick up where they left off when they transfer to secondary.
What musical tuition is available?
Children are able to apply for tuition in brass and stringed instruments when they reach Primary 5. Only a small number of children can be included so there usually needs to be a selection process. An annual charge is made for musical instruction. Full details are provided when children reach P 5.
How are class numbers and class personnel decided?

Class numbers are decided on the basis of national agreements. The details are as follows:

Maximum Number
P 1-3
P 4-7
Mixed stages (Composite)

Staffing levels are set in June although additional staffing may be provided if the school roll has grown by August when the new session starts. If the roll grows during the year then the school may have to refuse entry to children (even those within the catchment area) in line with Scottish Borders Council's Admissions Policy.

Where deployment of staff is concerned there is no fixed policy and each year is decided according to the circumstances. Teaching staff are able to ask if they can teach a particular stage but it is not always possible to offer this. Staff are generally deployed according to their experience and preference.

Is there a chess club?
Not at the moment. Extra-Curricular clubs and activities are voluntary and whatever is on offer at any one time depends on whether members of staff have time to offer these. One unfortunate change in teachers' contractual obligations is an increase in workload and the need to have regular meetings after school. This reduces the time (and energy!) available to offer extra-curricular clubs. Details about any clubs on offer will be circulated to the relevant children.


09.00 start of school day
09.00 - 10.40 1st morning session
10.40 - 10.55 morning interval
10.55 - 12.30 2nd morning session
12.30 - 13.30
13.30 - 15.15 afternoon session
15.15 P 1-7 end of day

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School meals are cooked on the premises. A traditional meals system operates guaranteeing a balanced diet. Menus operate on a 4 weekly cycle and are distributed to all parents from time to time. A vegetarian choice is always offered.

Children pay for meals on a daily basis and the current cost is Ł1.55. Application forms for pupils who may be eligible for free meals are available at the school.

Children can also choose to bring a packed lunch.

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In general, children should be cleanly and respectably dressed. The current school uniform is:

  • boys: dark coloured trousers, navy polo shirt, red sweatshirt

  • girls: dark coloured skirt or trousers, navy polo shirt, red sweatshirt

The school has a detailed policy on School Uniform which is available to any parent on request.

Buying School Uniform

Polo shirts and sweatshirts, both of which carry the school logo are only available from the school. Although uniform can be ordered at any time, we only place orders 3 or 4 times each session so it may be some time before an order is supplied. We do carry a small stock so it may be possible to provide a uniform right away.

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