August 2021

Published: 27 August 2021

It has been great to visit classes this week and speak to young people in all year groups. They seem to have got in to the groove very quickly, and our new S1s, apart from a few navigation problems getting to the odd class, have too. Well done to all! It is fantastic to have everyone back.


The following staff started with us in August:

  • Laura Bates – Teacher of Biology
  • Dionne Hogg – Pupil Support Worker
  • Ally Fairbairn – ASN Auxiliary
  • Katherine Balsillie – Teacher of ASN (Meadowpark)
  • Warwick Wilson – Teacher of ASN (Meadowpark)

Change to School Term Dates

Following consultation, the Christmas holidays dates have been revised. We will now break on Friday 17 December and resume on Wednesday 5 January.  The summer term will also finish a day later now, on Friday 1 July 2022. Full details of the term dates are available here.


Please report all positive cases to or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921. Please do not send pupils to school who have symptoms. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test and not return to school until they know this is negative and they have no symptoms.

LFD testing – Thank you to those pupils who have consented to take part in this programme of testing twice weekly and reporting these results online. Again, if positive LFD test is given, please self-isolate and book a PCR test.  If you wish to sign up for LFD testing please complete the online consent form.  LFD test kits can be picked up by pupils first thing in the morning or at reception any time during the school day.

Flu Vaccination – Tuesday 21 September 2021

Consent forms have now been given out to all year groups. NHS recommends all young people take up the flu vaccination for the following reasons: The flu vaccine will reduce the risk of your child getting or spreading flu to friends and family who are at greater risk from flu and coronavirus, such as grandparents or people with health conditions.

  • From academic year 2021/22, the flu vaccine is available to all primary and secondary school pupils.
  • Nasal flu vaccine will be provided for most pupils.
  • Please note that for the very few pupils who require the flu vaccine injection for clinical or religious reasons, the Community Vaccination Team will provide injections in school, on the day of the school session.
  • Community Vaccination Team (CVT) clinics will be offered to children who cannot receive for clinical reasons, are home-schooled or who miss their session date.
  • Please fill in the consent form that your child brought home and return the completed form to the school ASAP!

Extra-curricular Activities (Active Schools)

You can sign your young person up to Extra Curricular Activities here.  We have Girls Fitness, Netball and Basketball all starting next week. We look forward to seeing everyone getting active.

If anyone has any issues signing up to classes please get in contact with Thomas Salkeld at 

Parent/Carer Survey – Cycling Friendly School Status Award – August 2021

At Knox Academy, we have been working hard to achieve our Cycle Friendly School Status Award with Cycling Scotland. As part of our application, we need to create a School Travel Plan which includes information from parents and carers. We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete this very short Travel to School Survey to support our efforts. Thank you.

Dates for you diary (please also see the School Calendar for overview and updates):

Tuesday 7 September - Parent Council Meeting (online)   6.30-8pm (online)

If you wish to join our Parent Council Meeting it would be great to have you along (especially our new S1 parents/carers).  To join, please email our Chair of the Parent Council:


Thank you to many of our new S1 parents/carers who are now following us on Twitter. This is the best place to get instant news from the school so I would highly recommend this. If you have still to give us your email address, which we use as our first source of communication with parents/carers, please do so by emailing . Thank you.

Enjoy the weekend and remember, Haddington Farmers Market is on this weekend so good to support our local producers if you can.

Sue Cook

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Published: 20 August 2021

It has been great to welcome back all of our S2-S6 pupils and our new S1s and get that real buzz back in the school. All of our young people look so smart in their school uniform and with that gives a real sense of ‘community’ and proudness of being a Knox Academy pupil.  Having visited classes this week it is heart-warming to see highly motivated pupils who are engaging very well in their learning and keen to achieve their best from day one.  Pupils are always very tired after their first week at school so in some ways it had been good it is short week for them. It always takes a few weeks for them to adjust to the early mornings, long days and having to learn in up to seven different subjects a day. However they soon get back in to the routine of this and cope amazingly well!  It is also great that we have been able to come back fulltime this session as along with being in classes, they are able to see their friends at school and have that socialisation back in their lives that they missed so much over the last eighteen months. Our study sessions and extra-curricular clubs will also be starting soon so please encourage your young people to join these to learn new skills and meet new friends across year groups.

Three letters were sent home to parents/carers recently but just in case you did not receive these for any reason they are: Return to Knox Academy 18 August 2021 (detailing health and safety protocols); East Lothian Council’s welcome back letter to parents/carers and Covid-19 LFD testing.

Our main method of communication is email, so if you have not provided us with your email address please do so by emailing detailing your name, address and the names of your young person and their year group. This will ensure you do not miss out on any mailshots or important information.  Thank you.

SQA Results 2021

Well done to all of our senior school pupils in their SQA results, in what was a very challenging year. As you can see from the data below, Knox Academy’s results compared admirably against the National SQA results, and were notably higher at N5 and H levels.

A-C attainment rate for N5 - 91.5% (national attainment rate – 85.8%)

A-C attainment at Higher - 90.7% (national – 87.3%)

A-C at Advanced Higher – 89.5% (national 90.2%)

Our new S4 should continue to work hard to ensure they build upon this year’s S4 results and they achieve their potential. The results achieved by our S4 and S5 pupils are a great foundation to build upon for their Highers and Highers/Advanced Highers this session. Our AH results, although marginally lower than the National picture, still show a very strong performance from our S6 pupils – many who are now about to embark on courses at University or College.

Faculties have a review of their SQA attainment data in June and have now taken account of their areas of strength and areas for development within this data and implementing any changes which have an impact on our courses, the teaching of them and our young people’s attainment. Please have a look at our School Improvement Plan which has a focus on teaching for excellence, raising attainment and inclusion.

SQA Update – Important Information for S4/S5/S6 parents, carers and pupils

On Wednesday 18 August SQA set out the key detail on plans for assessment of National Qualifications in 2021-22. This follows confirmation from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills that exams will be held for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses. 

The Cabinet Secretary has informed parliament that, 'The central planning assumption is that an examination diet for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses will be held in session 2021-2022. This decision has been informed by the views of stakeholders, including the National Qualifications Group, and by public health advice.’

SQA exams will take place from 26 April to 1 June 2022 with results day on 9 August 2022.  

Awards Ceremony – Date for your diary

Due to Covid-19 restrictions our awards ceremony will be a virtual ceremony this year and will be shown on the evening of Thursday 30 September.  All young people who have achieved an award in last year’s S1-S6 will receive a letter home in the next week or so.  Filming for the awards will take place in our Assembly Hall over the coming weeks and we aim to have House Group winners together (S1-S3 and S4-S6) to do the filming and so we can celebrate their successes together, albeit in smaller groups.

Music Instruction

Following the announcement that the Scottish Government will provide councils with funding to cover instrumental music tuition during the forthcoming academic year, we can now confirm that we will remove the parental contribution to fees for the 21/22 school session. This will mean that there will be no cost to parents/carers for instrumental music tuition during the next school session, 21/22.

Extra-curricular Activities (Active Schools)

You can sign your young person up for active school classes here. You will find a range of outdoor and indoor activities. We look forward to seeing our pupils getting involved in our clubs and getting active.

Please note: The start dates for indoor classes are not until after the 1st September due to guidelines. If anyone has any issues signing up to classes please get in contact with Thomas Salkeld at

NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland recommends all school age children receive their flu vaccine this year. This is for three reasons;

1 Flu can be serious, even for healthy children.

2 To reduce the risk of children spreading flu to family and friends.

3 To help prevent the flu virus putting extra strain on our NHS Services this winter.

The vaccine is given at school as a painless nasal (nose) spray by the local NHS Vaccination team on Tuesday 22nd of September. Strict infection measures will remain in place during the vaccination process. The vaccine will be offered to all pupils who wish to receive it, teachers and support school staff as well.

Further information can be found on flu for parents and carers to access. In addition to this, an information leaflet aimed at secondary school pupils is available. 

Pupil Updates

Ross Blackford (S4) has been chosen by Chess Scotland to participate in an international online chess tournament this week for under 16s.  Ross is enjoying the challenge of playing lots of talented players. We wish him well in all his games.

Dates for you diary (please also see the School Calendar for overview and updates):

Tuesday 7 September - Parent Council Meeting (online)   6.30-8pm

If you wish to join our Parent Council Meeting it would be great to have you along (especially our new S1 parents/carers).  To join, please email our Chair of the Parent Council:

Enjoy the weekend

Sue Cook

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