General News

Published: 20 February 2019

Candidates sitting Higher Administration & IT have known about this date (provisionally) for several months, but it can now be confirmed that they will sit their 2-hour practical assignment on Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 1.30 pm.

Full attendance is essential as the SQA collect these for marking soon after this time.

It is expected that candidates will spend considerable time after-school within the Business Education Department before this date for additional support on their practical work to maximise opportunities for marks.  The assignment is worth 70 marks, with the theory exam in May being worth 50 marks.


Published: 14 February 2019

National 5 and Higher Computing Science Candidates have their Assignment coming up shortly (see below). This should be taken seriously - there are strict time limits and rules - and contributes to the Final Course Award. 

Original details of both Assignment dates were issued in November. Please note that the date for the start of the National 5 Assignment has changed.

Published: 08 February 2019

The East Lothian Council Education Service Local Improvement Plan for 2018/19 outlines how we aspire to be an Education Service that provides the best opportunities and outcomes for our children and young people across the County, as a result making us the best Education Service in Scotland. The Plan provides clear direction on how we will do this. We aim to achieve these goals through the actions outlined for the Education Service, our schools and our partner organisations.

As we see more and more expectations placed upon our schools than ever before to address the poverty related attainment gap, we have to ensure that our partner organisations across the county support the Education Service and our schools to achieve this goal.

The most important role of this document will be to provide our schools and early learning and childcare centres with a framework to support their work. Therefore, we all have a shared understanding of the actions that we have to take to ensure that we meet the outcomes for our children and young people and the way that we will measure success. As outlined in the Standards and Quality Report 2017-18 through the self-evaluation activities we know we have many strengths in our schools across the County that we can share and we also know where improvement is required.

The Education Service Local Improvement Plan will help us to deliver on the collective commitment that we have made to “believe, achieve, strive for excellence and care for all” through the actions that we take in our schools and services.

Published: 08 February 2019

It has been a delight to witness some of our young people making fairly momentous strides this week and achieving personal goals and aspirations.

For one this has meant being in school, fresh and ready to learn on Monday morning which can often herald a challenge for him from getting up and being ready for the taxi, to actively participating in activities. Of course this is not unlike many of us but is further exacerbated by his autism. We chatted together yesterday and I had a sense of personal success that he has managed in school all week, actively engaging with his peers and coping with changes in staffing.

Another pupil has been following a new approach to his learning, using signs and symbols, carefully considered boundaries and engaging positively with staff. In spite of a language barrier and some attachment issues he has settled very quickly and we have seen his personality shine through. Read more here...Newsletter 08.02.19

Published: 08 February 2019

In 2018, Police Scotland launched their first dedicated Facebook page for young people along with re-designing their digital platforms to ensure information is available when they need it.

At the heart of the design was the voice of young people from throughout Scotland and we used their views to provide information to promote better life choices and help keep them safe.

But did they get it right?

Police Scotland is once again calling on the young people of Scotland to review these resources to ensure we have the appropriate material and platforms.  This will guarantee we improve communication methods, ensuring our information is available and relevant to a modern society in the new and ever changing digital age.

You can access both platforms here:

and a very short survey is available via Survey Monkey to give your thoughts on them.  This is open to young people aged up to 19 years old as well as parents, professionals, etc to provide general comments based on their experience.  Share with friends, family, neighbours – pretty much anybody who will benefit from how Police communicate with young people and what information is available for them.

The survey is open until 31 MARCH 2019 and the feedback will help shape future changes.

Published: 02 February 2019

Knox Academy is pleased to invite applications for the following vacancy:

Closing Date: Sunday 10 February 2019

All current and previous vacancies can be viewed within our Recruitment section of our website.

Published: 01 February 2019

It feels natural to continue the theme of planets this week as the night sky has been so clear and in the early morning at 0600 when I am walking my dog on the beach I have been able to see the waning crescent moon and Saturn (the bringer of old age), Venus (the bringer of peace) and Jupiter (the bringer of jollity).

Pupils staff and I had fun on Tuesday when I took the German Masterclass and the theme was animals. I found a useful and amusing video that explained how some of the animal names are put together: Hund – dog, Seehund – sea dog = seal; Fisch – fish, Tintenfisch – ink fish =  squid. But my favourite was Schnecke – snail and Nacktschnecke – naked snail = slug J All pupils responded very well to my lack of expertise and Mr Gilmour chuckled on his return and explained that he was going to teach domestic animals! It’s a perpetual learning curve for me! Read more here...Newsletter 01.02.19

Published: 30 January 2019

As part of the Parental Engagement Strategy 2017-2020, this Parental Engagement Survey is to gather valuable information from parents.

This survey will be open for completion until Friday 22 February 2019.  Parents only need to complete one survey if they have multiple children at Knox Academy, but need to complete more than one survey for children at different schools.  The survey results will be collated and shared with the Head Teacher and Chair of the Parent Council to support and inform parental engagement with the school in the future.

Thank-you for your time in filling in your responses to the survey.

Published: 28 January 2019

The Course Choice Booklet for S4 pupils moving into S5 and S5 pupils moving into S6 is now available.

Published: 25 January 2019

Newsletter 25.01.19Gustav Holst’s The Planets Suite was utterly delightful last Sunday at Dynamic Earth and being able to switch off from the outside world in warmth and comfort was just what was needed to conclude the end of a weekend and mental preparation for the week ahead. Sometimes we need to re-configure our routines and approach new experiences with an open mind and an open heart.

I have aimed to provide learning opportunities for staff over the last few months by inviting speakers, trainers and members of the extended school staff to our monthly meeting and on Tuesday Gordon Craig and Jennifer Jones were in to teach us a little bit about the My World of Work website, and we all participated in the Animal Me quiz . Read more here ...Newsletter 25.01.19