General News

Published: 19 January 2018

There was an element of disappointment on Tuesday and Wednesday that Haddington wasn’t the ‘beneficiary’ of a heavy snow fall. I had visions of our pupils making snow men, discussing the myriad snowflake patterns, recognising that no two snowflakes are the same, and exploring the impact of snow and ice on the environment. Read more here...Meadowpark Newsletter 19.01.18

Published: 16 January 2018

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?
Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.

How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?
Please visit the East Lothian Council website to check your eligibility and download an application form.

Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.

Published: 16 January 2018

The next fundraising activity for the Knox Academy PTA is our annual Burns' Supper - a very enjoyable evening!

This will take place on Thursday 25 January 2018, 7-10 pm in the Food Court at Knox Academy.

Wine, Beer and soft drinks will also be available on the night,

Tickets are £10 (Adult) and £5 (Child) and along with any further information, can be obtained from Mrs Ball via the School Office 01620 823387,

Published: 12 January 2018

Happy New Year. The holidays are beginning to feel like a long time ago now and much as they were needed there is some sense of comfort with being back into a routine.
Most pupils and staff  have come back refreshed and ready for the new more here Meadowpark Newsletter 12.01.18

Published: 10 January 2018

This year we celebrate Haddington. 2018 will mark 700 years since the Bruce Charter – the oldest document in East Lothian Archives. While we know Haddington had already been a burgh for almost 200 years we are using the anniversary of the charter to bring together a whole host of events. Celebrating all aspects of history, culture and community we aim to make it a year to remember.

Learn more about the project and the charter and see how you can help make Haddington ‘buzz’ in 2018.

Information about the Opening Day on Saturday 20 January 2018 is now available.

Published: 10 January 2018

The next Parent Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 17 January at 6.15 pm, in the school Library. All parents and carers are very welcome to attend. One of the main topics of discussion will be the Scottish Government's 'Empowering Schools' consultation.

Published: 27 December 2017

Listen again to the Christmas Concert which was held on Tuesday 19 December 2017 in the concerts section of our website.  Previous concerts are also accessible on their individual pages.

Thanks to Laura Harrison, Abby Hickman and Rebecca Mackenzie for filming the Christmas Concert 2017.


Published: 22 December 2017

Well we have finally made it to the end of term and I know that it has been a bit of a struggle at times but by all pulling together as a team – staff and pupils - we have celebrated the good times and supported each other through the challenges... read more here...Meadowpark Newsletter 22.12.17

Published: 22 December 2017

In a recent Head Teacher’s Update, I shared with parents and carers our proposal to shorten the lunch break and finish school earlier. Thank you to everyone who sent me their thoughts on the proposal. As is often the case with change, there were mixed views.  We also discussed the proposal with our Parent Council and asked all pupils for their views via registration classes.

Taking account of the feedback, we have decided to pilot a change in the timing of the school day for the five weeks from Monday 8 January to the February break. The lunch break will be 45 minutes long and the school day will finish ten minutes earlier. Timings for registration to period 4, and for Friday, remain unchanged. Below are the timings for the school day during the pilot, Monday to Thursday.

  • Registration  8.44am – 8.56am
  • Period 1  8.56am – 9.55am
  • Period 2  9.55am – 10.53am
  • Interval   10.53am – 11.09am
  • Period 3  11.09am – 12.08pm
  • Period 4  12.08pm – 1.07pm
  • Lunch   1.07 pm – 1.52pm 
  • Period 5   1.52pm – 2.51pm
  • Period 6  2.51pm – 3.50pm

Please take particular note that school will finish at 3.50 pm. For pupils who travel home on a school bus, the Prentice buses will leave school five minutes earlier than they do at present, at 4.00 pm. For senior pupils who are sitting benchmark assessments during the pilot, the start time of afternoon assessments will be adjusted accordingly. 

Having a lunch break of 45 minutes would bring us in line with the other five secondary schools in the authority. The timing of their lunch break is as follows:

  • 3 schools: 45 minutes lunch break
  • 2 schools: 45 minutes first bell; second bell five minutes later, by which time pupils are settled in class and ready to begin learning.

Head teachers of the other schools report that 45 minutes gives pupils adequate time to buy and eat their lunch, even for those who choose to go out of school. All schools offer a variety of lunchtime clubs and activities and manage to fit these in to the 45 minutes comfortably. For example, most of our music instructors work in other schools in the authority as well as Knox, so they are used to the 45 minute timing.

Pupils told us that, generally, they like the earlier finish as it gives them more time after school for extra-curricular activities and they can get home earlier. Some also said that they get bored towards the end of the long lunch break. Pupils have three main concerns about a shorter lunch break: less time to buy and eat lunch; less time for clubs and activities; and those getting buses would have a longer wait at the end of the day. The experience of pupils and staff in the other five secondary schools in the authority indicates that, with a 45 minute lunch break, pupils do have time to buy and eat lunch (even for pupils in those schools situated further from local shops than Knox) and lunchtime activities still run successfully. Regarding buses, the school buses will be leaving five minutes earlier; pupils getting a service bus can wait in the Food Court if they wish.

As I outlined in a recent Head Teacher’s Update, East Lothian is currently exploring the option of having a common school day for the six secondary schools. If this is put in place, the lunch break is likely to be 45 minutes. This pilot enables Knox Academy to see how we can work within...

Published: 21 December 2017

We are pleased to publish the benchmarking assessment timetable for January 2018.  Please note that if a subject or level is not listed it is likely that this subject has chosen to do their assessment in class time outwith the benchmarking period, please see you teacher for details.

For a small number of pupils there may be instances where assessments clash.  If this is the case please see Mr Illingworth to make alternative arrangements.

It is important to note that benchmarking assessments are primarily about assessing progress and identifying areas for development during the final few months of the course, as well as giving you some practice and experience in an exam setting.   Benchmarking performance is only taken in to account regarding your final grade if there is an issue at the final exam, illness for instance.  Please do not feel unduly anxious about them, just try your hardest and prepare well.