December 2015

Published: 22 December 2015

Listen again to the Christmas Concert which was held on Wednesday 16 December 2015.

To listen and view the videos (in High Definition) please click here.


Published: 17 December 2015

S3 pupils will start thinking about their work placement which this session will take place from June 6th - June 10th 2016.  You should noet that this is immediately after Activites Week and immediately before the start of S4, so it will be a very busy time for parents and pupils!

You can find out all you need to know by hovering over the School Info tab on the Knox home page and clicking on "Work Experience" at the bottom of the list.

Any questions, please contact Miss Easson, or the FAQ document on the web site.

Published: 16 December 2015

This term the social subjects have been involved in many activities, showing the wide range of opportunities that these subjects offer to pupils throughout their time at Knox Academy. The vast range of interdisciplinary learning and skills that pupils acquire within these subjects is invaluable to their progress within school and in the future. Here are a list of some of the exciting trips and projects pupils have been working on within the social subjects leading up to Christmas.

Business and Admininstration

Coca Cola Real Business Challenge - The S2’s have been working hard on the ‘Coca Cola Real Business Challenge’ this term which involves students from S2 forming a company and developing a new sustainable healthy juice brand. The overall winners were Jungle Juice from 2G1 which included Tom Wilson, Jamie Gilkison, Finn Samuel, Jonathan Carruthers, Dylan Glass, Sarah Turner and Rosie Greenshields. Their entry has been sent into Coca Cola, well done!

Pantomime Trip - This month Mr Dempster has been busy organising a whole school trip for anyone that wished to attend to Edinburgh, to see this year’s King’s Theatre pantomime, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.

Musselburgh Grammar School Link - Lastly, 4th years have been involved in linking and communicating with Musselburgh Grammar school. They have written to Miss Weir’s S3 class and so far have responded to customer complaints and designed registration forms and posters for a swimming gala. They look forward to further cooperation with them after the New Year.


Haddington Urban Fieldtrip - Within geography, S4 pupils attended the National 3, 4 and 5 urban fieldtrip into Haddington. Pupils carried out traffic counts, pedestrian surveys, questionnaires and fieldsketches to assist them with their added value unit. 
Edinburgh Urban Fieldtrip - The Highers participated in an urban fieldtrip to Edinburgh to look at the Central Business District in Princes Street and the Royal Mile. They then took a trip down to Leith to study the Inner City. Pupils carried out traffic counts, pedestrian surveys amongst other techniques.

Kindroggan Fieldtrip and John Gray Centrre - Advanced Highers have been busy as well, taking part in a 3 day fieldtrip to Kindroggan. Pupils carried out physical fieldwork which included soil sampling and studying the river. Pupils then analysed the data back in the classroom. Miss Jeffrey recently organised a trip to the John Gray Centre to help them increase their research skills, which will benefit them in their further education after school.


S3 Trenches – Pupils in S3 have been busy this term learning about WWI and creating trenches out of different materials based on what they learnt throughout the course about the conditions that soldiers had to suffer.

S1 Stirling Fieldtrip - The Advanced Higher pupils have been particularly busy in History with their annual trip to Stirling where they saw many famous Scottish landmarks such as Stirling Bridge, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Bannockburn Centre and Stirling Castle.

Scottish School Medieval History Conference – Advanced Highers also attended the Scottish School Medieval History Conference at Stewart's Melville College.

The Poland Auschwitz Project - It was great to see Lucy Couperwhite and Adam Linton Main represent Knox on the Lessons from Auschwitz Project attending a one day trip to the concentration camp in Poland.

Modern Studies

Advanced Higher Interviews - Within Modern Studies the AH class have been working hard on their dissertations which has included interviewing MSP Graham Pearson and MP George Kerevan. They have also interviewed someone from the Scottish Prison Service, MELDAP (Mid and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership) and Community Police Officer, Lynn Black. This has strengthened the bonds that the school have with the local community.


Edinburgh Central Mosque - The National 5 class visited Edinburgh Central Mosque in October. Pupils learned a lot from visiting this place of worship and discussing the Islamic belief system with a practising Muslim.

Samye Ling - The Higher class visited the Buddhist monastery in the borders for a couple of days in November. The pupils benefitted from seeing a Buddhist community and from being able to talk to both lay and ordained Buddhists about their course.

Write for Rights - Core classes from S1-S5 have engaged in write for rights again over the last couple of weeks. Write for Rights is our annual campaign to achieve justice through writing a card or letter to someone whose human rights have been violated in some way. This year we focus on girls forced into marriage in Burkina Faso and on discrimination and prejudice against homosexuality.

S1 Nativity Scenes – Pupils have been working hard on creating the most imaginative nativity scenes, which have included baking cakes, building lego and tapestry pillows.

Published: 16 December 2015

The latest edition of Knox Newsletter is now available for viewing and downloading on this website in the News section: News > The Knox Newsletter.


If you require a paper copy and cannot access the website, please contact the school office on 01620 823387.

Published: 11 December 2015

Knox Academy is pleased to announce the following vacancy:

Applicants interested, in the following position are invited to apply through myjobscotland, where further details can also be accessed. The closing date for applications is indicated below:

Closing Date: Sunday 13 December 2015

Closing Date: Sunday 20 December 2015

Current vacant posts can be viewed on this website under News > Recruitment

Published: 08 December 2015

The recently installed Connected Learning Network will go live with S1-3 from tomorrow. All pupils should by then have access to their pin codes to access the wifi network. This will come via an email through their Edubuzz Account.  The school is encouraging a "devices out, face down policy" within classrooms, following instructions from their teachers. Pupils will then be able to access the network from their desk, just like a textbook resource. 

To try and make this simpler for all involved the school has invested in AirHead. This is an IT platform that can be accessed via the CLN and desktop computers. You can check this out, by using the link on the school website (left handside - blue icon). Pupils need to sign in to their Edubuzz account to access (for any difficulties with this see Mr McSwan, Mr Homer or Mr Dempster who will be happy to assist). Regardless of the device, students will see the same launchpad for the school, with twitter feeds, a calendar and the school notices, as well as access to subject specific resources.