January 2016

Published: 31 January 2016

At this time of year, pupils will be looking for as many opportunities as possible to assist them to achieve their full potential.

As usual a wide range of revision classes and drop-in sessions are available for our pupils.  If something isn't listed, speak with your teacher to see what additional assistance can be provided.

Note: Sports Activities information is provided separately as part of the Active Schools Programme.

Published: 28 January 2016

The S4 Course Choice Booklet, letter to parents and course choice sheet have been uploaded to the Curriculum Section of the website.  This also includes information on College and Pre-Vocational courses.  This information is for pupils who are currently in S3 and will be entering S4 in August 2016.

Published: 25 January 2016

The Scottish Government have asked that East Lothian Council promotes the changes to household income thresholds with relation to the EMAs from 1st January 2016.  Please read this information in the flyer that has been produced.

Published: 21 January 2016

Further to the letter that went home to all parents/carers of pupils in S4-6 early in January, please see this timetable of assessments.  As these are mostly arranged by class rather than subject, some subjects appear more than once at the same level.  Pupils have been told which applies to them.  It is unavoidable that there will be a small number of clashes, and if that is the case pupils should see their class teacher to arrange another time to do one of the assessments.

Please refer to the letter mentioned previously for further details.


Steven Illingworth
Depute Head Teacher

Published: 20 January 2016

Our annual visit from Tempest Photography for S3 (individual) photographs will take place on the morning of Tuesday 25 January 2016.

Please make sure pupils are dressed smartly in full school dress code for this event.

Do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks for your support.

C Falconer
Depute Head Teacher


Photographs will take place in the library and pupils will be timetabled to attend in registration groups as follows;

3G1 - 9.00 - 9.10 am
3G2 - 9.10 - 9.20 am
3G3 - 9.20 - 9.30 am
3L1 - 9.30 - 9.40 am
3L2 - 9.40 - 9.50 am
3T1 - 10.00 - 10.10 am
3T2 - 10.10 - 10.20 am

10.20 - 10.30 am - any S1 pupils absent when photos were taken earlier in the session (pupils will be notified if this affects them)

Published: 15 January 2016

Knox Academy PTA (formerly known as KASG) has organised a Family Burns Supper to which all are invited. There will be a Licensed Bar, Haggis (vegetarian option available), Neeps and Tatties, and of course Knox Academy's finest Traditional music and entertainment.

Date: Thursday 28 January 2016 from 7pm - 10pm

Location: Knox Academy Food Court

Tickets: Available from Knox Academy Reception

Cost: £10 per adult, and £5 per Senior Pupil. Other pupils must be accompanied by an adult

Thanks in anticipation for your support,

Knox Academy PTA

Published: 06 January 2016

Benchmarking assessments are being introduced in the session 2015/2016 to replace traditional prelims.  There is an acceptance that a significant assessment at some point in the session is useful in order to gauge pupil progress, and help pupils prepare for the final examinations at the end of the session.  It is also clear that setting some timescale for these assessments benefits both pupils and departments. However, the traditional prelim diet was too inflexible, and due to changing SQA requirements for evidence, some change was appropriate.

  • A 'benchmarking assessment' priority period has been put in the calendar (January 25 to February 5).
  • During the priority period departments can book time, at least half of which should include time from that department, for pupils to sit a benchmarking assessment.
  • Subjects with practical examinations that cannot be broken down will be able to book out more than two hours.
  • Benchmarking assessments may be completed outwith the priority period but a deadline of February 26 has been set, and these assessments must take place in class time.
  • In order to minimise the assessment burden benchmarking assessments, other than in exceptional circumstances, should be designed to allow for elements of unit assessment to be included.
  • In order to give pupils an experience in line with the final exam Maths and English benchmarking assessments will be in the hall.
  • Pupils will be informed as to the date and time of their assessments by their classroom teachers.
  • During the priority period no other assessments i.e. assignment write-ups, stand-alone unit assessments or class tests will be scheduled
  • Benchmarking assessments, in isolation, should not be used to determine presentation levels.

If you have any questions about the above please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

S Ingham