January 2020

Published: 30 January 2020

Mumps is currently circulating in the community at a higher than usual level in Lothian. Most cases are young adults, older than school age, but we are starting to see cases in school children. Mumps is a viral infection which is not usually a serious illness but it can take up to ten days or more to feel better. The infection can be easily spread from person to person by direct contact with saliva or droplets of saliva (e.g. via coughs and sneezes) from an infected individual.

Lothian NHS Board have issued a letter giving further information surrounding Mumps and the MMR vaccination.

Published: 30 January 2020

Food Standards Scotland are currently developing a partnership campaign on allergens in young people, and while they are adding the final touches to the campaign they are looking to find out more about what the young people of Scotland feel about food allergies.  Partnering up with Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity, they have launched an allergies survey to get young people’s thoughts, whether they have an allergy to something you can eat, or not.

They are specifically looking for 12 – 18 year olds, and those taking part will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of three £50 Amazon vouchers, and if they’re a Young Scot member they can also claim 150 Reward points.  

The survey closes on 9 February 2020

Published: 24 January 2020

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

Closing Date: Sunday 2 February 2020

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

Published: 22 January 2020

As Drama isn't on S2 timetables, please come to the department to make an appointment for parents' evening if you are thinking about taking drama in S3.

Published: 21 January 2020

The way our students are using technology to support their studies is continually evolving, and as a school community we are trying to keep up with the pace of change. As a result, we have decided not to continue our school wide use of Show My Homework and will terminate our contract with the company in February.  In place of this, class teachers are using the free Google Platform to share resources, deadlines and homework tasks.

All our learners have access to GoogleDocs through their school Edubuzz account, and are already doing so in class time in a variety if subjects. The majority of class teachers are already utilising this facility, with further staff training at our recent in-service following the Christmas holidays. Therefore, we are now comfortable to roll out this development across the school and remove Show My Homework completely.  As with Show My Homework, the GoogleApp can be installed on home devices to enable reminders and alerts to function.

Over the coming weeks, I would encourage you to sit down with your child to look at the wealth of resources they already have shared on this platform, and for them to teach you how they are using GoogleDocs to promote collaborative work between their peers.

If Knox Academy is closed in line with ELC procedures, for example during adverse weather, staff will be updating work on Google for the pupils to be able to access.

For individual learners who do not have access to technology at home, paper copies of appropriate resources can always be provided by the class teacher.

Published: 16 January 2020

East Lothian Council have taken the decision to allocate 8 May 2020 as an additional day's leave in order to celebrate the 75th Anniversary VE Day Celebrations. This follows a consultation held in December 2019.

The current and future session dates can be viewed on our website within the School Information Section.

Full details can be found in the letter to all parents/carers dated 14 January 2020 from Lesley Brown (Chief Operating Officer - Education)

Published: 16 January 2020

The latest updates to the Extra-Curricular Timetable including Supported Study Sessions is now available.

Published: 14 January 2020

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2020 are now open for nominations. Can you nominate some of the incredible and inspiring young Scots at Knox Academy who deserve recognition?

From volunteers to community champions and local heroes, we want to hear your stories of young people who work hard to improve the lives of others. This year, there are 13 categories including Sport, Enterprise, Volunteering, Arts, Environment, Education, Entertainment, Equality and Diversity, Health and Wellbeing, and many more.

If the young people you nominate are finalists, they'll attend a glittering red-carpet ceremony in Edinburgh in April 2020.

Nominations close on 23 February 2020, so please do make your nominations today.
The nomination form takes only a few minutes to complete.

Published: 13 January 2020

Following the deposit of £50.00 - Further payment deadlines for the trip are as follows (payments should be made online ): two instalments of £150.00 and a two instalments of £100.00 will be due by the end of each month, excluding December (31 Oct, 30 Nov, 31 Jan, 28 Feb and 27 March).


Online payment is the significantly preferred option, we can no longer accept cash or cheques. Please go to the school website and click on SCHOOLPAY on the right hand side to access the payment options. You will need to have registered for Ipay for online payments.  Please contact Emma Maguire on 01620 823387 if you have any queries re online payments.

Published: 13 January 2020

The next installment of £20.00 for the S6 Leavers Dance must be paid by Friday 31st January. This payment must be paid online. Any issues please see Miss Maguire in the office. All food allergies/dietary requirements for the dance should be with either a member of the committee or Miss McBride by this date also.

Published: 10 January 2020

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

Closing Date: Sunday 26 January 2020

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

Published: 07 January 2020

Pupils attending the theatre trip to Lyceum to see Pride and Prejudice on Tues 28th Jan, 

Coach leaves Knox 6.15pm, from the front of the school, returns us at approx. 11pm. More details are available on Lyceum website. 

Miss Whitfield & Miss MacDonald