March 2020

Published: 31 March 2020

We are aware that some parents/carers circumstances may have changed as a result of Covid-19 and this may mean you are now eligible for Free School Meals and/or a Clothing Grant. 

If you think this may apply to you, please visit the Free School Meals/Clothing Grants area on the East Lothian Council website for further information and the relevant forms.

If you need help completing these forms there is support available on the website or alternatively please contact your young person’s Guidance teacher who should also be able to help you via a telephone call/email.

Published: 31 March 2020

If you haven't already heard... you can access Google Classroom on an Xbox or PS4 Games Console.

Access Google Classroom with Xbox

  1. Go to the Home Menu.
  2. Select My games and apps.
  3. Scroll down to Apps.
  4. Go to Microsoft Edge application.
  5. Type in a search for Google Classroom.
  6. Select Go to Classroom, then log in using Edubuzz email and password.

Access Google Classroom with the PS4 system

  1. Use your controller to scroll to the far right of the bar with games to Library.
  2. Select Library application.
  3. Within thin library use the search bar to type in Internet.
  4. Select the Internet Browser app.
  5. Start Internet Browser and press the triangle button on the controller to search.
  6. Once on the internet, type in the search box Google Classroom and select the appropriate link
  7. "Classroom: manage teaching and learning Google for Education-link below"
  8. Select Go to Classroom, then log in using Edubuzz email and password.

There are various YouTube videos demonstrating the process.



Published: 31 March 2020

Do you have an 'ancient' laptop, or one that is very slow an unusable, does it sit in the cupboard gathering dust?

Turn this into aa fast Chromebook ideal for use at this time when devices are at a premium in households.

Please note that this procedure cannot be supported by East Lothian Council in any way.



What do you have to lose?  Just backup any data first!

"Whether you're working from home or learning from home, CloudReady is the OS for you."

Visit the Neverware website for more information - but remember this CANNOT BE SUPPORTED BY ELC. If not absolutely ancient, it's likely that an older laptop can be converted to become a Chromebook.

Let us know if you have success with this.

Published: 31 March 2020

Due to the emergency closure, senior pupils will be pleased to hear that all courses on SCHOLAR can now be accessed. This means you can start looking forward and access some tutorials or materials for your new courses.

This means that you have now have access to 37 complete SQA NQ courses, with support materials available for a further four qualifications.

The new “Display other courses” toggle at the bottom of the welcome screen provides "guest access" to all of the courses.

Published: 30 March 2020

As you will be aware, the Depute First Minister has announced that this year’s SQA exams will not now go ahead. Firstly, and most importantly, please do not worry – we want the best for all of our pupils. We will do everything we can to ensure no Senior Phase pupil is disadvantaged, and the Scottish Government, and the SQA will be working with us on this. We understand that this is an uncertain time for everyone but we will keep you up-to-date with any new information as soon as we have it.

You can read the latest updates from the SQA on their website.

This letter (PDF) provides pupils and their families with an SQA update, and answers some of the more common questions we have had:

  • Will pupils’ achievements this year be recognised?
  • What happens if a pupil did not complete the coursework for a subject?
  • Can a pupil still complete and submit coursework to the SQA online with their teacher?
  • Why should a pupil continue to complete online tasks set by a teacher when the school cannot submit any work to the SQA for marking?
  • Will I receive certification for achievements this year?
  • How do teachers decide on an estimate grade?
  • A pupil has produced work at home – can that contribute to the estimate grade?
  • Does a disappointing prelim grade automatically mean a poor estimate grade?
  • Can a teacher tell a pupil what grade they are going to get in a subject?
  • Can a pupil find out what their final grade will be before 4 August?
  • Other commonly asked questions
Published: 29 March 2020

The SQA has been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.  

To make sure it’s a fair reflection of your performance¸ the government has said your grade will be based on information from your teachers’ judgement, using:   

  • any units and coursework that are completed, and estimated grades provided by teachers, drawing on the available evidence gathered throughout the year
  • prior attainment information, where available    

SQA are aiming to have results with students no later than 4 August 2020.  

The full "Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Update" can be read on the UCAS website

Published: 27 March 2020

All parents of pupils at Knox Academy are part of the school's parent forum and can influence what happens in our school.  The Parent Council aims to collect everyone's views, represent them and work with the school to make sure all pupils get the best outcome from their time at Knox Academy.  While being on the Parent Council is not for everyone, we hope you will find our new twitter account (and existing Facebook page) useful and an easy way to get in touch with us and let us know your views.

Published: 26 March 2020

At the moment (March 2020) we DO NOT have access to our telephones. If you need to contact the school please send us an email:

How to Keep in Touch:

Published: 25 March 2020

In order to continue to support families through this period of school closures due to Covid 19, East Lothian Council is continuing to provide free school meals to those children and young people who are eligible. 


At the moment, we are putting plans in place, for example, this may be through a Children’s Hub which will be established in each of our largest communities to provide childcare for keyworkers or through delivery to a drop off point in our more remote communities. In order for the Council to prepare for this service, please could you provide the following information:

  • Do you wish your child/ren to continue to receive a free school meal?
  • If so, can you provide their name, address and the days a free school meal will be required. 
  • Could you also provide details of any child/ren you have in nursery?   

Please email this information back to by tomorrow, Thursday 26 March 2020 at 12 noon at the latest. 

Free school will be served from the 6 children’s hubs from 11.30am until  12.30pm:

  • Dunbar Primary School (John Muir Campus),
  • St Mary’s Primary School/Haddington Primary School (infants building),
  • Law Primary School, North Berwick,
  • Preston Tower Primary School (infants building), Prestonpans,
  • Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent, 
  • Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, Musselburgh
Published: 24 March 2020

Please note the further update to arrangements for free school meals. From Wednesday 25 March 2020 and for the remainder of this week, those pupils receiving free school meals should pick these up from the Children's Hubs and NOT Knox Academy.

St Mary’s Primary School is the closest Hub to Knox Academy. These should be picked up between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Thank you.

Published: 24 March 2020

SQA has just released their statement following the First Minister’s announcement on Sunday.

The current public health advice has meant that SQA have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

We await further advice from the SQA regarding the estimation of grades to be submitted by teachers.

Read the full statement from Fiona Robertson (SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examiner)

Published: 24 March 2020

The Educational Psychology Service have produced a couple of documents to help manage during this time of school closure.

For Parents/Carers:
Your child will learn from your response to the current situation. Seeing you stay calm and resilient will be crucial to help them cope with the circumstances. It is helpful to maintain structure and routine for your child or children whilst schools are closed.
15 Tips for Parents/Carers

For Young People:
This is a strange time for everyone. We need to make sure we are avoiding physical contact and washing our hands to keep ourselves and others safe from a virus called COVID-19. This means school buildings have closed.
Tips for Young People