General News

Published: 18 March 2010

Each session Knox Academy runs a series of revision classes at lunchtime and after-school.

As pupils are working towards their Final Examinations in May, it is important that they are aware of the opportunities of extra support that are available.  This is a reminder that revision sessions along with many other extra-curricular activities are listed on this website.

For further details please access: Extra-Curricular > Timetable


Published: 17 March 2010

The Big Bang: National Science and Engineering Awards

Last May Knox Academy entered a team of S2 students in the Young SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Ambassadors Challenge, which was run in conjunction with Edinburgh University. The team won this event, beating schools from across the Lothians. The same team (Kelvin Craig, Gareth Evans, Conor McHugh, Gabby Jackson and Fraser Thomson) now in S3, then entered their project into the National Science and Engineering Awards, and they made it to the finals!

They went to Manchester last week to attend The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair. This was the exciting setting for the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition, where 240 teams and individuals with the best projects from all over the UK were invited to showcase their work to over 17,000 visitors, including students, journalists, celebrities and VIPs.

Judging took place on day one of The Big Bang - and the team had to present their project to two judging panels, and day two ended with a glitzy and prestigious awards ceremony where winners of the National Science & Engineering Competition will be announced. Although the team from Knox Academy didn't win, they were awarded a "Highly Commended", which was fantastic as there was a Winner, a Runner-Up and three Highly Commendeds for each category.

This was a massive achievement for the Knox Academy team, and a fantastic experience for them to compete and win an award at such a high level. Congratulation to them all!


Published: 16 March 2010

Do you need extra assistance with your Higher English work?

There will be a Higher English exam preparation session on Thursday 25 March between 4 pm and 5.30 pm.

It will be run in the English Department and will focus specifically on Close Reading.

See Mr Swinney for further details.


Published: 13 March 2010

S3 Business Management classes are currently taking part in "Make Your Mark with a Tenner" which gives pupils the opportunity to take part in a well supported, real life, exciting enterprise activity which both compliments and enhances the existing enterprise curriculum.

In the past this competition has demonstrated that it not only builds on enterprise capabilities but also improves pupils’ financial understanding and risk taking skills. What’s more, because this is all about social enterprise, pupils begin to learn about socially conscious ways to make money for good causes.

Pupils need to show enterprising spirit and make as much profit as possible in a way which benefits their community.

Exposure to real enterprise activities gives pupils a taste of what running a real venture could be like and this alone can tip many young people into seriously thinking about more enterprising activities.

One of Enterprise UK's entrepreneurial ambassadors, Sean Geddes from Domino's, visited the Business Education Department on Wednesday 10 March at lunchtime. There was much enthusiasm for the project with a full classroom of pupils attending.

All pupils who take part in the competition will receive a certificate outlining the skills they have developed and the winning team will win some start up capital and support from a business mentor to help them develop their entrepreneurial ideas.


For further information on the project visit the Make Your Mark with a Tenner website.


Published: 10 March 2010

S1 and S2 Competition

From Twilight to Naria to Hogwarts, find the quotes and win a fantastic hardback book.

Six quotes have been hidden in the English department corridors. Find the quotes and, using the entry form in the library, decide who said that in which novel. Clues can be found around the library.

Books that are up for grabs are Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush and Robert Muchamore's Brigands MC

Closing Date: 11.05 am Friday 19th March 2010.


Published: 08 March 2010

After hearing our success on BBC 5 Live, The Edinburgh Evening News contacted the school to see if they could do a feature on the Knox Academy Glee Club.

Two reporters attended one of our rehearsals and spoke to myself, Mr Campbell, and 4 pupils from S2 - S6.

An excellent article featured in the Evening News on Saturday 6th March 2010 can be viewed below:



Published: 05 March 2010

On Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January 2010), pupils from Knox Academy and other schools in the East Lothian area took part in The Legacy of Hope at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh at 7 pm.

The event, which was being held on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was an opportunity for young people in Scotland to look at the theme of what is 'The Legacy of Hope'.

It was a time to reflect on The Holocaust and ongoing human rights atrocities around the world.

The image below shows Knox Academy pupils reflecting with a candlelight vigil.


Pic: Julie Howden - The Herald


Published: 04 March 2010

The Charities Committee would like to announce "Wear it Red Day" which will take place on Friday 5 March.

All pupils who wish to participate in the Wear it Red Day should bring 50p per item of red clothing.

Please note that no more than 3 items of clothing can be worn and red items must comply with dress code, ie red tie, red shirt.

All donations will go to the British Heart Foundation.

Chris Crawford, Emma Young, Kirsty Gurr (S6 pupils)


Published: 02 March 2010

The Senior Course Choice Booklet has now been published for session 2010-2011.

Hard copies will be issued to pupils shortly, but the booklet can be viewed now in the Publications section of the website: Publications > Curriculum Booklets.


Published: 01 March 2010

The latest School Council minutes for the meeting held on 25 February 2010 are now available to view.

They can be found under School Info in the main menu: School Info > School Council.