General News

Published: 27 August 2009

Dear Parent/Carer

In November of this year, your child will be given the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement which is an integral part of the work experience programme. This programme is completed through the Social Education department in the school and will involve your child learning all about the processes involved in applying for a job, going to work and working in a different environment.

This work experience opportunity is offered in conjunction with East Lothian Council and Work Experience Services Continuing Education Gateway.  All placements are thoroughly checked for Health and Safety and their suitability for young people.  Many of the placement providers have offered their services over a number of years and pupils have benefited from their experience.

There is a wide selection of jobs and places of work to choose from throughout Edinburgh and East Lothian.  When deciding upon a placement, pupils are invited to look through a catalogue of available placements and choose one which they think will be most suited to their existing skills and qualities.

Once the placement details have been confirmed, I would ask that all parents/carers discuss their son/daughter’s placement with him/her and begin to look into travel arrangements.  If there are any problems please contact us as soon as possible.

We recognise that not every pupil will be guaranteed a job that is most suited to him/her or of interest regarding career intention and we therefore give pupils the opportunity to organise their own work placement.  In recent years however the laws regarding Health and Safety in the work place have become much more stringent and there is a great deal of paper work to be completed before we can allow any pupil to undertake a self found work experience placement at their chosen venue.  In the event of pupils choosing to organise their own placements, it is their responsibility to ensure that the necessary paperwork is completed by both parent and employer and returned to the school by the date stated below. Unfortunately, if the paper work is not completed in time, we cannot guarantee that the placement will be possible. Pupils can collect the relevant forms from their Social Education teachers or from myself.  Please note, self found placements must take place in the same week as all other placements.

So that we can efficiently deal with the paper work, I would ask that you take a note of the dates below, to ensure that your son/daughter has made all the necessary returns in good time.

Week beginning 31 August: The database will be available for pupils to select a job. First booking round.

18 September: Final date for acceptance of self found placements

12 October: Parental Consent forms must be returned

23 November – 27 November: Work Experience Week for all S4 Pupils

7 December: Pupils must return their ‘log books’

I am sure you will agree that this is an exciting opportunity for all pupils in S4.  I thank you in advance for all your help and support.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions relating to the above.

Yours faithfully

Miss Easson
Principal Teacher of Guidance


Published: 27 August 2009

Knox Academy has been given the opportunity to attend the ‘2Moro’s Driver’ event on Wednesday 2 September 2009.  The event is organised by Lothian and Borders Police Road Safety Unit and is open to pupils in S6.

It is a multi-agency event, which is based on a play funded by Road Safety Scotland and performed by the Baldy Bane Theatre Company.  It deals with the fun, risks and the responsibilities involved when becoming a new driver and getting a first car.

The event will be held at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh and will last from 9.40 am – 12.30 pm (approximately).  A bus will transport pupils to and from the event with staff supervision. There is no cost to yourself as The Community Safety Forum has agreed to fund the transport to this event.

If you would like your son/daughter to attend, please complete and sign the enclosed parental consent form and return it to school by Thursday 27 August 2009.  Any pupil who does not return this form will not be allowed to attend the event. The form should be given to Miss Garwood.

We are sure you will agree that this is an extremely worthwhile event, especially at this time of year when our current S6 will soon become tomorrow’s young drivers.


Published: 27 August 2009

Edinburgh and Lothians Higher Education Convention 2009

3rd September

Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

With nearly 60 exhibitors from universities and colleges around the whole of the UK this year’s Higher Education Convention is geared up to be another successful event.

Knox Academy has an allocated time slot from 10 am – 11.30 am on Thursday 3rd September.  If there is enough interest from the S5 and S6 pupils we will supply a bus to and from the event at a cost of £2.00.

To register your interest and intention to attend this event, please return the attached green form along with £2.00 to Miss Easson by Tuesday 25th at the latest.

In the event of there not being enough interest to warrant putting on a bus, please note that there is an open session available to pupils and parents on Thursday 3rd September from 4.30 pm – 6 pm.


Published: 26 August 2009

2nd September at 7.30 pm

Parents and guardians of Knox Academy pupils submitting UCAS forms to universities and colleges are warmly welcomed to an evening of presentations to assist in the process of applying for courses this year.

The format of the evening is as follows:


Heather MacLeod
Knox Academy
The school process
Eleanor Garwood
Knox Academy
Researching your options
Alan McLachlan...
Published: 19 August 2009

All pupils were issued with a letter from the Scottish Government, and a FAQ information sheet during assemblies held this afternoon. 

Copies of these documents can be found below:


Published: 06 July 2009

Knox Academy have registered with a new fundraising website which will help us, and you, earn cashback from your everyday shopping. Buy4schools is a website which provides access to over 2,000 online shops, including Tesco, Boots, Dixons, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us, PC World, Next, and many more.

Purchases made from any retailer via our Buy4schools webpage, generates up to 15% commission, which is then split 50/50 between the school and parent.

The great thing is that parents only need buy what they were going to anyway, and they earn cashback for it!

A few important points:

  • Buy4schools is FREE for schools and parents
  • There is no obligation for you to buy anything
  • Shops won't charge you any more for buying through Buy4schools
  • You will not receive unsolicited emails from Buy4schools

Every parent gets a £5 welcome bonus when they register so please help us raise funds and earn cash-back you at the same time.

We hope you sign up and are very grateful for your support. We will keep you regularly informed over the coming months of how much we raise.


Published: 16 June 2009

From August the price of a school meal will increase to £1.90 (currently £1.80).


Published: 05 June 2009

Reminder that Monday 8th June is an inservice day and the school is closed to all pupils with the exception of those sitting an SQA examination.


Published: 03 June 2009

This summer Children’s BBC in Glasgow launches a brand new game show hosted by Pete Firman, called “Wait for It..!” Hailing from a department already responsible for some of CBBC’s biggest shows ‘Raven’, ‘Get 100’, ‘Stakeout’, ‘Ed and Oucho’s Excellent Inventions’ this promises to be another CBBC hit.

We’d like to invite viewers and fans of CBBC to take part in the studio recordings which are due to take place at the start of the school summer holidays.

There is a an amazing opportunity for children aged between 9-13 years old to come into Studio A at Pacific Quay and be part of the audience for the game. The show itself is a great mix of questions and game play, where contestants must wait as long as possible to answer in order to score maximum points. The main aim of the game is to avoid being plunged into a large pool of gunge!

The lucky audience members will enjoy a ring side seat at the pool of gunge and get to cheer on contestants throughout! Not to be missed.

For more information contact us now at or on 0141 422 6769. Recording dates are Tues 30th June – Fri 10th July (inclusive).


Published: 27 May 2009

Reminder to all pupils moving from S4 into S5, that they return to school at 8.44am on Tuesday 2nd June for their S5 Induction Day.  Their new timetable begins on Wednesday 3rd June.