General News

Published: 30 April 2009

Head Teachers from Ecole Primaire de Ruhanga and Ecole Secondaire de Ruhanga visited Knox Academy and Kings Meadow Primary School from 20-24th April. The Haddington schools have a number of well-developed links with overseas schools and Knox has recently received a British Council International School Award for the second time – the first Scottish school to receive the award twice.

The Rwanda link has received funding from the Department for International Development to allow collaboration with Ruhanga Schools in Rwanda. This link was created over a year ago as a result of contact through the British Council’s Global Gateway website ( A member of the VSO staff working in Kigali offered to assist in setting up a link. Ruhanga was suggested although it was pointed out that communication would not be easy due to the school’s rural location, but that the Head Teachers were very enthusiastic! The schools are located in Burera District in the Northern Province of Rwanda. The secondary school has 415 pupils and 14 teachers (Knox has 830 pupils and 65 staff.)

Photographs and teaching materials have already been exchanged between the schools, and tremendous support received from the Rwandan Honorary Consul in Scotland, Professor Gerda Siann.

The purpose of the visit to Scotland was to allow the Rwandan Heads to meet staff from both Haddington schools and to develop a Partnership Agreement to take the link further. It is also intended to lay the foundations for further co-operation between the schools by focusing on curricular links particularly in the expressive arts subjects such as Art and Design, Drama, PE and Music. The Rwandan guests also visited Edinburgh and had a tour of East Lothian during their stay.

Next month arrangements have been made for one member of staff from Knox Academy and another from Kings Meadow to visit the Rwandan schools as part of the DFID funding for the project.

Further information is available from:
Mr M Duddin
Depute Head Teacher


Published: 30 April 2009

Congratulations to the Blue Peter Appeal fundraising group who raised £50 yesterday during lunchbreak - special thanks to the PE department for allowing themselves to drenched in the ever popular 'soak the teacher' stand!!


Published: 27 April 2009

Just a quick reminder that the Blue Peter Appeal (Mission Nutrition) is this Wednesday 29 April and we would be really grateful if you could donate any unwanted jewellery, books, toys, games videos, etc.

We will have Soak the Teacher, Jumble Sale, Quizzes and a Jewellery Stall.

Please give any donations to Eilidh McSporran 1G3, Holly Merritt 1T2, Mary-Beth McFern 1L1, Sarah Duffy 1T2 and Matthew Moore 1L1.


Published: 27 April 2009

Any pupil intending to take up a place at University or College to complete a degree or HND course next year must apply to the SAAS for funding and payment of their fees.

In previous year’s application forms have come into school however this year applications are all online.

Go to to complete an application and get further details.


Published: 27 April 2009

This year's Kickstart will take place from Monday 20th July until Friday 24th July 2009 - and registrations are now open! 

Kickstart is run by Edinburgh, Napier and QM Universities along with the Scottish Agricultural Colleges and is a week long "summer school" which is free to attend and is designed to provide you with a fun and useful "taster" of studying at University.

The aim is to give you as real an experience as possible (without the essays and exams!) and a deeper insight into some of the subject areas offered within Higher Education. During the week, two distinct programmes are run - one focusing on Humanities and Social Science subjects, and the other on Health, Science and Technology subjects.

Further information can be found at or from Mrs Ingham.


Published: 27 April 2009

Knox Academy is working hard to improve it's communication with parents.  We now make use of the Parentmail system which allows us to email groups of parents with information, which is also sent home via the school bag but doesn't always get there!  If you haven't yet signed up but wish to do so please click the link below which will divert you to the Parentmail site...


Published: 27 April 2009

On Friday evening, May 1st, members of the Advanced Higher Music class will be giving a short concert in St Mary's Parish Church, beginning at 6.00pm. Pupils will be performing pieces from their examination programmes. Admission is free, but donations to the church will be welcome.


Published: 22 April 2009

The Scottish Schools Athletic Championships are taking place on the 13th and 14th June in Grangemouth.

If any pupil is interested in taking part they require to meet the qualification standards set by the SSAA. Please see the Notice Board in the PE department or Mr Couper for more information.

Closing date for entries is 13th May.


Published: 21 April 2009

Parents/carers of P7 pupils transferring to Knox Academy in August 2009 are warmly invited to visit us on Tuesday 9 June at 6.30pm for a meeting concerning your child’s entry to Secondary School. At this meeting you will hear more details about the Primary 7 pupils’ visit to Knox on 10 and 11 June. Also there will be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Details of the dress code at Knox Academy have been distributed through your child’s Primary School and will be covered again during the evening. All pupils will be given a school tie prior to starting in August.
Items of clothing can be viewed and purchased/ordered on the night from 5.45pm-6.30pm prior to the main proceedings.
During their two day visit pupils will follow a timetable that will include some transition lessons based on Guitar Hero. They should arrive at Knox in time for a 9.00am assembly and the school day will finish at 3.45pm. At lunchtime pupils have the choice of eating a packed lunch or having a school meal in the Food Court. Your child may leave the school campus at lunchtime only if he/she is carrying a signed note of permission from yourself.
Your child should be well prepared for a busy day and should bring along:
          1.       Pen or pencil.
          2.       PE kit.
Pupils are asked to wear their normal Primary School dress during the visit.
If you need any more details about the information evening or the visit, please contact the school and ask for Mrs Ingham, Depute Headteacher or Miss Easson, Guidance Department.
We look forward to meeting you on the 9 June.

Remember... P7 pupils can submit their queries via the form on the Cluster Primary School page!!


Published: 21 April 2009

Knox Academy has a new textile bank which you can use to recycle unwanted textiles of any quality.  You can donate adult’s and children’s clothes, paired shoes, hats, bags, belts, curtains, towels and bed linen (sheets, pillow covers, duvet covers).  It is important that the textiles are dry, clean and in a bag.  Please do not donate soiled or wet textiles.

Knox Academy receives £300 for school funds for every tonne of textiles deposited, so get recycling!!