General News

Published: 13 May 2009

We have been made aware that there is now guidance on the parentzone website (address below) for parents and carers that are concerned about school closures and effects on the SQA exams by the Swine Flu outbreak.

The advice also has links to the NHS website and the leaflet that is being sent out by the government.


Published: 12 May 2009

Please click the link below to complete the Homework Club survey.  Any queries should be directed to Miss MacLeod.  Thank you.


Published: 11 May 2009

Kelvin Craig, Gareth Evans, Gabby Jackson, Conor McHugh and Fraser Thomson took part in the Young SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Ambassadors Challenge this year ... and won!  This is a competition run by Edinburgh University and open to all schools throughout the Lothians.  The project brief that the team were given was to select an area of the school and propose a way of making a significant saving in the consumption of energy.

The project lasted for 4 months and the team worked extremely hard to produce a detailed report and model.  They were assigned a mentor from Scottish & Newcastle Ltd (Mr Darren Goodwin) who attended many of their team meetings and supported them throughout the project. 

On Friday 8th May they returned to Edinburgh University for the final, where they presented their work to the panel of judges.  Competition was fierce, but the team were brilliant and won 1st prize...a whopping £1000.00 for Knox Academy.

The team will now progress to the CREST Awards which is a Scotland wide competition.  We wish them every success and sincerely congratulate them on their efforts to date.  Thanks must also go to Miss Leggatt who has worked with the team throughout the project.

Published: 11 May 2009

The Food Court is going to prepare packed lunches for the week of Activities Week.

The cost of a standard packed lunch is £1.80. These are available for anyone to purchase.

Pupils who receive free school meals will receive a packed lunch for the days when they are out of school.

Please collect before registration each morning.


Published: 07 May 2009

The school library will re-open to pupils from Monday 11th May 2009, and will be staffed on a rota basis by 3 ELC Librarians until Mr Plain returns. 

Opening hours will be :

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.30 am - 4 pm
  • Friday: 8.30 am - 1 pm


Published: 05 May 2009

One of the major suppliers of food to the school has been affected by fire damage and therefore there may be some unavoidable alterations to the menu and food served in the Food Court over the next week or so.  Please be assured that the quality and standard of the substitute menu items will be maintained and meet all requirements.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office with any queries.


Published: 01 May 2009

Congratulations to Mr Campbell, Drama teacher, who was recently nominated for an Arches Award for Stage Directors for his involvement in the production of the play 'Lockerbie' with the Random Act Theatre Company. 

This is the 4th time Mr Campbell has been nominated for this prestigious award.


Published: 01 May 2009

Mrs Craig and the staff of Knox Academy wish all S4 pupils the best of luck in their SQA examinations which start on Tuesday 5th May 2009.  Study leave for S4 pupils commences on the same day. 

Pupils wishing to come into school to study should sign in/out at the school office, and must be in full dress code. 

Pupils sitting examinations must also be in full dress code. 

Please contact Mr. Duddin with any queries regarding examinations.


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!!