General News

Published: 07 August 2020

We are so looking forward to welcoming our young people back to school next week. This letter will provide you with lots of information about our return. Please can you discuss this with your young person so they know the arrangements for their return – and in particular the day they are in next week and where they should report to on arrival.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend – which looks as though it is going to be lovely weather.

Best wishes
Sue Cook

Published: 04 August 2020

I hope you have had a lovely summer break.  Further to the letter sent by our Chief Operating Officer, Lesley Brown on Friday 31 July 2020, I am pleased to be able to write to you today to advise you on the plans for re-opening Knox Academy.

Over the summer, extensive planning has taken place to ensure we have a safe and supportive return to school.  The First Minister outlined in her statement to Parliament on Thursday 30 July 2020, that there is flexibility to phase pupils back to school. It has been agreed that all East Lothian Secondary Schools will have a phased return to school, over the course of the 12, 13 and 14 August 2020. All pupils will be back in school full time from Monday 17 August 2020.

** A further update issued on Friday 7 August 2020 is also available **

Published: 03 August 2020

All pupils will receive their SQA examination results on Tuesday 4 August 2020, either by post, or through MySQA.

Miss Cook (Head Teacher) has written a letter to clarify the process in place for querying an examination result and ways in which the SQA will accept what this year is called a ‘post-certification review’, or an ‘appeal’.

I hope this clarifies the situation for all pupils and parents/carers. If you would like to contact the school about any aspect of SQA results or the appeals process please email admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk and if a conversation would be helpful then someone will phone you back.

Published: 31 July 2020

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well.  Please find attached a letter from Lesley Brown re the re-opening of schools on 12 August 2020.  On Monday I will be writing out to last year’s S4/5/6 parents/carers with information about SQA results (Please also pass on my best wishes to your young person if they are about to receive their SQA results on Tuesday). I  will also be writing out to all parents/carers on Tuesday afternoon/Wednesday morning with more information about your young person’s start/return to Knox Academy in August.

In the meantime, I hope you are all managing to enjoy the beautiful sunshine outside. 

Best wishes,
Sue Cook (Head Teacher).

Published: 31 July 2020

Knox Academy is pleased to invite applications for the following vacancy:

Closing Date: Sunday 16 August 2020

All current and previous vacancies can be viewed within our Recruitment section of our website.

Published: 11 July 2020

East Lothian Council has published the revised session dates for 2020-2021 as a result of COVID-19.

Published: 26 June 2020

This has been the most unusual and challenging terms for us all, and one I am sure none of us want to repeat! 

Please find below the introduction to a letter detailing Arrangements for Return to School in August 2020 and our Contingency Plan. I am hopeful that the contingency plan will be just that and we will never have to use it as we will all be back in August.  I will be able to update parents/carers after the Depute First Minister’s speech on 30 July 2020, when we will know definitely if we are all back in August or if we need to move to our contingency plan.

I am writing to confirm the arrangements for our return to school after the summer holidays. Following the Depute First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday, the Scottish Government has now asked us to prepare for all pupils returning full-time to school from 12 August 2020 assuming it is safe to do so. At the time of writing we are waiting for further detailed guidance to be provided to all Local Authorities – including on issues such as physical distancing and transportation. Relevant information will be shared with you over the summer holidays so that you have full details on our plans for the start of the new school session.

We have also been asked by Scottish Government to ensure that we have contingency plans in place in case the virus rates increase again in the coming months, and full-time schooling is not possible. For this reason I am writing to share with you what ‘blended learning’ means for Knox Academy. Please note that, following the Scottish Government’s announcement, this is our ‘Plan B’ and we now expect our children to return full-time from 12 August. The purpose of sharing it with you is so that you will know, and can plan, what the impacts will be for your household if health and government advice changes over the summer holidays and we are asked to move to a blended learning model. (Please also see our ‘Contingency Plan for Knox Academy.’ On return we may still adopt some of the aspects within this document but this will be based on the advice from the Scottish Government nearer our return date).

My end of term Head Teacher’s Update is also now available.

I hope you all have a happy and restful holiday. Stay safe and well and fingers crossed to see all of our young people back in August.

Sue Cook
Head Teacher

Published: 23 June 2020

You may be aware that the Depute First Minister has,  this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school in August. He has indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools in August if it safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and based on the scientific and health advice. He has confirmed that the plans we were putting in place for blended learning will be a contingency and will be essential preparation in case they are needed.

We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on this full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can.   We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10 August 2020 and pupils will return on the 12 August 2020.

We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child / children.  We are committed to sharing information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.

Lesley Brown
Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services

Published: 21 June 2020

Our Virtual School Tour is now live... we hope that this will give some of our new S1s a chance to appreciate our building before they start with us in August 2020.

View the tour on our website or if using a mobile device directly within the Tour Software for the full 360° experience (knox.is/tour).

Best viewed with the Chrome Browser.

Over time further detail and scene narration will be added.

Published: 19 June 2020

The Knox Academy School Handbook has now been published for Session 2020-2021.

We look forward to welcoming our new S1 pupils in August 2020.

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