General News

Published: 05 April 2019

Although this term has been quite long and many of us were ready for our holidays last week, staff and pupils have dug deep into their reserves of resilience and have continued to show us #whatwecando and #wecandoit.

Pupil D achieved their Bikeability level 2 this week under the excellent supervision of Phil Gilholm in Knox Academy.

Another pupil D had a second successful morning at Edinburgh College and a third pupil D overcame their social anxiety and managed Maths class in Knox this week. read more here ...Newsletter 05.04.19

Published: 05 April 2019

The S2 Battle of the Bands took place on 3 April 2019. This was a new initiative from our music staff (Mrs Loughrey and Mrs Martin) .  Each class picked a song they all agreed on and individuals chose an instrument they were comfortable with and wanted to play. Everybody had been practising for a number of weeks prior to the big battle. A wide range of songs were performed, from country to 80's pop. There were various instruments chosen including: Keyboard, Bass, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Saxophone, Violin, Vocals, Xylophone and Drums.

  • Dancing Queen - 2G1 
  • Sweet Home Alabama - 2G2 
  • Mamma Mia - 2L1 
  • Take On Me - 2L2 
  • Pompeii - 2L3 
  • September Song - 2T1
  • Five Hundred Miles - 2T2
  • Valerie - 2T3

All the classes put in a lot of effort and were ambitious to achieve the title of the winner of the S2 Battle of the Bands but only one could be crowned winner, and that was 2T3 with the song Valerie. 

Of course everybody was nervous about performing in front of the school community but nobody let their nerves get to them and showed ambition in their fantastic performances. Over all the performers had a sense of achievement and had fun whilst doing it.


"After we had finished performing the nerves died down and I thought to myself...Hey! That was pretty good" - Ailsa Thompson 

Written by 
Mhairi (Elli) Robertson-Rowan and Ailsa Thompson

Published: 03 April 2019

As the new session approaches it is important to remind everyone of our expectations in relation to school uniform. 

Knox Academy is very proud of its tradition of school uniform and the wearing of it helps promote the sense of community within the school, our wider community and create that feeling of ‘belonging’.  Alongside ‘Respect’ and ‘Ambition’, ‘Community’ is one of our school values and it is hoped our young people wear the Knox Academy uniform with pride.

Pupils have been issued with a detailed letter of School Uniform expectations at registration this week.

Published: 02 April 2019

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

Closing Date: Sunday 7 April 2019

Closing Date: Sunday 14 April 2019

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

Published: 01 April 2019

It is important that all candidates are aware of the East Lothian Council SQA Post-Results Service Policy and Procedures as they prepare to take their SQA Examinations in May and in the submission of assignment material.

Candidates should already be aware of their exam timetable and letters issued previously regarding study leave.

Published: 30 March 2019

MIIXER cic have reopened their retail outlet on a permanent basis on Musselburgh High Street (used to be Store 21).  This is a third sector initiative that works in partnership with Waste Services. On the last Sunday of each month kids clothes will be free.

Each family can take up to 2 kg of children’s clothes (including shoes) which must be checked out at the counter so that they can record weights. MIIXER cic will be trialling this initiative for the first three months to ascertain demand. If they cannot supply to meet demand from current donations they may have to work towards a referral system/expansion of the donation bank network or a combination of both.

This is a fantastic opportunity to tackle deprivation.  School uniforms and wellies are free every day and anyone requiring a suit for interview will also be assisted in the same way. 

Published: 29 March 2019


This time last year we were finishing for the Easter break and in spite of many attempts to explain why Easter changes it still baffles me that there can be a month’s difference in dates which has a significant impact on those teaching a programme of study and those studying for exams, completing assignments and assessments. Staff and pupils are justifiably tired but the longer lighter days make it bearable.

Forth Class went to the Food Bank in Tranent on Thursday and feedback from staff and pupils has been very positive. Read more here...Newsletter 29.03.19

Published: 27 March 2019

On Thursday 25 April 2019 at 6:30pm in T.4 (CDT), there will be a parents meeting for all students attending the S3 Activities Week trip to Paris. It is important that parents attend this meeting as we provide important information about the trip itinerary, times for drop off and pick up, and what to pack. It is also essential that students hand in their passports and EHIC cards at this meeting. If you have any questions, please see Miss McBride.

Published: 26 March 2019

After the voting, which closed on Friday, the following ties have been selected. 

House Tie B won narrowly and the Achievement Ties A1/A2 won by over 150 votes, compared with the Achievement Tie with no gaps between the bands.

A reminder of the images can be seen on the original Have Your Say information news story.

The House Ties will feature:

  • Thin green band for Garleton
  • Thin yellow band for Lammerlaw
  • Thin red band for Traprain

Achievement Ties will come in two different versions:

  • one gold band and House colour
  • two gold bands and House colour

Assemblies will be held to explain the criteria for Achievement Ties (not linked to attainment which is different).  

The Achievement Review Group will meet soon to ensure agreement on the criteria for an Achievement Tie.  There are parents, staff and pupils on this group.  This group will meet twice yearly to look at nominations for Achievement Ties – which can be made by staff, pupils, parents/carers and community partners.

Published: 26 March 2019

Families, living in East Lothian, are invited to join the Venturing Out Team (in partnership with East Lothian Council) for a day of water and land based activities. This marks the launch of Venturing Out’s 2019 ASN Adventurous Activities Provision.

The event is open to East Lothian families whose children have an additional support need that prevents access to mainstream activity.

Musselburgh Lagoons 11am to 1.30pm or 2pm to 4pm

The aims of this programme are as follows:

  • Enable access to adventurous activities by removing barriers to participation 
  • Engage, inspire and empower children and families through developing relationships, widening their view on what is possible and building confidence and competence 
  • Providing a socially inclusive setting, whereby children can mix with peers, siblings and adults
  • Opportunities to raise self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience through facing challenges and new experiences in a variety of settings
  • Create an environment where families can connect, share experiences and build networks

To book a place, visit the Venturing Out website or contact Claire by email.