General News

Published: 30 April 2020

As part of National Theatre at Home, you can watch both versions of Frankenstein on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel; Benedict Cumberbatch performing as the Creature from 30 April and Jonny Lee Miller performing as the Creature from 1 May. Benedict Cumberbatch recorded a special introduction to it yesterday . . .

Published: 30 April 2020

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has introduced a new online portal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to connect people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. The site has been designed with the support of the Open University in Scotland providing access to its award-winning OpenLearn platform of free courses - including hundreds of employability and skills related courses many of which offer digital badges.

Working closely with learning providers, additional opportunities will be included in the coming weeks and months.

Published: 29 April 2020

East Lothian plan to develop a cycle path in the grounds of the new East Lothian Community Hospital. As  they do this, they would like to get the views of people who walk, cycle or scoot in Haddington and the surrounding area.

The path would provide a link between the Haddington to Longniddry cycle path and Hospital Road, providing better access to both the town pathways and the A199. It would be suitable for cycling, walking and scooting.

Please help East Lothian Council by filling in this quick questionnaire to help us understand more about how people would use the path and what would make it a good path.

Published: 24 April 2020

As a pupil body at Knox Academy we wondered what we could do to reach out to our local community, let them know that we are thinking of them and hopefully bring a smile to faces during this difficult time.

Music is a universal language and good for our health (physical and mental). We really enjoy playing it, so we decided to put our musical talents to good use and put together some performances for your enjoyment.

We want to make this music available to as many as people as possible, but in particular those who may be isolated or in hospital and care homes. We would also like to dedicate it to everyone in our community serving in frontline and essential services – we are in awe of what you are doing and truly grateful for the sacrifices you are making to help us all.

Please feel free to share the link as widely as possible via your personal and professional networks.

You never know, if it goes down well, we can maybe do it again!

Take care and stay safe
Pupils of Knox Academy

Website email readers can access this musical performance on our school website.


1. The Rizla - Ben Gentil (box), Jamie Gentil (guitar)

2. Scotland the Brave / The Rowan Tree / The Badge of Scotland - Alexander Hogg (bagpipes)

3. Candlelight - Nikolaus Hogg (flute)

4. The Green Lands - Isaac and Daisy Ingram (both violin)

5. The Man I Love - Isla Booth (piano)

6. Gigue in E major - Tom Wilson (violin)

Published: 24 April 2020

Some mindful drawing... Give it a try

Published: 24 April 2020

Pupils and staff have made a huge effort to re-engage with being virtually back at school this week, and much as we have missed having pupils in the building I am delighted that the momentum and motivation continues.

Pupils are working at so many levels and it appears that there are a number of parents and staff who are enjoying some of the activities that are being suggested, especially outdoor learning and some science experiments. Read more here...24.04.2020

Published: 23 April 2020

East Lothian Council has today (23 April 2020) issued a News Release entitled "Recognising Pupils: Examination Achievements - East Lothian Council Responds to SQA Announcement".

The news release includes comments from Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown:

"Our young people, their families, and our school staff across East Lothian have been eagerly awaiting this guidance to help them with their next steps. We know that the closure of schools and the cancellation of exams has caused anxiety and uncertainty for our pupils and their families. I’m pleased that the SQA has now confirmed its approach, and I am especially pleased to see recognition that teachers and schools are best-placed to provide a judgement on pupils’ achievements.

"Our schools regularly monitor and track pupils’ progress throughout the academic year as part of our approaches to ensuring high quality learning, teaching and assessment. Teacher professional judgement is at the heart of our approach in Scotland and our teachers are very well placed to provide the information required by SQA.

"We are working with our headteachers and school teams to make sure that our approach across East Lothian is consistent, rigorous and accurately reflects pupils’ achievements. Our teachers will estimate grades using all evidence available to them, with support from their subject faculties, wider school teams and from our central education team."

Published: 22 April 2020

The Scottish Government have produced a supportive document entitled "Supporting Pupils, Parents and Teachers - Learning During Term 4" which will be of interest to all in our school community.

We will also be providing more detailed information at a school level over the coming weeks to support you and your young person/people. We will be using pupils' EduBuzz email accounts to communicate with them so please ask them to check these too.

Sue Cook
(Head Teacher)

Published: 22 April 2020

Earlier this week, SQA shared further details on the awarding and delivery of results for 2020. This includes more information for schools and colleges on the process of providing estimated grades for cancelled exams.
SQA is in regular discussion with UCAS and universities to help students progress on to the next stage of their education or employment, and are working to ensure students receive their results by 4 August 2020

Like other recent announcements, UCAS want to reassure you that universities and colleges are expected to treat applications fairly and consistently, and to consider these grades in the same way as any other qualifications. The Confirmation and Clearing processes will run broadly similar to previous years.

UCAS recognise that students may have questions about their qualifications, applications, and future studies.
On Thursday 23 April 2020, at 3 pm they are hosting a Q&A for students in Scotland live on Facebook.

The panel of experts on hand to answer their questions include:

  • Dr Gill Stewart, Director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Gillian Simmons, Head of Admissions at Edinburgh University
  • Grant Ritchie, Principal at Dundee and Angus College
  • Clare Marchant, UCAS Chief Executive

Don’t forget, as it’s a live panel, students will need to join the session on Facebook at 3 pm in order to be able to have their questions answered,
Invites have already been sent out by UCAS so this is a reminder of the event.

Published: 21 April 2020

Watch Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure HERE, brought to life on stage and filmed live at London's National Theatre. It's a dark and stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay, is streaming for free on demand until 23 April. Perfect for families with children aged 10+.w