General News

Published: 04 May 2021

A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus will open in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April 2021.

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community. By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.

The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, opens from 12 pm - 6 pm on Friday, 30 April 2021. It will be open again from 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday. Thereafter the opening hours will be (Tuesday - Saturday) 11 am - 6 pm. No appointment is required.

The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.

People can also order free lateral flow home test kits test themselves twice-weekly. More information on the Scottish Government website.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:

“The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.

“It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and, it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus.

“We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via NHS Inform: Test and Protect"

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What happens at the test?

  • The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.
  • When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.
  • The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register....
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Published: 23 April 2021

In recent weeks, all East Lothian secondary schools have collaborated together with Education staff from East Lothian Council to plan key aspects of the shared approach to SQA assessment for this school year. This approach has been used to ensure consistency and high standards in the application of assessment across all East Lothian schools, and to ensure equity for all pupils in the submission of provisional grades to SQA in June. Full details are available in the letter issued from our Depute Head Teacher on Friday 23 April 2021.

Below is a document detailing provisional results and subject assessment weightings -

Published: 20 April 2021

I hope that you have managed to enjoy some of the lovely sunny weather over the Easter break. I wanted to write to you to provide a further update as we begin the summer term. We are all really looking forward to welcoming all children and young people back to our schools full-time on 20 April 2021. With infection rates of Covid-19 continuing to fall nationally, the reopening of schools to all learners feels like a positive step for all of us.

While schools remain safe, Scottish Government guidance is clear that there are measures that must be in place to continue to suppress transmission of the virus. Many of these measures will be familiar to you and your child, especially for those learners who had already returned to school before Easter. Children who are shielding have been advised to stay at home until 26 April 2021.

Lesley Brown, Executive Director Education and Children’s Services has written to all parents/carers detailing information on:

  • General Procedures within Primary/Secondary Schools
  • Ventilation
  • Reporting cases of COVID-19
  • Home to School Transport
  • Senior Phases and Transitions
Published: 17 April 2021

East Lothian Council provide free home to school (HTS) transport for pupils who live more than two miles away from their local primary or secondary school.

New arrangements have been put in place from 20 April 2021 to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all passengers, drivers and escorts. These arrangements apply whether you travel on a contracted route, public service using a smart card, or in a taxi. Transport provision has reverted to August 2020 system. Additional buses are in operation as primary and secondary pupils can no longer share transport, even if they are from the same family group. Bus times may also have changed and for some secondary schools buses are doing double runs to account for the 1m social distancing restraint on capacity.

Published: 01 April 2021

What is a provisional grade? Provisional grades are the grades we will submit to SQA on 25 June, based on all of the ‘demonstrated attainment’ evidence we have for each pupil. These grades will only become final grades once the SQA has confirmed them and these will be the grades that each candidate receives on their SQA certificate on Tuesday 10 August 2021. Full details are available in document issued on Thursday 1 April 2021 from our Head Teacher.

Published: 01 April 2021

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

Closing Date: Sunday 11 April 2021

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

Published: 31 March 2021

If your child / young person tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday period please email the details to covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk

Only if you have no access to email then call East Lothian Council on 01875 613921

 

Published: 30 March 2021

As part of the P7 Transition programme this year, a number of subject areas are delivering a Remote Lesson to the Primary 7 pupils.

Last Wednesday 24 March 2021, it was the turn for Business Education.  As a follow-up to that lesson pupils were asked to come up with an idea for a new Fruit Juice Drink, design the packaging and present this alongside information about the ingredients, target market and slogan.

We received some fantastic designs for our mini-competition, which was judged by Leila Maycock, Eilidh Robertson and Mr Dempster.  Leila and Eilidh have been coordinating this series of lessons with teachers across the schools, and communicating with the Primary 7 pupils via Google Classroom.

All the entries received can be viewed in the files below, we were really impressed with the high standard of work and creative ideas.  There are certainly a number of entrepreneurs about to join us at Knox Academy in August 2021.

Our Top Designs: 

  • Meadow McCabe and Ava Smith - "A Tropical Delight" & "Fruity Punch"
  • Amelia P7D - Tropical Fresh - "The Fresh Taste of Summer"
  • Beth P7D - Fruity Fresh - "Happiness in a Bottle"
  • Iris P7A - Fruity Fizz - "Be Happy Like The Fruits"
  • Jessie P7A - reJuice - "reJuice, Reuse and Recycle"
  • Josie P7D - POParino - "Stay Healthy Stay Fresh and Take a Sip of POParino"
  • Zoe P7D - Star Shake - "Reach for the Star Shake!"

The Fredward Award:

  • Marina P7D - Red Frog Juice - "Taste the Red - Feel the Froggy Fizz!"

Highly Commended:...

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Published: 29 March 2021

It is nice to be able to communicate exceptionally positive news at the end of a long and challenging term for staff, pupils and parents alike. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our young people back to full-time schooling on Tuesday 20 April 2021, following the Easter break. The First Minister will confirm this on Tuesday 6 April 2021 based on the continued suppression of the virus. The full return to school will be welcome news to all of our school community, and for once, during this pandemic, it finally feels like we are getting back to some level of normality that will be longer lasting with the reduced transmission rates and the roll out of the vaccine. I am sure, as I said at Parent Council last week, we are all glad to see school/education return to our young people’s lives, and that, coupled with the anticipation of being able to see our families and friends again, life is feeling much more positive again. The improving weather and longer days will, I am sure, also help to support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. Full details are available in the letter issued on Monday 29 March 2021 from our Head Teacher.

Published: 29 March 2021

Thank you for your continued efforts to facilitate the safe return to school for your child/ children. The measures your school has in place, and the guidance provided by the Scottish Government when your child/children are not in school, are vital for continuing to protect children, staff and you, as parents/carers. Everything you do to follow these measures, will keep the spread of the virus down, and help to ensure the smooth and full reopening of schools. Full details are available in the letter issued from NHS Lothian on Monday 29 March 2021.

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