February 2019

Published: 22 February 2019

A French student from Aubigny will be visiting Haddington from the Saturday 18 May until Sunday 16 June as they have been award the Aubigny Scholarship this year, therefore he requires to be host in Haddington. In the past families have hosted students from around 1 week at a time. If you would be interested or would like some more information please speak to Miss McBride.

Published: 21 February 2019

Food waste is a problem! When you buy or cook food only to throw some of it away, this impacts our environment in many ways:

  1. Food waste generates greenhouse gasses. In landfills, food is broken down by bacteria that produce methane, a gas which is contributing to the warming of our climate. Also, preventing food waste means we can conserve limited landfill space.
  2. It's estimated that about 18 million tonnes of food goes to landfill ANNUALLY in the UK. That's wasted money that people are spending! The key is to only buy as much as you need. By being smarter with food purchases and by eating everything, a family of four could save as much as £70 each month.
  3. Food requires a lot of resources to grow and transport. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we have here in the UK are not even grown here and they are imported from other countries. This means that we're consuming fuel in trucks and planes to transport food, but it all goes to waste if we're not actually eating the food. Plus, growing crops requires a lot of resources like energy and water too, which gets wasted along with the food if it's not eaten.
  4. Thousands of people around the world don't have enough food to eat on a daily basis. We should be preserving the food that we are so lucky to have!

Moral of the story: don't waste food!

Published: 21 February 2019

Edinburgh Project SEARCH helps people with disabilities who want to work full-time.

If you are 16–29 years old it could be for you. Come along to one of our information evenings to find out more.

Tuesday 5th March, Thursday 7th March, Monday 11th March or Wednesday 13th March 2019 6-7:30pm

Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

It’s a full time, one year programme where you will complete three internships and a recognised qualification. You will gain real experience and skills needed for work.
Internships are available at either The City of Edinburgh Council or NHS Lothian
How to Apply
You must:
• be between 16 and 29 years old
• want to secure a full time job (16+ hours)
• have a recognised disability
• be able to commit full time for 1 year (Mon-Fri, 9-4pm)
• be able to travel alone or learn how to do this by August 2019.
To book a place call 0131 529 3139 or email project.search@edinburgh.gov.uk or visit our website

Published: 21 February 2019

SKY Apprenticeship: Apprentice Opportunities for you!

You’ve probably never considered a job in Sky before - but if you’re looking for a job that gives great support and excellent benefits, this could be the perfect place for you.

Customer Service (Contact Centre Apprenticeship)

Technology Apprenticeship

Both opportunities are for permanent roles. You don’t have to have previous experience in these areas, all we’re looking for is a passion for Sky and willingness to learn! For application hints and tips you can check out our website.

Both applications are due to close on 4th March so please check out the links above and apply directly through our website if you’re interested in working with us!

If you have any other questions, please contact us directly at earlycareers@sky.uk

Published: 21 February 2019

Bookings are now open for Cardiff University’s Medicine Taster Days (Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June 2019, Heath Park Campus).  

Our Medicine Taster Days offer you a choice of two identical days packed with Medicine-related activities and talks.  Each day we run one programme specifically for students alongside another tailored to the needs of those who support them.

•     Our full-day Student Programme covers key elements of becoming a doctor, with talks on our selection process, life as a doctor, funding for your medical degree, Case Based Learning and a Q&A panel as well as workshops covering Clinical Skills, Simulation Suite, life as a medical student, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and writing your personal statement. We also provide you with lunch and plenty of opportunity to talk to our students about what medical school is really like.

•     Our separate, full-day Accompanying Person’s programme, designed for a parent, guardian, careers advisor or teacher, covers most of the same subjects but from an angle that looks at the support they, and we, can provide over the next few years.

Prospective medical students are invited to bring one parent, guardian, careers advisor or teacher with them but are also welcome to come on their own.  Individual teachers, careers advisors or parents can also attend without a student if they wish. 

Tickets for this popular event are free but do need to be booked

Published: 21 February 2019

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2019 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level. We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation and mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. They also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students and we hope you will promote the scheme to them.  

To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

Be over 16 years old

Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK

Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)

Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths

Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year

Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.

Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.

Be living, or have lived in, local authority care. 

Summary of the process:

Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage 

When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.

After the closing date (February 27th 2019)

Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August.  The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.

All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.

Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are also invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.

Published: 21 February 2019

Applications are now open for University College London’s free Residential Summer Schools!

For successful applicants, UCL will cover the cost of travel (including flights if necessary), accommodation and food for the full week.

We would love to receive applications from high achieving S5 students from Knox Academy.

Our Residential Summer Schools allow students to experience university life, explore academic study and receive support and guidance around personal statement writing and applying to university. A flyer is attached to this email; please share this with your S5 students.

Please find dates and subjects of each Residential Summer School below:  


Week One Summer Schools: 22nd - 26th July 2019



Maths and Computer Science

Modern Languages

Psychology with Education

Applications are open. Application deadline: 28th February 5pm  


Week Two Summer Schools: 5th - 9th August 2019

Applied Health Research


Arts and Sciences


Chemical Engineering


Population Health

Applications are open. Application deadline: 18th March 5pm  


Week Three Summer Schools: 19th - 23rd August 2019



Fine Art



Natural Sciences

Applications are open. Application deadline: 18th March 5pm  

Further descriptions about all Summer Schools can be found here.

All applications are shortlisted based on our eligibility criteria.  To convert GCSE and A-level grades to the Scottish equivalent (academic potential section of our eligibility criteria), please see the ‘UK applicants qualifications’ dropdown on any specific course page.

Published: 21 February 2019

All information can be found on the attached letter . The deadline for the return of the slip/payment is Friday 1 March.

Published: 20 February 2019

A trampoline block that begins on Friday 8th March to the 5th April is now open for bookings. This is ran by Active Schools but please come to PE if interested and to obtain a form. The cost of this block is £17.50.  Please register your interest by the end of this week as this is a popular activity.

Published: 20 February 2019

Monday mindfulness begins again this Monday at 8:10 in Music Room 2. 

Mindfulness is a great way to start your day.  It has been proven to decrease stress levels  and help promote positivity. Do not worry if you have not done it before - just come along and give it a go.

Published: 20 February 2019

Any S2 who are not also going on the PGL trip are invited to collect a clothing letter from Miss McBride by Monday 25 February.

Published: 19 February 2019

Following a successful application to Eco Schools Scotland, Knox Academy's Eco-Committee has earned its first Green Flag! Last year, we ran a variety of initiatives including our annual Eco-Week, a clothing collection for Rock Trust, and a campaign to place recycling bins in most of our classes. We're excited to receive this award and we have big plans in the pipeline for this year's Eco-Week! Eco-Week 2019 is happening from March 11 to 15 and yes, there will be memes! Keep up to date with our projects here on the school website and on our Twitter account. If you'd like to get involved with the Eco-Committee (we're pretty awesome), come see Miss Laudi!