November 2023

Published: 30 November 2023

Rehearsals are underway for our S1 Christmas Choir 2023.

The entire S1 will be performing at the Matinee Christmas Concert on Thursday 21st December at 2pm

You will be practising every music lesson until the concert. Please use the content posted on your Google Classrooms to practise.

We will also have guests from local Nursing Homes and p7s from local Primary Schools.

Full school uniform must be worn please. Tinsel & Santa hats welcome!

The flyer below will be sent to all your parents/carers and each student will receive a free ticket for them to watch your performance.

These will be given out in Music class - please check your parent/carer can make it before taking a ticket. Any leftover will be given out on a first come first served basis.


Published: 30 November 2023

This is a reminder that due to there being a match today in Musselburgh, there is no girls football training on after school.

Miss Stobie 

Published: 29 November 2023

The Senior Christmas Dance will be taking place on Wednesday 13th December from 7pm-9.30pm.

Tickets are now available to purchase through SchoolPay.  They are £3 and can be accessed here. If you wish to attend and are eligible, please purchase tickets before the end of day on Monday 11th December.

Please note that as per Knox Academy's dance attendance policy, school attendance statistics and behaviour referrals have been considered when deciding upon who is eligible to buy a ticket.

If you do not have an active SchoolPay account and would like to purchase a ticket, please inform the office.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing pupils at the dances! 

Published: 29 November 2023

The Christmas Dance will be taking place on Thursday 7th December from 7pm-9.30pm.

Tickets are now available to purchase through SchoolPay.  They are £3 and can be accessed here. If you wish to attend and are eligible, please purchase tickets before the end of day on Monday 4th December.

Please note that as per Knox Academy's dance attendance policy, school attendance statistics and behaviour referrals have been considered when deciding upon who is eligible to buy a ticket.

If you do not have an active SchoolPay account and would like to purchase a ticket, please inform the office.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing pupils at the dances! 

Published: 28 November 2023

This year's Knox Young Enterprise Company will be selling their Tote Bags at the annual Young Enterprise Christmas Market.

Saturday 2 December 2023

10 am 

Gyle Shopping Centre, Edinburgh

There will be 30 teams from Edinburgh and the Lothians selling a range of products.  It would be fantastic if you could come along and show support to our team as well as getting some of your Christmas shopping done!!

Speak to the team if you want more details - Seb Alongi-Stark, Hannah Bateman, Sam Cecil, Oskaras Dalakovas, Isla Irvine and Katy Mead.


Thanks and hope to see you there!

Published: 28 November 2023

The next upcoming UCAS conferences are for aspiring Dentists at the FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Get Into Dentistry conference on Saturday 2 December 2023 9:30 am - 3 pm.  

These conferences offer tailored advice for dental, covering a range of crucial topics:
- Tactically choosing universities
- Personal statements
- Dental school interview skills
- Medical Leadership Programmes
- Awards Programmes
- Extracurricular activities
- Work experience
- Building a CV
- Applying for scholarships

We encourage both students and parents to participate in these invaluable sessions.
Spaces are limited, so students should register as soon as they can using the link below. For this reason, we kindly request that students only book one conference:  Register

Published: 28 November 2023

the Young Professionals Careers Conference is taking place in Edinburgh at the Kimpton Hotel on Tuesday 12 December 2023 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Open to all students in S4, 5 & 6 this event will be bringing together some of the world’s most prestigious employers including KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, BT, Grant Thornton, RAF and many more!  

This event is designed to increase YOUR chances of achieving the business, accounting, finance or tech career of your dreams by giving you access to insights, knowledge, a network of contacts and careers advice that you won’t get anywhere else.

This opportunity would be also be suitable for students who might be looking for work experience or graduate apprenticeships.

See Mr Flood or your PSL for more information.

Published: 28 November 2023

This is a reminder to come along to M.9 at lunchtime (Wednesday 29th) to watch our first LGBT+ film screening of the year, 'Love Simon'. The film is based on the award winning novel. Everyone is welcome!

Miss Stobie and Miss Fletcher 

Published: 28 November 2023

In this week's STEM club session on Tuesday lunchtime, we will be running lots of fun maths challenges! We'll be in Ms Goodsman's room (T1.11), so bring along your lunch and don't miss out out on a chance to win a prize! As always, new members are very welcome :)

Published: 28 November 2023

Just a reminder that there will be an extra pupil council meeting today (Tuesday 28th) during period 2 in the food court. Mrs McBride will be talking to us about the essentials hub and ways to get involved. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Published: 27 November 2023

There will be a rehearsal after school on FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2023 from 12:15 - 1:15pm for everyone involved in Knox Voices including soloists and singers from Junior Choir and Staff/Senior Choir. We will be rehearsing 'What About Us?' for the Christmas Concert on Thursday 21st December.

This will be in addition to the weekly rehearsals:

Junior Choir Tuesday 1:20 - 1:40pm

Staff/Senior Choir Wednesday 1:20 - 1:40pm

Christmas Concert tickets will be going on sale in the Music Department at Break from 1st December 2023.

£4 adult, £2 Under 18s. CASH ONLY.


Published: 23 November 2023

From the 27th November your Careers Adviser (Chris Trotter) will invite you for 10-15 minute chat about your subject choices for S3.

  • There are lots of things to consider when choosing subjects. Jobs and careers are just one thing to think about. 
  • Don't worry if you don't know what you want to do when you leave school. There is lots of time and support for you over the next few years to help you decide. 
  • Chris will also be coming to your PSE classes to give you some more information and give you some things to think about before you see him.
  • Just to clarify, you will not be choosing subject when you see him.  This is just an initial discussion to kick-start the process.
  • You will be getting a lot more information from school and you won't have to decide until later in Feb 24.

Thanks. Chris :-) 

Published: 22 November 2023

There will an assembly on exam preparation/ revision support during period 2 today (Thursday 23rd November), led by the pupil leadership team. We will cover how best to structure your revision, different methods to try for each subject and general tips on exam technique. We hope this will be useful with prelims coming up, so you can do the best you can!

Please register with your core period teacher before coming down to the hall. 

Published: 22 November 2023

Stellar Elevate is a digital technology education programme aimed at people with little or no experience in the tech sector.  It is aimed to help people learn essential skills.  Stellar Elevate gives people from all career backgrounds, or people who are just not sure where to start, the chance to break these barriers down and give a platform to get into a high demand sector with a great grounding and ISTQB qualification in just 7 weeks.

Our first course, ‘The Basics of Software Testing’, offers six lucky candidates the chance to achieve an ISTQB® foundation certificate and a vital first step into a rewarding career. Click for more information

See Mr Flood or your PSL for more details.


Published: 22 November 2023

Have you ever considered a career in the golf industry? Based in Dornoch, close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the UHI Centre for Golf offers students the chance to study Professional Golf and Golf Management BA(Hons) degrees. The Professional Golf degree is unique in Scotland and is run in partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). In addition to a wide range of special features, the centre offers access to the on-site specialist teaching facilities and equipment, including Trackman and SAM Puttlab. For more information, please visit us at:

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Published: 21 November 2023

A reminder that there will be no girls football on this Thursday 23 November 2023 due to S3 parents evening. 

Miss Stobie

Published: 20 November 2023

The LGBT+ ALLIES group will meet Wednesday lunchtime (22 November 2023) in the library to celebrate diverse literature. Ruth Fry the librarian will be chatting to the group about new and existing books at the Knox library. 


Miss Stobie and Miss Fletcher

Published: 19 November 2023

Unfortunately, the litter pick scheduled for Monday period 6 with Pear Tree Nursery has been canceled. An alternative date for the litter pick will be discussed at our meeting next Monday 27th November. Today's Eco-Committee meeting has also been postponed to next week.

Published: 19 November 2023

All pupils completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions with Venturing Out should attend a meeting in Mr Boyle's room (T2.8) on Wednesday at lunchtime, 1.20pm. Details on edubuzz email. (This does not apply to the school group that have already started training with Mr Boyle)

Published: 17 November 2023

I will be having brief, informal, careers chats with some S3 students this week.

We will just be talking about jobs or courses you might want to do in the future and how I can help you in school.

I will come and find you in class for a 15 to 20 minute chat.

Just also a reminder that, if I don't see you this week, any 3rd year students can request an appointment at any time.

Chris Trotter, Careers Adviser

Published: 16 November 2023

In order to celebrate Children In Need Day this Friday, we will be having a whole school dress down day, with each pupil being encouraged to donate £1 to dress down. All S6s will be wearing fancy dress and have collection buckets throughout the day. Remember to look out for us during registration and your period 1 classes when we tour the school to make your donations!

We will also be running fundraising events during breaktime on Friday. This will be an extended break to give everybody more time to get involved as much as they can. The activities will be 50p + and include:

  • Children In Need Bake Sale
  • 'Sponge the Teacher’
  • 'Pin the bandana on Pudsey’ (prizes up for grabs!)

Feel free to support the SPOTacular theme as well and wear something spotty!


Published: 15 November 2023

Staff/ Senior Choir  will practise today (Wednesday 15 November 2023) at 1:20 - 1:40 pm in the Music Department with Mrs Middlemiss.

We are rehearsing What About Us?  - a song about social justice - for the Christmas Concert and are hoping for lots of staff and seniors to join in so we can put on a great performance!

Looking forward to having members of the PE staff join us today! 

Published: 14 November 2023

This week (Wednesday 15 November 2023) the LGBT+ Safe Space meeting will take place in Ms Stobie's room, M.9 as Ms Fletcher is on a school trip. Thanks!

Published: 14 November 2023

JUNIOR CHOIR rehearsal is cancelled today (Tuesday 14 November 2023) because Mrs Middlemiss is not in school.

Back on next Tuesday Lunchtime! New members always welcome!

Thank you!

Published: 13 November 2023

In this week's STEM club session on Tuesday lunchtime, we will be learning about the chemistry behind lava lamps and even making our own! We'll be in Ms Goodsman's room (T1.11), so bring along your lunch and don't miss out on seeing the bubbles of gas and colourful oil globules interact! As always, new members are very welcome :)

Published: 13 November 2023

Just a reminder to all year group representatives that there will be a pupil council meeting today (Tuesday 14th November) during period 2 in the food court. Don't forget to come along and share all of your opinions and ideas!

The Pupil Leadership Team

Published: 13 November 2023

All pupils attending the French film screening trip this Wednesday 15 November 2023 should go to periods 1-3 as normal and then meet at Ms Fletcher's classroom (T1.1) promptly at the end of break (11.25am). Please ensure you bring a packed lunch and your Young Scot card. Please remember we will return to school at roughly 3.35pm, which means that pupils who rely on school buses will have to make alternative travel arrangements to get home. 

Pupils are expected to catch up on any school work missed during this day trip. Merci!

Published: 13 November 2023

Thank you to those of you who have been making regular payments for the S3 PGL Trip 2024. This message is to give you a reminder of all of the payment deadlines :

Payment schedules will run between the following dates : 

30/06/23 (£30), 31/08/23 (£36), 30/08/23 (£36), 31/10/23 (£33), 30/11/23 (£33), 

31/01/24 (£33), 29/02/24 (£33), 31/03/24 (£33), 30/04/24 (£33).

These must be adhered to in order to support the viability of a trip. If you have paid nothing or only the deposit and we have heard nothing from you by the 1st of December we will assume this is because your young person no longer wishes to attend the PGL trip. 

We are unable to adjust numbers following this date with PGL therefore it is important that we have final numbers by then. Those families who have applied for financial support, we are aware of this and we have yet to have a response from the East Lothian Education Trust. However, please be assured we will support you. If anyone else would like to apply for financial support please don't hesitate to speak to Mrs McBride.  

Published: 13 November 2023


Remember to take time this week to enjoy reading and join in on our Book Week Activities:

Tuesday - all S1-3 will be reading their books in EVERY subject for the first 10 mins so REMEMBER your books!

Wednesday - Book swap in the Assembly Hall. Get involved by bringing in your old books to swap.

Book Week Scotland 2023 – IS News Blog

Published: 13 November 2023

A reminder that the Whole Year Group photograph for S6 will be taken by Tempest on Wednesday 15 November 2023 at 9am.

This photograph will be available for parents/carers/pupils to purchase thereafter.

Perfect uniform, including blazers is expected.


Published: 13 November 2023

Meet in my room this Tuesday (14 November 2023) at 1.15 pm to discuss the Showcase on Friday 17 November 2023.

Look forward to seeing you in my room (T1.6).

Mrs Montgomery

Published: 13 November 2023

The PE Department will be closed to normal timetabled classes all day on TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2023.  This is for the S4-S6 certificated PE practical assessments.

If you have a PE class on this day be prepared to go elsewhere in the building.  The information about where your class is being sent will be on the whiteboard in the PE Corridor.

Thank you for your understanding.

Published: 10 November 2023

A N5 Spanish revision session will take place on Wednesday 15 November at lunch time in Ms. Laudi's room. The focus of this session will be listening skills. All N5 Spanish students are encouraged to attend. Students can bring their lunch to the session. 

Published: 08 November 2023

The Eco-Committee is having an extra meeting this week on Thursday 9 November 2023 to speak to Lil about the Re-Use Festival. We will be meeting in Ms. Laudi's room at lunch time as usual. 

If there are any S6 students who would like to help volunteer at the donation van by collecting donations, please attend this meeting. 

Published: 08 November 2023

The aim of this event is to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the careers available in Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector. The event is open to anyone interested in finding out more about careers in our sector.   Hear directly from those working in the sector about the exciting opportunities on offer.

VirtRural is structured so that you can either stay for the whole event, or attend individual presentations.  Click for more information here.

See Mr Flood if you have any questions.

Published: 08 November 2023

There will be an LGBT+ ALLIES meeting today (Wed 8 Nov 2023) in M.9 (Miss Stobie's) at 13:20. We have a representative from MYPAS today to speak to you about support and opportunities available in East Lothian. Please feel free to bring along your lunch and everyone is welcome!

Miss Stobie and Miss Fletcher

Published: 07 November 2023

Before the YPI final (Wednesday 8 November 2023), please register with your Period 4 class, and your teacher will take you to the Assembly Hall.

Published: 07 November 2023

Next week is Scottish Book Week! To celebrate, we will be doing two things here at Knox. On Tuesday the 14 November 2023, everyone will have the opportunity to read for 10 minutes at the start of every (yes, EVERY) lesson! So remember to bring in a book that you are currently reading. On Wednesday the 15 November 2023, we will be holding a Book Swap event in the hall where you will get to swap a book for a new (to you, at least) book! You can bring your book(s) to the English department any time leading up to the Book Swap. For extra details have a look at our Book Week videos and ask your English teacher if you have any questions. Happy reading!


Published: 07 November 2023

January (2024) Start Edinburgh College Courses are open for applications.

There are a limited number of courses available for potential school leavers in January.

Applications should be submitted ASAP.

If you would like to discuss suitable courses or get help with your application speak to Chris Trotter (Careers Adviser).

Just drop in or request an appointment.

Published: 06 November 2023

This week and from now on, our junior STEM club will run on Tuesday lunchtimes in Ms Goodsman's room (T1.11). In this week's session (07/11), we will be learning about the physics behind air vortices and even making our own vortex cannons! Feel free to bring along your lunch and don't miss on making some cool smoke rings. As always, new members are very welcome :)


Published: 06 November 2023

Lil - Haddington's plastic-free refill shop - is hosting its annual Re-Use Festival at Knox Academy this year.

It's an event where anyone in the community can get top quality gifts, clothes, homewares, toys, books, and more at a very low cost. The idea is to promote second-hand shopping because it’s better for our pockets and the planet too. Help us make secondhand everyone’s first choice by donating, attending and spreading the word. See the attached image for more information, but the key details are as follows: Saturday November 18th from 10am – 2pm at Knox Academy.

Published: 06 November 2023

Pupils involved in certificated PE at all levels are involved in the first of 2 practical performance assessments on Tuesday 14th November.

Pupils will be out of class on a rotation basis and will not be absent from classes all day.  

Schedule of pupils being assessed and times they will be out of class will be sent to all staff - so teachers will know when you should be back in their classes.

Pupils can double check their assessment time with their PE teacher and on the notice board in the PE department.  DO NOT miss your designated assessment time as you are unlikely to get another chance.

Published: 06 November 2023

This year the S6 pupils are keen to get a big house competition up and running.  Garleton vs Lammerlaw vs Traprain - who will be the best?  The start of this great battle is being held this week at lunchtimes with a dodgeball tournament in PE (1.15pm start).

  • Monday 6th Nov - S1
  • Tuesday 7th Nov - S2
  • Wednesday 8th Nov - S3
  • Thursday 9th Nov - Seniors

The competitions will not necessarily always be about sport - so please speak to your S6 House Captains if you have an idea of a competition you would like to see happening.

  • Garleton - Ellie Reynolds & Rudie Shearer
  • Lammerlaw - Luca Maccagnano-Lugton & Andrew Larkman
  • Traprain - Katy Mead & Ian Scott
Published: 03 November 2023

Interhouse Dodgeball Competition starts next week (w/c 6 November 2023) at the following times:

  • Monday - S1
  • Tuesday - S2
  • Wednesday - S3
  • Thursday - Seniors

Starts at 1.15 pm in the gym hall.  Everyone is welcome to come along and earn points for your house.

See you there!!!!

Published: 02 November 2023

Carousel Training Centre  offer Modern Apprenticeships to individuals who are passionate about working in the Early Learning and Childcare Industry.

An apprentice would be employed by a local Private Nursery or Out of School Club and would be responsible for delivering a quality program of activities for children aged 0-5 or 5-11, which develops their physical, intellectual, language and social skills in partnership with parents and qualified staff.

The Apprentice would be trained on the job to SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 7. 

To Apply Online visit our website:  or see Mr Flood for more information.

Published: 02 November 2023

Our Open Day is designed to showcase the vibrant learning environment and innovative programs that make City of Glasgow College a unique educational hub. We also want to highlight the wealth of opportunity for all students in the Nautical & STEM sectors
Here's a glimpse of what you can look forward to:
Practical Demonstrations: Engage in practical demonstrations that highlight our commitment to experiential learning.
Meet the Experts: Connect with our experienced faculty and staff to learn more about our cutting-edge curriculum and commitment to excellence.
Campus Tours: Explore our state-of-the-art facilities, including 360-degree ship’s bridge simulator, full ship’s engine simulator, STEM Lab, and engineering workshop.
Q&A Sessions: Have your questions answered by our knowledgeable staff and current students. Several companies will be present on the day offering info on engineering apprenticeships and merchant navy cadetships.
Attending our Open Day provides an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the educational landscape we provide, fostering a collaborative spirit between our institutions. We believe that by working together, we can create a more enriched learning experience for students in our local community.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to our campus on November 25th. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us at

See Mr Flood for more information.

Published: 02 November 2023

Residential Insight into University 2024 courses is now open.  

Residential Insight into University courses are Industrial Cadets accredited summer schools which can help you decide which degree course might be right for you and also enhance your UCAS application. Courses run over 4 or 5 days where Yr12/S5-6 students get a taster of university life and an insight into a specific STEM subject. Please see below the list of courses available for 2024, with some dates still to be confirmed:  

  • Materials Science at the University of Oxford, 17th June – 21st June 2024 - 4 nights residential
  • Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, 30th June – 4th July - 4 nights residential
  • Broad based Engineering at the University of Sheffield - 4 nights residential
  • Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool - 4 nights residential
  • Maths at Lancaster University, 29th July – 1st August 2024 - 3 nights residential
  • Mechanical Engineering at UCL - 3 nights residential
  • Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton, 21st July – 25th July 2024 - 4 nights residential
  • Additional courses coming soon! 

It’s just like studying at university! You will get the opportunity to experience university style lectures and work on activities and group projects with the support of academics and student mentors. Throughout the duration of the course, you will stay in halls of residence and will take part in social activities in the evenings. 

For dates, cost, requirements, content of each course and the application form, please click here

Published: 01 November 2023

In this week's STEM club session, our juniors finished their spaghetti structures and tested their ability to withstand an 'earthquake'! Prizes were awarded to the groups who had the longest-lasting and the best architectural designs (the secret is to include triangles!) - and their winning designs are pictured are below. Well done to everybody who took part and came up with so many interesting ideas - we'll see you all next week for our next project!


Published: 01 November 2023

All S3 pupils who gained a place on the school DofE programme should attend an introductory session on Thursday 6 November 20232 after school in Mr Boyle's room after school.  Please check your edubuzz email for further information.

Published: 01 November 2023

STAFF/SENIOR CHOIR will launch on Wednesday 1 November 2023!!

We will rehearse in the Music Department every Wednesday lunchtime in Mrs Middlemiss's room. This is open to every member of staff (including teachers, learning support, janitors, admin, catering etc) and students in S4-6.

Students studying voice for their SQA Music course or performing as a singer in GREASE are strongly encouraged to attend.

We will be learning the song 'What About Us?' by PINK  and will be joining forces with Junior Choir to become Knox Voices for the Christmas Concert 2023.

We will sing from 1:20 - 1:40pm (You are very welcome to eat your lunch in my room before choir starts)

Here's a sneak peak at the song: