General News

Published: 15 January 2009

Books of the month will be announced on the second Wednesday of each month.  This initiative aims to promote recommendations from the School Librarian, English Dept and pupils of Knox Academy to get pupils reading!!   From February the Pupil Recommendation will be selected from a draw of the books pupils have nominated as their own personal favourite however this month the book has been selected based on borrowing statistics.

January Recommendations:

Pupil Recommendation
Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson

Classic of the Month
Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott

English Recommend
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Mr Plain Recommends
The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn: The Museum’s Secret by Henry Chancellor


Published: 14 January 2009

We are reaching that time of year again when sickness bugs are doing the rounds.  For information please see following link to the Health Protection Agencies pages on the norovirus or the attached FAQ document.  

The key aspects to note to prevent spread are the need for scrupulous hygiene, particularly during food preparation, and the need for those affected to remain away from work/school for 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.


Published: 12 January 2009

Reminder to S3 parents/carers that there is a Parents' Evening on Wednesday 21st January from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. 

S3 progress reports were issued on Thursday 15th January and were accompanied by an appointments sheet.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school office should you require additional information.


Published: 07 January 2009

At present, any young people (16-18) who exchange their rail voucher for a Scottish Youth Railcard under the Scotland-Wide Concessionary Travel Scheme for Young People can enjoy various discounts when travelling by train within Scotland.  Up until now young people have been able to obtain a third discount on season tickets – monthly, annual etc.

Please note that as of 1 January 2009, the discount on season tickets has been increased to 50%.  This means that any young people who use trains on a regular basis can benefit from a 50% saving on their season ticket and are not subject to any peak time restrictions.


Published: 06 January 2009

As part of the ongoing catchment area review for East Linton Primary School, Knox Academy will be offering an additional parents' evening for pupils and parents/carers of the school.  This event will take place on Thursday 22nd January 2009.  Additional information is available from East Linton Primary School, the Education Department or from Mr Duddin (DHT) at Knox Academy.

We look forward to seeing you there.  If you are unable to attend and/or have any queries that our website cannot answer, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01620 823387 or


Published: 04 January 2009

Mrs Craig and all the staff of Knox Academy wish all our pupils a Happy New Year ... remember, school opens again at 8.44am on Monday 5th January 2009.


Published: 22 December 2008

A number of staffing changes will take place from Monday 5th January 2009. 

  • Mrs Grant (Guidance) will take up post as acting Head of Biology, following the retiral of Mrs Chapman at the end of term. 
  • Mr Greenaway (PE) will take up post as acting Principal Teacher Guidance to cover the caseload of Mrs Grant. 


Published: 19 December 2008

Congratulations to the S6 pupils involved in the pantomime this year ... Aladdin! 

An evening performance will take place on Thursday 8th January - tickets will be on sale during the first week back.


Published: 18 December 2008

Another fantastic Christmas Concert took place on Wednesday 17th December 2008. 

The evening got off to a rousing start with the entry of the Knox Academy Pipe Band, and ended with a moving rendition of Auld Lang Syne by the Senior Choir. 

In between the audience was treated to a range of musical items including soul music, christmas carols and orchestral numbers. 

Congratulations to the many talented pupils (and staff) who took part and made the evening the success it was ... they are a credit to the school.

A copy of the programme is attached.


Published: 16 December 2008

This year 16 tutors groups entered the annual interhouse Christmas Box Competition. 

The theme for 2008 was 'Pantomime' and each tutor group had to create a box decorated accordingly. 

Once decorated, boxes are filled with lots of tasty goodies and distributed to the elderly throughout the local community. 

We're never sure which the recipients prefer ... the contents or the decoration!!


The 2008 prizes were awarded to...

House Prizes
Garleton - 2G1
Lammerlaw - 1L2
Traprain - 4T3

1st Prize - 1G2
2nd Prize - 1T2
3rd Prize - 1T1

Highly Commended - 2L2

Two special mentions...

Well done to S1 - every tutor group entered a box (50% of the entries!) which you'll see reflected in the prizes.  You made a real effort and the boxes were fantastic!

Congratulations to the Admin Team - this year the office ladies entered a box on the theme of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs ... complete with musical accompaniment.  They didn't win any prizes but get a special mention for enthusiasm and team spirit!