February 2021

Published: 19 February 2021

An online questionnaire to gather the views of local communities on the council’s existing learning estate will go live on Monday (22 February 2021).

Phase 1 of the Learning Estate Review pre-consultation has been designed to offer schools and communities the opportunity to share their opinions on the condition of the existing learning estate. The pre-consultation will also gather views on how well the school estate supports learning.

The questionnaire will run from 22 February – 15 March 2021 on the council’s Consultation Hub, to provide an easy and accessible way for people to participate.

Phase 2 of the process will involve a series of online community engagement workshops, which will run from 10 – 28 May.

The survey is available to view here and will be live for responses from Monday 22 February 2021.

Published: 19 February 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to let you know about the new Schools/ ELC Asymptomatic Testing Programme, which is being put in place as part of the package of COVID-19 risk reduction mitigations in schools across Scotland, and to give you more information about how the programme will operate in our school. Full details are available in the letter issued from our Head Teacher on 19 February 2021.

Published: 18 February 2021

I hope you are all safe and well and your young person is engaging well in the first week of remote learning following the February break. As I said in my letter to you on Tuesday, I am now writing out to you all with our planned return for our senior phase pupils who are following practical subjects at Knox Academy. Full details are available in the letter issued from our Head Teacher on 18 February 2021.

Published: 18 February 2021

Undecided about choosing Computing Science next year? Read on!

The digital world is vital to everyday life - socially, technologically and economically. I shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication.

It's also vital for understanding many other fields including science, economics, business and industry.

So, don't rule it out. Think carefully about what part you can play in the needs of society today and for the future and consider taking Computing Science to develop skills for learning, life and work. There are so many fields, opportunities and career pathways - look at these Job Profiles to find out!

The video below gives a great flavour of the many reasons to choose Computing Science and you can find some more here.

 

Course Choice information for Session 2021/2022 is now available on the Course Choice area of our website:

  • S2 into S3 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 1 March 2021
  • S3 into S4 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 22 February 2021
  • S4 into S5 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 8 March 2021
  • S5 into S6 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 15 March 2021
Published: 15 February 2021

You may have seen recent news reports highlighting the risk of online grooming and radicalisation of young people during the current pandemic lockdown.

More and more pupils are now being home-schooled and spending more time online than normal. Without realising, your child could potentially be the target for online radicalisers and extremists. This is not just relevant to lockdown, but the risk is more prevalent during this time. Full details are available in the letter issued 15 February 2021 from East Lothian Council Prevention Team and Police Scotland.

Published: 06 February 2021

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

Closing Date: Sunday 21 February 2021

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

Published: 05 February 2021

Course Choice information for Session 2021/2022 is now available on the Course Choice area of our website:

  • S2 into S3 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 1 March 2021
  • S3 into S4 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 22 February 2021
  • S4 into S5 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 8 March 2021
  • S5 into S6 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 15 March 2021

The last question on the Google Form asks the pupil to confirm that their parent/carer is aware of the choices being submitted i.e. we will take this as equivalent to a parent/carer signature. Once the form has been submitted, the pupil will receive a copy of the Form as they have submitted it, so that they/ you have a copy.

Any questions relating to coursing should be directed to your young person’s Pupil Support Leader (Guidance Teacher) in the first instance.

David Russell
Depute Head Teacher

Published: 02 February 2021

LGBT+ History Month dates for your diary:

 

Published: 01 February 2021

Both in the remote learning survey feedback and at Parent Council on Thursday 28 January 2021, parents/carers asked for a little more information on Google Classroom  so they could help their young person navigate it and also so they know how much work they are getting/what they are submitting.  I hope you find that this document provides some helpful advice for you.

 

Published: 01 February 2021

There is a Digital Drop-in every week day from 3.30pm - 5.30pm. More details are available at Midlothian Young People's Advice Service.