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Handbook 2011 12

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Contents
Welcome 2Knox Academy 3Staff List 2010/2011 4
School Stafng Structure
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School Dress and Kit
6School Holidays 7School Day 8Attendance 8
Assessment and Reporting 1
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Support for Pupils 1
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Careers Provision 2
0Discipline 21
School Community and Beyond 2
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Parents 2
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Useful Telephone Numbers 2
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Extra Curricular Activities 2
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Sporting Activities 3
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Outdoor Education 3
1Index to Appendices 34
Administrative Information 5
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WelCome
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the 2011-2012 Knox Academy Handbook.The school is a six-year comprehensive, offering a wide curriculum of certicate courses and an extensivechoice of cultural, sporting and outdoor activities. Pupils are encouraged to develop a variety of interestsand abilities in order to full their potential. The school aims to arm pupils with the skills needed for themto take their place in the community, employment or further and higher education.This Handbook provides information regarding the structures that are in place to ensure a caring andorderly environment in the school enabling pupils to develop into condent and capable young adults.If the Prospectus does not answer all your questions, please contact the school to seek clarication orfurther information. Also, parents are encouraged to visit the school; please contact the school ofce toarrange an appointment.Partnership with parents is an important part of Knox Academy and I look forward to meeting you at parents’evenings, school functions or on an individual basis. This Handbook is one element of our communicationwith parents and I commend it to you.Very best wishes, J B CraigHeadteacherAs we approach the end of our time at Knox Academy, we are at the stageof considering our future plans and the transition we will make into thewider world. However, part of preparing for the future is to think about thepast, and with us this mainly comprises of our time at Knox Academy, andlooking back, we realise how Knox Academy has prepared us well for whatis to come. Not only have we had opportunities academically, but in manyother areas, preparing us with a well rounded education.Thinking back to 2005 when we were in Primary 7, the thought of thetransition from a small primary school to a large secondary like Knox Academywas certainly somewhat daunting. But the transition process Knox Academyorganises could not have been more appropriate, providing everyone involvedwith a smooth and easy transition to a whole new way of learning.A typical day at Knox Academy is not just about what goes on inside theclassroom but a mix of lessons, extra-curricular activities and social opportunities. Knox Academy is aschool that realises that teaching and learning should not just be a classroom activity, and pupils are verymuch encouraged to make the most of the school day, taking advantage of the many clubs and groups.Whether your child is interested in sport, music or drama, you can be assured that they will nd somethingthat appeals to them. Knox Academy also offers a wide range of excursions and residential trips that areopen to all pupils offering experiences that are not only educational, but also extremely enjoyable.Knox Academy also promotes how important the views of the pupils are in the running of the school,and every pupil gets the chance to be elected for the School Council – an experience that can be veryvaluable. Groups like the School Council help promote a positive ethos and build up a real communityspirit within the school.Knox Academy is a modern school that has many excellent facilities thanks to a large-scale regenerationproject that took place just before we arrived here. These, together with the teaching staff provide anexcellent environment for learning and provide every pupil with the best education possible.Our time at Knox Academy has been an extremely enjoyable experience, and one that has provided uswith not only a great education, but also the skills that will allow us to go on and reach our goals in laterlife. We leave Knox Academy with only good things to say, and we have no doubts that the educationprovided here will always be of the same standard that we have been so lucky to experience.A Gilmour Head BoyR Szymoszowskyj Head Girl
 
 
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Knox ACAdemy
Knox Academy, Haddington, is the descendant of a medieval grammar school and was dedicated to JohnKnox at the end of the 19th century.It is a non-denominational and co-educational school whose roll (at September 2010) was 825.Knox Academy has an extensive campus and the recent major refurbishment and rebuild have provideda combination of new and remodelled facilities. These facilities are accessible to all pupils. Facilitiesinclude a Drama room and Seminar rooms as well as social areas for the pupils. All classrooms and theLibrary are connected to the Internet and Intranet.The school has extensive playing elds and new sports facilities featuring a full-size Games Hall andGymnasium. For swimming lessons PE classes have use of the Aubigny Sports Centre in the town.The Cluster Primary schools are King’s Meadow Primary School, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary Schoolin Haddington and Yester Primary School in Gifford.
 Aims of the School (under review)
1. To offer each pupil the highest possible standard of education through a balanced,appropriate curriculum, providing opportunities for pupils to achieve at the highest levels.2. To help each pupil to develop skills and increased knowledge and understanding inpreparation for adult life.3. To develop a positive atmosphere in which each pupil enjoys and values learning and reaches theirfull potential.4. To promote positive attitudes, personal responsibility, self-discipline and respect for others.5. To create a secure, caring environment where everyone is trusted and valued.6. To develop a genuine partnership between all staff, pupils, parents and the local community.7. To promote loyalty and pride in the school community.8. To promote the professional development of staff.9. To continue to improve the examination results of the school.
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Preparation for the enrolment of pupils from P7 begins in the autumn preceding their entry to secondaryschool. An open evening for P7 parents and pupils is held in October. The actual date of the OpenEvening is sent to our cluster primary schools and announced in the local press. Any parent unable toattend the Open Evening should telephone the school ofce to agree a mutually convenient time to visitthe school and speak to a member of the school’s Management Team. In June preceding the new sessionin August there is a parents’ evening and pupils transferring pay a two-day visit to the school, followingtheir timetables and meeting teachers.Normally children attend the catchment area school known as the district school. Pupils in the ClusterPrimary Schools will automatically transfer to S1. Parents wishing to enrol their child at Knox Academyfrom outwith the catchment area should follow the procedures given in the information which will be sentout to their home address when their child is in P7. Admittance for pupils outwith the catchment area issubject to vacancies being available. It should be noted that attendance at a non-district primary doesnot mean transfer to the attached secondary school. The school is always willing to provide informationand discuss any problems or difculties with prospective parents.

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