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A star – bubbly and fun, with splendid auburn locks and trendy eBay shoes. ‘I love it, the best job in the world,’ she says of her role. She took this editor with enormous pride to see her pièce de résistance, Tots and Teens, a proper nursery where embryo nursery nurses – not to mention a whole raft of other teenagers – help to look after local youngsters. Blue new-build looks spectacular (cleverly organised so that the gym and sports hall will be available to locals). Food here is good – healthy eating a priority (eat your heart out, Jamie Oliver)...

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What the school says...

Knox Academy, Haddington, is the descendant of a medieval grammar school and was dedicated to John Knox at the end of the 19th century. It is a non-denominational and co-educational school. Knox Academy has an extensive campus and the major refurbishment and rebuild have provided a combination of new and remodelled facilities. These facilities are accessible to all pupils. Facilities include a Drama and Seminar rooms as well as social areas for the pupils. All classrooms and the Library are connected to the Internet and Intranet.

The school has extensive playing elds and sports facilities featuring a full-size Games Hall and Gymnasium. For swimming lessons PE classes have use of the Aubigny Sports Centre in the town. The Cluster Primary schools are Kings Meadow Primary School, St Marys Roman Catholic Primary School in Haddington and Yester Primary School in Gifford.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Interim Head teacher

Since August 2018, Susan Cook, previously acting head at Trinity Academy in Edinburgh. With a background in PE, she has also worked at Drummond Community High School, Leith Academy and Tynecastle Academy.

Academic matters

Keen on Curriculum for Excellence, the school is inclusive. Thirty pupils per class, 20 for practical stuff, and streaming in maths. (Busy maths club, popular with high flyers.) Does well – strategies in place throughout.

S3 pupils have the choice of including literacy, numeracy or The Prince’s Trust (which covers both, but includes life skills, independence and team work) as part of their personal curriculum at National 4 level. Massive choice at S4, including practical woodworking and hospitality (practical cookery). Oddly enough, not a lot of take up in computer games design. Otherwise, expect the usual...

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