Annual General Meeting – 21st of January 2010

The Knox Academy Parent School Partnership will hold its AGM on Thursday the 21st of January in the school hall starting at 6-30pm.  Please come along if you can.  A report on the activities of the Partnership over the last year will be presented; the results of the membership election will be announced; and there will be an opportunity for parents to raise any matters.

We hope to see you there.

The PSP.

Knox Cadets: PSP Next Steps

Early in the New Year the Knox Parent School Partnership (PSP) is hoping to arrange a meeting with the school to discuss the issue of the Knox Combined Cadet Force (CCF).  We welcome comments from parents and interested parties on this issue which will be used to inform our discussions with the school.  Comments can be submitted to this post.  Comments already submitted can be read on our previous post on this subject.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted on this web site as soon as they become available.    The Knox Academy PSP meet on a regular basis and copies of all minutes can be viewed at the following address

https://www.edubuzz.org/knoxparents/psp-meetings-minutes/

The last PSP meeting was held in Knox Academy on Wednesday 2 December 2009, the next meeting is scheduled for February 3rd,  2010.

The topic of the disbandment or otherwise of the Knox Academy CCF was not raised at the December meeting so news of the cessation of this activity has come with some surprise.

The PSP.

3rd of February Update:Thanks to all who submitted comments on this topic, which were very informative.  We have now closed this post to further comments.

Election Reminder

This is a reminder about the Parent School Partnership election which will take place in a few weeks.  We need nominations for candidates and as many parent and carer votes as possible.

To download a document which explains the arrangements for the election, click here.  A nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here.

The PSP.

The Future of Knox Academy Cadet Force

A difficulty has arisen regarding the presence of firearms at the school during Cadet Force evening sessions.  The Knox Academy Parent Council have been in touch with Mrs Craig regarding this.  Discussions are ongoing and the following statement is a status update:

Thanks to all the parents who have contacted us regarding the rumoured closure of the Cadets at Knox Academy. We have registered a note of concern with Mrs. Craig but know from previous correspondence that the school has a real concern regarding the presence of firearms on site. As it currently stands the school and the MOD are working together to get a positive resolution. We understand an open letter will be forwarded to members of the school community before the end of term.

Since this statement was made, an article has appeared in the Scotsman newspaper which can be read by clicking here.

Update: Since the above statement was issued, the Knox CCF has closed.  The school and MOD have issued a joint open letter which can be read by clicking here.

Note: During the recent site maintenance a few comments and some parts of this post inadvertently disappeared.  It is believed that everything has now been restored.

3rd of February Update:Thanks to all who submitted comments on this topic, which were very informative.  We have now closed this post to further comments.

Parents’ Meeting with Don Ledingham

On the 8th of December parent representatives of the East Lothian Association of Parent Council Members (ELAPCM) met with Don Ledingham (Director of Children’s Services and Education).

Don had requested the meeting in order to update us about the current budget planning for the next few years and the strategy for passing control of schools to trust organisations.  The full minutes of the meeting can be read by clicking the link below.  As always, comments are very welcome.

ELAPCMmeeting081209.pdf

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Knox Academy Parent School Partnership Consultation Response

Knox Academy Parent School Partnership has submitted its response to the budget consultation process.  It can be read by clicking:  budgetconsultationresponsenov2009

You can lend your support by submitting your own comments online or by email to the consultation.  Last year’s outcome suggested that the more supporting comments, the better.  The closing date for comments is Friday the 4th of December.

As an aside, the Scottish Executive have just published a statement criticising councils for the significant fall in the number of teachers.  It can be read here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/11/27103833

KAPSP

PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS TO EDUCATION

You will be aware that ELC are considering dramatic cuts in the Council budget for 2010-2013.

The budget proposals would have a very significant negative effect on our school.  In their ‘Spending Choices: Community Consultation Paper‘ ELC’s proposals include the following options:

  • ‘reduce secondary school staffing’,
  • ‘increase S1/2 Maths and English classes’
  • ‘reduce management time in school’.
  • ‘reduce management posts in schools’
  • ‘transfer schools into an educational trust or trusts’
  • changes to services such as school meals, cleaning etc.

Members of the Parent Council are gravely concerned at the impact such proposals would have on the standard of education offered to our children.

The document outlining proposed cuts can be viewed online and shows how much money we risk losing. There is an option to comment online or email your comments.  We would urge you to take advantage of this.

There are also public evening meetings at Prestonpans, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Dunbar and Tranent later in November and early December. To attend these meetings, you must first register, either online or by calling 01620 827873.

You may recall the huge amount of interest shown by parents at the last consultation event.  This had a positive effect on the education budget where eventual cuts were significantly lower and the impact on the school was not as great as first feared.

Please do make sure your opinion is heard.