Time running out for primary school places

Tomorrow (Friday 14 November) is the last day to register children as Registration Week closes for prospective primary school pupils.

If a child is due to start P1 in August 2015, parents/carers must register their child this week.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said parents should register their child at their local catchment school rather than expecting to get them into another school in a different part of the city.

He said: “I'd encourage everyone to register their child at their local school and support their local community. We want to see thriving local schools at the heart of the community, so instead of making an out of catchment request I’d encourage parents to work with their local school.

“Our rising primary school rolls, with the number of pupils expected to peak at nearly 31,000 by 2019, mean there are fewer spaces available at schools across the city.

“Last week head teachers opened their schools up so parents were able to see first hand the benefits of sending their children to their local school – not just for the families involved but for the community where they live. 

“The increase in pupils and pressures on classroom spaces will be with us for many years and parents have an important role to play in helping us tackle this issue by choosing to send their child to their local school.”

Registration has to be in person and everyone should contact their local school to find out what time they can register.

When deciding the school parents want their child to attend, there are a number of important points that need to be taken into account:

· Placements are allocated to children based on their residence at the time of allocation. All parents must provide proof of residency for a catchment place when they register their child for school.

· A child is only entitled to a place in the primary school where they attend nursery if they live in the catchment area. 

· Catchment places will only be guaranteed to children living in a primary school catchment by 28 February 2015.  Where a denominational Roman Catholic school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to catchment baptised Roman Catholics.

· If a placing request is successful for one child, this does not guarantee that requests for younger children will be successful.  This could mean that younger children would attend a different school to their older siblings.

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