Start primary school

Apply for P1 at the start of the school year

If your child's date of birth is between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2013 they are due to start primary school in August 2017. If you are in the City of Edinburgh Council area you must register your child for P1 at one of your catchment schools.

If you have not registered your child yet, please contact your catchment school directly to make an appointment.

Bring your child's birth certificate and proof of address when you register.

Download information on applying for a school place below. 

You will only be guaranteed a place in the primary school if you live in the catchment area.  If you live outside the catchment area you will need to make a placing request and you will only receive a place if one is available.

Apply for your place 

You have a choice of two catchment schools

  • non-denominational
  • Roman Catholic (RC).

If too many children register for the RC school, we give priority to children who are baptised in the Roman Catholic faith.

Children who are turned down at their RC school are given a place in their non-denominational school. If you are affected by this we will send you a letter in March 2017. 

Primary schools open day

If you missed the open day on 2 November 2016 and would like to visit your catchment school, please contact them directly.

Moving to the catchment area

If you are moving into a different school catchment area before August 2017, you cannot register at the school in advance. Please complete the Change of Address form below.

Further reading

Download below

  • the Placing in Schools guide - section two outlines how to apply for P1
  • our admissions policy

and read Choosing a School: A Guide for Parents on the Scottish Government website.

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