Start primary school

Apply for P1 at the start of the school year

If your child's date of birth is between 1 March 2013 and 28 February 2014 they are due to start primary school in August 2018. If you are in the City of Edinburgh Council area you must register your child for P1 at one of your catchment schools during registration week.

Registration week is 6 - 10 November 2017.

Download information on applying for a school place below. This will be updated in mid-October.

You are only guaranteed a place in the primary school if you live in the catchment area. If you live outside the catchment area you need to make a placing request and 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 2018. 

Primary schools open day

Our primary schools will be holding an open day on Thursday 2 November 2017. This is a great chance for you to visit and find out what your catchment school is like.

Moving to the catchment area

If you are moving into a different school catchment area before August 2018, you should not register at the school in advance. Please complete the change of address form in November 2017.

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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