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Moving from primary to secondary school

Children in P7 are allocated a place at a secondary school. This place is based on their catchment area if your child is

  • at a primary school run by us
  • living in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

We sent a letter to parents in early November 2018, telling you which school has been allocated.

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

Section three of the Placing in Schools guide outlines the procedure for S1 places.

Download the Placing in Schools guide (PDF, 141 KB)
Download the school placements privacy notice (PDF, 39 KB)

Apply for your place

You have a choice of two catchment schools

  • non-denominational
  • Roman Catholic (RC).

If too many children are allocated to the RC school, priority will be given 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.

Apply for your Roman Catholic catchment school

Moving to the catchment area

If you are moving into a different school catchment area before your child starts secondary school, you should complete a change of address form.

Tell us you are changing address

Further reading

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

Download our admissions policy (PDF, 86 KB)
Download our admissions procedure (PDF, 147 KB)

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