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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.

Allocations begin on 4 November 2019. We send a letter to parents confirming the allocated school before this date.

We aim to place all children in one of their catchment secondary schools if they are resident in the catchment area before the end of February 2020. 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, 251 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.

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 after the allocations process begins.

Further reading

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

Download the school places FAQ for parents (PDF, 354 KB)
Download our admissions policy (PDF, 86 KB)
Download our admissions procedure (PDF, 147 KB)

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