Applying for a school place
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The City of Edinburgh is divided into catchment areas. Every household in Edinburgh has a catchment area associated with it, where you would be given priority admission (with the exception of our Gaelic education provision).
Please note that your nearest school may not be your catchment school.
School registration normally commences mid November each year.
You register your child for Primary 1 in the November before the year your child is due to start school. Late registrations are accepted but will be subject to the availability of places. Birth certificates and proof of residence (council tax assessment letter and a recent utility bill) must be produced at the time of registration. Application forms for enrolment in a non catchment primary school will be available from any council or private provider nursery or primary school at this time.
For more information about school places, download the Placing in Schools booklet.
General information on making placing requests in Scotland is available on the Scottish Government's publication "Choosing a School".