Start primary school

Apply for P1

If your child's date of birth is between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019 they are due to start primary school in August 2023.

If you live in the City of Edinburgh Council area you must register your child for P1 when registration opens in November 2022.

If you live outside the catchment area of your preferred school you need to make a placing request. You will only receive a place if one is available.

You can apply to defer your child's entry to P1 for a year. Read about deferring entry to P1.

Section two of the Placing in Schools guide tells you more about applying for P1.

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Register for P1

Registration for P1 opens in November 2022.

You have a choice of two catchment schools

  • non-denominational
  • Roman Catholic (RC).

If you want your child to be taught in Gaelic, you can instead choose to apply for Edinburgh’s Gaelic school, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce. No knowledge of the language is needed for entry to P1. If you live outside the City of Edinburgh area, you cannot register but you may instead submit a placing request for Taobh na Pàirce.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a place at one of your catchment schools and we we may offer you the nearest school which has a place available.

Section nine of the Placing in Schools guide tells you more about moving address.

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Request a school outside your catchment area

You can also make one placing request for a school in a different catchment area.

Placing request applications open in November 2022.

Section four of the Placing in Schools guide outlines the procedures for placing requests.

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Further reading

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

Download the School places FAQ for parents - PDF

Download our admissions policy - PDF

Download our admissions procedure - PDF

Download the school placements privacy notice - PDF

Contact us

Please use our contact form for any enquiries you have.

We receive a high volume of enquiries and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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