School placing request form

Before you start

Use this form for children starting S1 in August 2024 to

  • apply for a school outside your catchment area
  • apply for your catchment non-denominational high school if your child is attending a Roman Catholic primary school
  • apply for your catchment Roman Catholic high school if your child is attending a non-denominational primary school
  • provide proof of baptism in the Roman Catholic faith, details of older siblings attending or exceptional reasons for admission to your Roman Catholic catchment school.

Decision on your request

We’ll send you a letter to tell you our decision on your request. When you receive your decision letter depends on when you send your request.

Requests received

  • up to and including 24 December 2023 will be notified before the end of March 2024
  • between 25 December 2023 and 15 March 2024 will be notified before the end of April 2024
  • after 15 March 2024 will be notified within two months of the received date.

Begin school placing request

Privacy statement

We, the City of Edinburgh Council, use the information you provide to process your application for a school place.

Where allowed by law, we may pass your information to organisations such as

  • the Scottish Government
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HM Revenue and Customs.

We may check information you have provided, or information about you that someone else has provided, with information we hold.

We may get information about you from third parties, or give them information to

  • make sure the information is accurate
  • prevent or detect crime
  • protect public funds.

These third parties include

  • government departments
  • local authorities
  • private-sector companies, such as banks and organisations that lend you money. 

We use your information to research and plan how we operate our schools. The information may be shared externally for statistical analysis and this will be in an anonymised form.

We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless the law requires us to.

We may use your information to identify whether you are eligible for educational benefits, such as free school meals or clothing grants.

Your information will be held for a period of two years after the start of the school year to which the application relates.

We are the data controllers for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Read our privacy policy for details.