Apply for a school place

If you want to apply for a place in a school, the application process depends on the year group you are applying for.

Before you apply, find your catchment area. We recommend you apply to one of your catchment schools in the first instance.

Apply for a place for children starting in P1 or S1 in August 2024

Admissions for children starting P1 or S1 for the first time are managed by the Schools Transactions team.

Find out how to register for Primary 1.

If your child is in Primary 7, find out about starting secondary school.

Apply for an in-year place or changing schools

Apply directly to the school.

Carefully check if school places are available if you are considering moving house. Where possible, schools reserve places for children moving into the catchment area. However,  there is no guarantee of a place at your catchment school.

Please download the request form, complete and return it to your preferred catchment school.

You may also request a school outside your catchment area. This will only be granted if there is a place available.

Before you apply, download the year group checker to find out which year group you should apply for.

Download the year group checker (PDF, 100KB)

Download the request for school place form (Word document, 122 KB)

Find primary schools

Find secondary schools

Once you have applied

You will receive a letter with the decision as soon as possible. Please allow extra time to account for school holidays.

If we don't grant your request your child will go on a waiting list. We prioritise waiting lists based on when we received your request.

If your catchment school is full they place you on its waiting list. You must contact other schools to find a place.

Early admissions to Primary 1

Find out about early admissions to Primary 1.