Decisions on school places

School allocations for P1 and S1 places - August 2021

School allocation decisions

On 26 March 2021 we completed the first round of school allocations for P1 and S1 places starting in August 2021.

This includes decisions on

  • all non-catchment placing requests received up to 24 December 2020, and
  • all catchment Roman Catholic school requests received up to 28 February 2021.
  • all requests to change the preferred catchment secondary school received up to 28 February 2021.

All decisions are notified to parents by letter by 2 April 2021.

If you registered for P1 at your non-denominational catchment primary school - you will NOT receive a decision letter, this will instead be confirmed by the school later.

Later requests will be answered at a later date.

Places in non-denominational catchment schools

Children registered for P1 before 1 March 2021 are guaranteed a place in one of their catchment schools.

P7 children due to go to high school are allocated a provisional place in their catchment high school.

If your child was provisionally allocated a place in their RC high school and you made a placing request for your non-denominational catchment school, we have granted these requests.

Schools will contact parents to confirm places and arrange inductions before the beginning of June 2021.

All catchment places are reserved on the understanding children will be resident at the same address by the start of term in August 2021.

Places in Roman Catholic catchment schools

Children who are baptised in the Roman Catholic faith are guaranteed a place in their catchment Roman Catholic school if we received proof of baptism by 28 February 2021.

All decisions are notified by letter.

Turned down requests

If your request has been turned down, please read through your letter carefully. You can

  • appeal against our decision to the Placing in Schools Appeal Committee
  • ask us for a place in an alternative school which has available places. The schools with available places are listed on page 2.

Please do not send your appeals to us as these are dealt with by our Committee Services divison.

Read about the appeals process.

Waiting list movement

Initially there is unlikley to be much movement on waiting lists. Decisions on nursery deferrals and special schools and classes will be made in April, which may create some additional places.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with an update each time your waiting position changes, however if a place becomes available we will contact you to let you know.