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.

If you are moving into or within the area you can apply for your new catchment school by filling in the change of address form.

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.

If your child was born after 28 February 2019 you can request they start a year early. Read about early admission 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

You should have registered by 18 November 2022 as this helps as assess the demand for places at each school.

If you haven't registered yet, you can still do so up to 24 December 2022. After this date registration will close and we cannot guarantee a place will be available in one of your catchment schools.

When you register you will be asked to choose your preferred catchment school of three. Your

  • non-denominational catchment school
  • Roman Catholic (RC) catchment school
  • Edinburgh's Gaelic primary school, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce.

No knowledge of the language is needed for entry to the Gaelic school. If you live outside the City of Edinburgh area, you cannot register but you may instead submit a placing request for Taobh na Pàirce.

Places at RC schools are not guaranteed, and we give priority to children who are baptised in the Roman Catholic faith. Where we cannot offer a place, most children are given a place in their non-denominational catchment school.

Section five of the Placing in Schools guide tells you more about how we allocate places in RC schools.

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Register your child for P1

Moving to a new address

If you are moving to a new address before 31 July 2023 you need to tell us.

Complete the Change of Address form as soon as you know your new address. You can fill in the form in advance of your move, provided you will be settled in your new address before 31 July 2023.

  • If you currently live in the Edinburgh area, you should register for P1 using your current address AND complete the change of address form
  • If you currently live outside the Edinburgh area, do not register - simply complete the change of address form.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a place at one of your catchment schools if you apply after 24 December 2022. In these cases 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

Tell us your new address

Request a school outside your catchment area

If your preferrence is a school in a different catchment area, you can make a placing request for that school.

You can only apply for one school initially. If your request is turned down you can apply for an alternative school at that time.

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

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Make a placing request

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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