Start primary school

Apply for P1

If your child's date of birth is between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 they are due to start primary school in August 2022.

If you are in the City of Edinburgh Council area you must register your child for P1 using our online form. Registration opens on 1 November 2021.

You can apply to defer your child's entry to P1 for a year, but we recommend you still register. Read about deferring entry to P1.

If you live outside the catchment area of the school you wish your child to attend, you can make a separate placing request in addition to registering.

Detailed procedures for P1 registration will be available to download here in mid-October 2021.

Download the school placements privacy notice - PDF

Register for P1

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 register for Edinburgh’s Gaelic school, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce. No knowledge of the language is needed for entry to P1.

If too many children register for the RC school, we give priority to children who are baptised in the Roman Catholic faith.

Children who are turned down at their RC school are given a place in their non-denominational school.

Request a school outside your catchment area

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

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

Placing requests will open on 1 November 2021.

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