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.

If you apply and provide satisfactory proof of residence, we will provide a place for your child at one of your catchment schools if one is available, if you will still be living at the same address at the start of session in August 2022. However we cannot guarantee a place at one of your catchment schools if you apply after 24 December 2021.

If you live outside the catchment area of your preferred school you also 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, but we recommend you still register. Read about deferring entry 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 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 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, 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 a place in Primary 1

Moving to a new address

If you are moving to a new address before 31 July 2022 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 are moving before the school year starts in August 2022.

  • 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.

We cannot guarantee a place at one of your catchment schools if you apply after 24 December 2021.

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

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

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. Due to working remotely we can't take calls just now.

We receive a high volume of enquiries and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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