Start primary school

Apply for P1

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If your child's date of birth is between 1 March 2016 and 29 February 2017 they are due to start primary school in August 2021.

If you are in the City of Edinburgh Council area you must register your child for P1 at one of your catchment schools.

Registration opens on Monday 9 November 2020.

We aim to place all children in one of their catchment primary schools if they are registered before the end of February 2021. If you live outside the catchment area you need to make a placing request and will only receive a place if one is available.

Section two of the Placing in Schools guide outlines how to apply for P1.

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Download the school placements privacy notice - PDF

Apply for your place

You have a choice of two catchment schools

  • non-denominational
  • Roman Catholic (RC).

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.

Decisions on school places

Decisions on non-catchment placing requests and requests for Roman Catholic schools will be made by the end of March 2021.

Primary schools open day

Our primary schools will be holding an open day on Wednesday 4 November 2020. This is a great chance for you to visit and find out what your catchment school is like.

Moving to the catchment area

If you are moving into a different school catchment area before your child starts primary school, you should not register at the school in advance. Instead, you should complete a change of address form after registrations open on 9 November.

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