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Moving from primary to secondary school

Children in P7 are allocated a place at a secondary school. This place is based on their catchment area if your child is

  • at a City of Edinburgh Council primary school
  • living in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

We will send a letter in November 2023 to parents of children in P7 confirming the allocated high school based on the address held on the school record.

About your child's high school place

The school we allocate is the same denomination as your child's primary school, so if your child attends

  • a non-denominational primary school we allocate your catchment non-denominational high school
  • an RC primary school we allocate your catchment Roman Catholic (RC) high school.

You can ask us to change the allocated catchment school if the other is your first preference.

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.

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.

Section three of the Placing in Schools guide tells you more about the procedure for S1 places.

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

Change your allocated catchment school or request a school outside your catchment area

You can ask us to change your allocated catchment school or you can make a request for a school in a different catchment area.

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

If you request to change your catchment school and make a placing request, the placing request will be treated as your first preference.

Applications open in November 2023 for children starting school in August 2024.

Section four of the Placing in Schools guide tells you more about the procedures for placing requests.

Further reading

Download the Placing in Schools guide - PDF

Read Choosing a School: A Guide for Parents on the Scottish Government website.

Download the S1 school places FAQ for parents - PDF

Download our admissions policy - PDF

Download our admissions procedure - PDF

Download the school placements privacy notice - PDF

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