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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 primary school run by us
  • living in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

Provisional places were allocated at the end of October 2020 and we sent letters to parents confirming the allocated school by 13 November 2020.

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

Section three of the Placing in Schools guide outlines the procedure for S1 places.

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 are allocated to the RC school, priority will be given 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.

Moving to a new address

If you are moving into a different school catchment area before your child starts secondary school, you should complete a change of address form.

Tell us about your new address

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.

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