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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.

We will send a letter in October 2021 to parents of children starting P7 in August 2021 confirming the allocated high school, based on the address held on the school record.

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

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.

All children starting S1 in August 2021 should by now have a place allocated. However, if you have recently moved or are moving to Edinburgh before 18 August 2021 and wish to apply for S1, complete the change of address form.

Tell us your new address

Decisions on school places

Decisions on non-catchment placing requests and requests for Roman Catholic schools were made on 26 March 2021.

Read about the decisions.

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