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Enrolling in school

Parents and carers enrolling their child(ren) for Primary one or looking to request a place for their child(ren) at another school, which isn’t their catchment school, for the 2021/22 session can now do this quickly and easily online.

We’re trialling a new online application form, in part due to the Coronavirus but also to make things easier for parents and carers.

The form can be accessed by clicking on the button below. Before accessing the form, you will need to set up a mygov.Scot “myaccount” at www.mygov.scot/myaccount if you do not already have one.  You will need this account throughout your child’s education. Once you’ve set this account up, you will then be able to enrol your child(ren) or make a placing request using the online form. To help you create a mygov.Scot account we’ve made a short ‘how to’ video.

If you are happy to send your child to their catchment school, we would ask you to register your child by completing the online form before 15 February 2021 to allow school staff to review the information.

As part of the online enrolment process parents/carers will also be required to upload photos of verification documents in support of the application. These are:

  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • 2 forms of proof that you live in the school’s catchment area (for example, council tax notification form, utility bill or child tax credit form.) - The council tax notification form/ utility bill must not be more than 6 months old.

In normal circumstances, all pupils applying for a place at their catchment school will be guaranteed a place.  However, if there is an over-subscription of pupils for the number of P1 places available, the school will get back in touch with these parents.

What if there are no places available at the local school?

If you move to a new area after April, you may find that there are no places available in your catchment school.  In these circumstances your child would be placed at another school and go on a waiting list for the catchment school.

Children on the waiting list are allocated a place on a priority basis:

  • Priority 1 - children living within the catchment area
  • Priority 2 - children with a sibling (or siblings) already attending the school
  • Priority 3 - closeness to the school

For more information about choosing a school, the Scottish Government has produced a publication called 'Choosing a School' This provides guidance for parents on the placing request system.

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