Apply for a school place
Enrolling in primary school
Enrollment for 2021/22 is currently closed.
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, 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.
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. You can also order a birth certificate here.
- 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.) - If you don't have a paper bill, you can download a copy of your council tax bill from within your online account here.
- The council tax notification must be your most recent bill
- The 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.
Enrolling in secondary school
Enrolment for 2021/22 is currently closed.
If you’re child currently goes to a Fife Primary School and you want them to attend your catchment High school, you don’t need to do anything. Primary Schools provide their local secondary school with a list of their catchment and non-catchment pupils currently attending the Primary School who are expected to attend the associated secondary school.
If you’re new to Fife and you want to enrol your child into your local secondary you should contact the school directly if you know what your local secondary school is. If you don’t know, you can use our school catchment area checker and then contact the school directly.
For academic session 2022/23, a new process will be introduced in early December 2021 for all enrolments, including placing requests. All parents of P7 pupils will be asked to complete an online form for secondary schools and this form will give an option to submit an application to another school of choice.
Through the online process, the form will request:
- your child's name and date of birth
- the primary school they currently attend
- the catchment school associated with your home address, and
- the option to make a parental placing request to another high school
Through the online enrolment process and for other written placing requests, parents/carers should also give any special reasons for making the request using the drop down menu.
It will be helpful to indicate if your child has additional support needs and what these needs are. Your application will be considered in terms of the legislation established in the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, and the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.
If you are considering moving your child at the P7 stage, please let your current primary school know your request.
Parents will be advised through their groupcall email/text from their enrolled primary school when the system is live in December.