Apply for a school place

Every household in the Scottish Borders is within a school catchment area. Normally you will be given a priority place in the primary or secondary school within your catchment area. However it is also possible to apply for a place in a school that is not in your catchment area.

Please note that your nearest school may not be your catchment school.

Enrolment week

You need to apply for your child's primary or secondary school place for the 2020-21 session. Enrolment week was 18-22 November 2019. Late registrations are accepted but will be subject to the availability of places.

How to apply for a school place

To apply for a school place:

  • in your catchment area - please complete an enrolment form and return it to the school you are applying to during enrolment week in November
  • at a school which is not in your catchment area - please make a placement request

The school you are applying to will require a copy of your child's birth certificate and evidence that you live in the catchment area of the school in which you wish to enrol your child.

What happens after you apply

In most cases, a place will be available and the headteacher will give you details of start dates, uniforms and a copy of the school handbook.

In the unlikely event that the school is full you may be directed to the nearest alternative school with places.

Deferred primary school entry

In Scotland almost all children aged between four and a half and five years old enroll in primary school at the start of the autumn term.

However you can delay entry if a child has not turned five by the date the school commences in August.

  • children who turn five in the January or February following the School commencement date are guaranteed an additional funded year in Early Learning and Childcare should their parents or carers wish them to have this
  • children whose birthday falls between school commencement date in August and the 31 December have the legal right to defer their child’s entry to Primary school, however funding for an additional year of Early Learning and Childcare is at the discretion of the Local Authority

Applications for children born before 1 January are considered by an enrolment panel who will, in all cases, seek to promote the best interests of the child. The views of parents, carers and if appropriate support staff from other agencies will contribute to the decision.

Where a decision is made not to grant an additional funded year, parents can still opt to defer entry to school (and make their own arrangements for the deferred year) or proceed with the enrolment to primary one.

If you decide you want your child to have an additional year of Early Learning and Childcare, you can find out more on our website.

Further information

For more information on school applications:

Download school enrolment form and guidance Download pupil data privacy notice