School enrolment week to take place 20-24 November

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Published: Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Parents of children due to start school in the 2018/19 session are being invited to register their child for a place.

Parents of any child born between March 2013 and February 2014 should complete an application form and arrange to visit their local catchment school during enrolment week and enrol for primary one.

Where can I get an application form?

Application forms are available from 20 November:

  • online
  • from participating schools.

What can I expect from my school visit?

The visit gives you an opportunity to see the school, meet staff and ask any questions you may have. You will also be given information about:

  • start dates and times
  • uniform requirements
  • where you can get a copy the school handbook.

Remember you will need to take: 

  • your application form
  • your child’s birth certificate
  • proof of your address.

What about placing requests?

Parents intending to make a placement request for their child at a primary school other than their local catchment school should still enrol at their local school. This will ensure a place is reserved at the local catchment school in the event the placement request is unsuccessful.

Parents intending to make a placement request must also visit the headteacher of their preferred school by 15 January 2018.

Can I defer my child's start date?

Children do not need to begin attendance at school until the August after their fifth birthday. Parents or carers can opt to defer entry to school where the child’s fifth birthday falls between 1 September 2018 and 28 February 2019.

Under statutory guidance for early learning and childcare, only children who will be five between 1 January 2019 and 28 February 2020 are entitled to a further funded year in early learning and childcare. All other children are not entitled to further funded early learning and childcare.

Applications for deferred entry should be discussed with the headteacher of your local school.

What about early learning and childcare enrolment?

This will take place between 22-26 January 2018.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“This is such an important milestone, both for the child attending primary school for the first time and for their families preparing to support them as they make this major step. It is encouraging to know that there is a considerable about of work done beforehand by nursery and teaching staff to make this the positive experience that it should be and I wish every young pupil and their family well as they approach this transition.

“Making sure they complete an application form and visit their local school is the first step in this journey and we would ask them to make sure they do this during enrolment week.”

More information

For more information about individual procedures for enrolling children, making placement requests and deferred entry, parents should contact their local school.

Information is also available in the Education Scotland leaflet Choosing A School