Apply for primary one

Children start primary one in August and registrations take place in January each year. The year they start depends on when they turn 5.

If your child’s fifth birthday is between 1st March 2018 and 28th February 2019, you can register them in January 2018 to start attending school in August 2018.

Children usually attend a school within the school zone (primary school catchment area) close to where you live. However, you can request that your child goes to a school in another zone.

How to apply

You can enrol your child for primary one during registration week from 15th to 22nd January 2018.

To enrol your child, visit a primary school of your choice during registration period. If this is not possible, please try to visit the school before the end of February.

The school will give you an application form to fill in. You can also get a copy of the school’s annual handbook which has information about exam results and school policies.

Please submit completed application form to the school with:

  • your child’s birth certificate
  • proof of address such as a recent utility bill or a bank statement

All schools in Aberdeenshire have a common start date but when your child is enrolled, the school will provide you details. View school term dates for more information.

Delay entry to primary one

If your child was born in January or February, you can request to delay your child's entry to primary one to the following academic year. Your request will be automatically approved.

Please contact the nursery that your child is attending to obtain a delayed entry request form. You will need to complete section A and complete a new early learning and childcare application form. Return both forms to the nursery to enrol your child for an extra year.   

If your child was born between September and December and you wish to delay your child's entry to primary one to the following August, please discuss this with the head teacher of the school where you intend to enrol your child to primary one. 

Ask the primary school for a delayed entry request form and an admission form A. Complete and return both forms to the school. Our early years team will assess your application centrally. 

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