Primary school registration

In Scotland a child starts their primary education at age five. You would normally register your child during registration week in January for entry to primary one at a school in August.

Who can register

Children who are five before the 28th February 2018 can register for admission to primary one in August 2017.

Children who are five after the end of February 2018 are eligible for entry August 2018, unless they have started attending a state supported or Forces school.

Your child should attend a school in the area you live in. We refer to this as the school catchment area or zone. However, you can request that your child attends a school in another zone.

How to register

To enrol your child at a school, you should approach the head teacher and visit the school. You can also get a copy of the school’s annual prospectus, giving information such as exam results, attendance levels, policies, social and cultural values to get additional information about the school.

You should bring your child’s birth certificate as evidence of their date of birth and proof of address such as a recent utility bill or a bank statement.

Our schools have a common starting date in the middle of August. The school will provide you with an exact start date when you register.

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