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Registering your child for primary one

Entry to primary one in schools in East Renfrewshire takes place once a year at the start of the new session in August.

Children who reach the age of five years between 1 March of that year and the last day of February of the following year will automatically be admitted to school.

If your child is due to start school in August, he or she should be registered in your local primary school before the end of the preceding January.

For example:

Children turning 5 between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 will be eligible to attend school in August 2017. To do so they must be registered by 31 January 2017.

If you are late in registering your child, it may not be possible to provide a place in your local school.

Local advertisements issued in early January each year provide full details on how to register you child with the individual schools. It is not possible to register online. Please contact schools directly for details on their registration process:

Parents/Carers may wish to make a request for early entry to school for a child whose fifth birthday falls after the last day in February.

Can I defer my child's year of entry?

In certain circumstances you may choose to defer your child's entry to primary one if:

  • Your child becomes five during January or February (after the August they are supposed to start) - you may defer his or her entry until the next year. A nursery place will be available for your child.
  • Your child becomes five between the start of the new session in August and the end of December - you may also choose to defer entry for a year however a nursery place will not automatically be available to you.

In either case you should still register your child in the local school and tell the head teacher that you intend to defer entry.

You should be aware that once you apply for your child's entry to be deferred, it will be assumed that you will not require the P1 place. This place may be filled by another child, and if you change your mind, then in some situations it may not be possible to provide a P1 place in your preferred school.

If you require more information or have any questions, please contact the education offices for more details:

East Renfrewshire Council Offices
Education Department
211 Main Street
Barrhead
East Renfrewshire
G78 1SY
Tel: 0141 577 3246
Email: admissions@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

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