Apply for primary 1

Information about how to apply for a primary 1 school catchment place beginning August 2024.

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You can apply for a P1 school catchment place for your child if you currently live within East Renfrewshire Council or will be living within the authority by the start of the new session in August 2024.

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How to apply

Parents and carers of children who will be five-years old between March 2024 and February 2025 should apply to register in either the local denominational or non-denominational school at this time.

It's important that an application is made for residents' preferred local catchment area school in the first instance, even if you plan to make a placing request for your child to attend another school or seek to defer your child's start to school. 

You should apply for your local catchment school, even if you intend to educate your child privately or at home.

Applications for P1 school catchment places should be made by 19 January 2024.

Applications can be made after 19 January 2024, however, it is advisable to make your application by this date as this provides you with the optimum chance of securing a place in your preferred school.

If you wish to attend a school that is not within your catchment area or you will not be residing in East Renfrewshire in August 2024 you should complete a placing request application.

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Deferring entry

If a child is not yet 5 years old on 1 August in the year which they are supposed to commence their primary education, parents/carers have an automatic right to defer their child's entry to primary 1 until the following academic year. In such cases, children will be entitled to an additional year of funded early learning and childcare.

Parents of children who reach the age of five before 1 August have no automatic right to defer their child's entry to school.  It's expected that all children aged 5 before 1 August would start Primary 1 in that year.  Where a child has turned 5 prior to 1 August and the parent wishes to defer entry to primary school, an exceptional application should be made.  All exceptional applications are considered by a panel to decide if a further year of a nursery funding is appropriate. 

In either case you must still complete a Primary 1 catchment application where you can note your intention to defer/apply to defer.

Last modified on 30 January 2024