Apply for primary 1

Information about how to apply for a primary 1 school catchment place beginning August 2022.

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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 2022.

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How to apply

Parents and carers of children who will be five-years-old between March 2022 and February 2023 should apply to register in either the local denominational or non-denominational school at this time. It is 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.  We would ask you to apply for the local catchment school, even if you intend to educate your child privately or at home.

Applications for P1 school catchment places should be made before 21 January 2022. 

Applications can be made after 21 January 2022, 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 2022 you should complete a placing request application.

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Deferring entry

If a child reaches the age of five during January or February (after the August in which they are supposed to commence their primary education), parents/carers may choose to defer entry until the following academic year. Such children will be entitled to an additional year of funded early learning and childcare.

Parents of children who reach the age of five between the start of term in August and the end of December, can still decide to defer, however education authorities are required to exercise discretion as to whether an additional free year of early learning and childcare will be funded.

As the deadline for deferral applications of 31 January 2022 has now passed, should you wish to submit a late application for consideration you can email with details of your enquiry.  Please remember to include full details for your child and please note that late applications will be considered as Priority 7 (an East Renfrewshire resident with no other listed priority) and cannot be guaranteed. 

Last modified on 4 February 2022

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