Sunday, 6 November 2016

P1 Registration for Aug 2017 on Thurs 10th Nov

Apply for P1 at the start of the school year 2017

P1 Registration for August 2017 is on Thursday 10th November between 9.00am and  3.30pm.

Starting Primary School in City of Edinburgh
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20256/school_places/1372/start_primary_school 

If your child's date of birth is between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2013 they are due to start primary school in August 2017. If you are in the City of Edinburgh Council area you must register your child for P1 at one of your catchment schools during registration week.
If you live in catchment, please come along on Thursday 10th November 2016, 9.00–3.30pm to complete an enrolment form.
Please bring the following with you: 
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Name, address and telephone number of doctor
  • 2016/2017 Council Tax payment book or Council Tax letter in parent's name
  • a current utility bill within last six months (in parent's name)
  • Names, addresses and telephone number of three emergency contacts. 

N.B. these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof.

Please feel free to bring your child but this is not essential if s/he is attending nursery. There will be transition and induction opportunities for your child to visit school in the summer term.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Catchment Open Day and P1 Registration


Sciennes will hold a City of Edinburgh 'Catchment Primary School Open Day' on Wednesday 2nd November 2016  for our new intake of Primary One pupils in August 2017. Pupil led tour slots are available between 9.30am and 11.30am and then again between 1.30pm and 3.00pm.

P1 Registration for August 2017 is next week on Thursday 10th November between 9am and 3.30pm.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

PRIMARY ONE AUGUST 2016


The Induction Days for the new Primary One pupils due to start school in August 2016 will be held on 21st June at 1.40pm for P1a and P1d; 22nd June at 1.40pm for P1b and P1c pupils. Details of the classes have already been sent out to the new pupils.

The children will start school in groups of ten on Wednesday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Friday 19th of August 2015 from 8.50 - 12 noon. Details of the start date for the groups of children will be issued at the Induction Day. The normal school day of 8.50 - 2.50pm will begin on Monday 22nd August.

Ms Carolyn Anstruther DHT P1-3

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

P1 Enrolment Thurs 12th November 2015


P1 enrolment for catchment pupils due to start P1 in August 2016 will take place on THURSDAY 12th NOVEMBER 9am-11.30am and 2.00pm- 3.30pm. 

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20074/schools/388/school_places/3 

If you live in catchment and your child is 4 years old by 28th February 2015 and due to start school in August 2016, please come along on Thursday 12th November 2015, 9.00 – 11.30am or 2.00 – 3.30pm to complete an enrolment form.
Please bring the following with you: 
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Name, address and telephone number of doctor
  • Council Tax payment book or Council Tax letter
  • a current utility bill (in your name)
  • Names, addresses and telephone number of three emergency contacts. 

N.B. these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof.

Please feel free to bring your child but this is not essential if s/he is attending nursery. There will be transition and induction opportunities for your child to visit school in the summer term.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Catchment Primary School Open Day November 4th 2015

Sciennes will hold a City of Edinburgh 'Catchment Primary School Open Day' on Wednesday 4th November 2015 Tour slots are available between 9.30am and 11.30am and then again between 1.30pm and 3.00pm.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Moving from Primary to Secondary in 2016

Moving from Primary to Secondary in 2016

If your child is

  • due to start secondary school in August 2016
  • starting P7 in August 2015 at a City of Edinburgh primary school
  • living in the City of Edinburgh Council area
he or she is given a place at a secondary school based on catchment area.
You do not need to register as a place has been set aside at your catchment school.


If your child is in P7 at a primary school run by the Council, you will receive a letter about the procedures in October 2015, the year before your child will start S1. 

If you live in the City of Edinburgh Council area, or within the catchment area of a City of Edinburgh school, a place will be reserved for your child at one of your catchment schools You do not need to register.  

The non-denominational catchment school will be allocated unless your child attends a Roman Catholic primary school but you can ask to change this by sending an email to school.placements@edinburgh.gov.uk, giving your child’s name, address and the name of your preferred catchment school. If you live in an area with two non- denominational secondary schools, you will be asked to state your preferred school. Any change to your preferred catchment school must be made by 24 December 2015. 

Section 4: Making a placing request for a non-catchment school
You can request a place in a school in another catchment area. To do this, complete the form at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces, normally available in November each year. The closing date is 24 December 2015 and you will receive a decision by 30 April 2016 at the latest. 

You should also fill in this form if you are going to be moving to Edinburgh before the start of the new school session in August 2016

(N.B. It is important to recognise that if you live outside the school catchment area, attending Sciennes does not entitle your child to a place at James Gillespie's High School and families have to complete a Placing Request form if they are not in James Gillespie's catchment area.)

Making your request
When applying for a non-catchment school, you may only apply for one school at first. This is always treated as your first preference. 

It is very important that you give us all relevant information in support of your request. This may include medical evidence and reports from any other services or agencies that may have been involved with your child. 

Please note if you make a placing request and it is successful, you will not receive support with travel expenses. 

IMPORTANT
N.B. If you do not intend keeping your child's place at his or her secondary catchment school, please notify school as soon as possible, since that will free up the place for those children waiting to hear. Contact lucy.gallagher@sciennes.edin.sch.uk who will pass on that information.

Starting P1 in August 2016

Starting P1 in August 2016

If your child is

  • due to start primary school in August 2016
  • living in the City of Edinburgh Council area
you must register your child for P1 at your catchment school during registration week, 9th - 13th November 2015.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Primary One August 2015


The Induction Days for the new Primary One pupils due to start school in August 2015 will be held on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th June. Details of the classes the children will be in will be sent out at the beginning of May. (Sciennes does not have its own Nursery)

The children will start school in groups of ten on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th of August 2015 from 8.50 - 12 noon. Details of the start date for the groups of children will be issued at the Induction Day. All children will be in school from 8.50 - 12 noon on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August. The normal school day of 8.50 - 2.50pm will begin on Monday 24th August.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

P7 to S1 Transition

P7 to S1 TRANSITION
Letters were issued via pupil post in mid November to parents of Primary Seven pupils to confirm the secondary school serving their home address. No further action is normally required if you want your child to attend your catchment secondary school. Those wishing to request a place at another school were asked to complete and submit a Placing Request for a Non Catchment School available online at edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces FROM NOVEMBER 2014. All requests were to be submitted by 24th December 2014. Further information can be found on the school website in INFORMATION > P7 to S1 Transition. Please refer to the advice Councillor Paul Godzik's gave to families last year about enrolling at your catchment school.

IMPORTANT
N.B. If you do not intend keeping your child's place at his or her secondary catchment school, please notify school as soon as possible, since that will free up the place for those children waiting to hear. Contact lucy.gallagher@sciennes.edin.sch.uk who will pass on that information.

(N.B. It is important to recognise that if you live outside the school catchment area, attending Sciennes does not entitle your child to a place at James Gillespie's High School and families have to complete a Placing Request form if they are not in James Gillespie's catchment area.)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

P1 Enrolment for August 2015/16

If you live in catchment and your child is 4 years old by 28th February 2014 and due to start school in August 2015, please come along on Thursday 13th November 2013, 9.00 – 11.30 or 1.30 – 4.00 to complete an enrolment form and have a tour of school. 
Please bring the following with you: 
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Name, address and telephone number of doctor
  • Council Tax payment book or Council Tax letter
  • a current utility bill (in your name)
  • Names, addresses and telephone number of three emergency contacts. 

N.B. these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof.

Please feel free to bring your child but this is not essential if s/he is attending nursery. There will be transition and induction opportunities for your child to visit school in the summer term.

P1 REGISTRATION - NON CATCHMENT

PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to register a child to begin P1 in August 2015 and you are not within Sciennes' catchment  you should enrol at your catchment school.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Enrolling

School places


Admission 
See also:

 

How do I apply for a place?

The City of Edinburgh is divided into catchment areas. Every household in Edinburgh has a catchment area associated with it, where you would be given priority admission (with the exception of Gaelic education provision).

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20074/schools/388/school_places/2

Please note that your nearest school may not be your catchment school. Typically each year we have a waiting list for places at Sciennes where catchment children then non catchment children with siblings already at Sciennes will take priority.


In the first instance parents should make contact with school directly (preferably in writing) to enquire if there is a space for their child in the relevant year group. Contact the school office by emailing admin@sciennes.edin.sch.uk. Parents should include the pupil’s full name, address, date of birth and a contact telephone number.


You will need to complete an application form. The enrolment form can only be completed at school and birth certificates and proof of residence (council tax assessment letter and a recent utility bill) must be produced at the time of registration.

If a place is available, your request will be granted. If not, your request will be refused and you will receive a letter from the Head Teacher explaining why. It will also tell you about your right to appeal the decision. Your child's name will then be placed on the waiting list.
Waiting lists are normally prioritised according to the date the request was received. The top priority will be given to those living in the catchment area.

When will I be informed of the outcome of my request? 

A decision will be issued in writing as soon as possible. Please make allowances during the school holidays.

Is my child guaranteed a place at the catchment school?

If a school is full it will be necessary to refuse admission and form a waiting list, even if you have moved into the catchment area. However, the Council will provide a place in an appropriate school if your catchment school is full.


HOW TO REGISTER A PUPIL AT SCIENNES AFTER THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL SESSION AT ALL STAGES OF EDUCATION P1-P7
In the first instance parents should make contact with the school directly (preferably in writing) to enquire if there is a space for their child in the relevant year group. The parent should include the pupil’s full name, address, date of birth and a contact telephone number.

If spaces are available, a tour of the school may be arranged by contacting Mrs Brenda Ellis in the School Office or by sending an email to admin@sciennes.edin.sch.uk. The enrolment form can only be completed at school and birth certificates and proof of residence (council tax assessment letter and a recent utility bill) must be produced at the time of registration. It is useful to provide samples of work from your child's previous school for the new class teacher if possible. You will be issued with a School Handbook, uniform order form and information about school meals and extra-curricular clubs.

Medical Care  
When you enrol your child in school, please ensure that the School Health Service is aware of any special medical conditions or requirements your child may have. It is also important that you give the school a telephone number where you can be contacted during the school day, in case of emergency. The school will contact you immediately if your child has to be sent home if ill or is going to hospital because of an accident. Please inform the school immediately of any change to the contact telephone number(s).


NEW P2-P7 PUPILS IN AUGUST

All new pupils joining P2-P7 in August should report to Reception  and make their way to the Gym Hall with their parents or carers. Pupils will then be collected by senior staff and escorted to their new class.

Pupils line up outside both entrances and also exit from both sides of the building, depending on classroom: please note which is your child's entrance/exit and arrange a meeting point.


Your child will also be placed in one of four House teams by the class teacher: Grange, Sienna, Lauder or Tantallon.  PE clothing is available for each.

Pupils joining Sciennes can pay for a school lunch on their first day until the family is added to our online payment system (WisePay) or can bring a packed lunch. Children will also require a drink and a snack and should bring a fully equipped pencil case (sharpened pencils, coloured pencils, eraser, ruler, glue stick) and P.E. kit in a gym bag. P.E. kit should be a change of clothes - t-shirt, shorts/jogging trousers and gym shoes.

Monday, 28 April 2014

P1 Induction 17th-19th June 2014

Ms Anstruther, DHT P1-3,  has created this booklet for Nursery pupils to help with their transition to Primary One. P1 Induction Days take place on Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th June and we look foward to welcoming our new pupils.



Friday, 8 November 2013

Primary 1 Enrolment Day at Sciennes November 2013


SCIENNES PRIMARY ONE ENROLMENT for 2014-2015
THURSDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2013

If your child is 4 years old by 28th February 2014 and due to start school in August 2014, please come along on Thursday 14th November 2013, 9.00 – 11.30 or 1.30 – 4.00 to complete an enrolment form and have a tour of school. 

Please bring the following with you: 
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Name, address and telephone number of doctor
  • Council Tax payment book or Council Tax letter
  • a current utility bill (in your name)
  • Names, addresses and telephone number of three emergency contacts. 

N.B. these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof.

Please feel free to bring your child but this is not essential if s/he is attending nursery. There will be transition and induction opportunities for your child to visit school in the summer term.

P1 and S1 Transition Information 2015/16


On the tabs above you will find further information about enrolling in P1 and transferring from P7 to S1 for catchment and non catchment children.

Placing in Schools Session 2015/16
New P1 & S1 Intake 

Introduction
Starting primary school and moving on to secondary school are two very important milestones both for children and their parents. The Council realises this and has a range of policies and procedures in place to make each transition as smooth as possible for all concerned. 

This page provides information on registering your child for school. While all parents have a right to express a preference for a particular school, it is important to recognise that, due to the increasing birth rate, there are fewer places available for children living outside the catchment area and this means more placing requests are likely to be refused each year. 

For the P1 Intake, even if you plan to request a place at another school we strongly recommend that you visit your own local catchment primary school on Primary Schools Open Day, 4 November 2014 - date to be confirmed , as you will be offered a place in your catchment school if your placing request is unsuccessful. 

All our schools offer a high quality educational experience and visiting your local catchment school will give you an opportunity to find out more about the school, staff and the curricular and extracurricular opportunities available. Most parents choose to send their children to one of their catchment schools.

When deciding the school you wish your child to attend, there are a number of important points you need to consider.
    • Places are allocated to children based on their residence. All parents must provide proof of residence for a catchment place when they register their child for school.
    • All schools have two catchment schools, non-denominational and Roman Catholic. You should choose your preferred school of these two.
    • Your child is only entitled to a place in the primary school where they attend nursery if you live in the catchment area of the school.
    • Catchment places will only be guaranteed to children living in a primary school catchment by 28 February 2015.
    • Where a denominational Roman Catholic school is oversubscribed with catchment children, priority will be given to catchment baptised Roman Catholics.
    • If your placing request is successful for one child, this does not guarantee that requests for younger children will be successful. This could mean that your younger children would attend a different school to their older brother or sister.


  • Starting Primary School (P1)
    What age should my child start school?
    The table below shows the school year when your child should start primary school: 


    Child born between:
    Child will start school in:


    1 Mar 2010 28 Feb 2011
    August 2015
    1 Mar 2011 29 Feb 2012
    August 2016
    1 Mar 2012 28 Feb 2013
    August 2017
    1 Mar 2013 28 Feb 2014
    August 2018

    Parents of children due to start school, and who attend a City of Edinburgh nursery school or class, will receive a letter in October about starting school. This letter will tell you what your catchment schools are and how to register your child for P1. 

    If a child is of school age but has not reached age 5 by the start of the new school session, usually mid-August, their school place can be delayed until the start of the next school year. However, only children with January and February birthdays are entitled to received a continued, funded nursery place at either a City of Edinburgh Council nursery or a partner nursery should their parents request this. 

    Continued funding for a nursery place for children whose birthdates fall between August and December is not an entitlement and is at the discretion of the child’s resident local authority. This is the case even when a child has received just one year of pre-school funding. Applications for delayed entry have reduced considerably over the past two years and increasingly most children of this age are successfully supported in Primary 1.

    We recommend that you register your child for primary school even if you are planning to apply for delayed entry. 

    If your child is not of school age, you may make an application for early admission if you feel your child is ready for school. Your child’s nursery head teacher must support your request and an assessment of the child will be required.
    Further information is available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/earlyyears.  

    Which Primary School should my child attend? 
    For every address in the city there is a catchment non-denominational primary school and a catchment Roman Catholic primary school. If you would like to check the catchment schools for your home address go to www.edinburgh.gov.uk/catchmentmaps. Here is a link to Sciennes Primary's catchment map.

    Most parents choose to send their child to a catchment school; however you have the right to express a preference for another school, although we cannot guarantee that we can meet these requests.


    How do I register my child for primary school?
    You must register your child at your preferred catchment school during registration week, 10 14 November 2014. It is important to recognise that if you live outside the school catchment area, attending the nursery class in a particular school does not entitle your child to a place in the primary school. 
     
    Our Roman Catholic schools are often oversubscribed with catchment children. We cannot therefore guarantee your child will get into your Roman Catholic catchment school. In the event of a Roman Catholic school being oversubscribed priority will be given to baptised Roman Catholics where evidence of baptism has been presented by 28 February 2015

    What paperwork do I need for registration?
    You must present the following documents when you register:
      • your 2014/15 Council Tax demand notice;
      • a current utility bill (in your name);
      • your child’s birth certificate;
      • your child’s proof of RC baptism (if your preferred catchment school is Roman Catholic). 
       
    • Please note these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof. 

      If you are unable to provide any of the above documents at the time of registration you will be referred to the School Placements team. 

      After you register you may be asked to provide this proof again at a future date. The Council is entitled to make random spot checks as part of fraud prevention. If false addresses are provided to gain a placement, the place will be removed. 

      Do I need to register for my child’s catchment school if I plan to make a placing request for another school?
      Even if you do plan to make a placing request, it is important that you also register with your catchment school to ensure that a place is available for your child if your placing request is unsuccessful. 

      I don’t currently live in the catchment area but plan to move into it. Will I get a place for my child?
      We will allocate your child a place if you move into the catchment area by 28 February 2015. We do try to reserve places [one place in each class] for families who may move into the catchment area after this date but cannot guarantee this. If we are not able to give you a place immediately you will be placed on the waiting list for the school.


    What happens if I have bought or rented a house in another catchment area and have proof of this but will not move in until after 28 February 2015?
    We do not allocate a place at your new catchment school until you have actually moved into your new house. We cannot guarantee a place in your new catchment school if you move after 28 February. As above we do try to reserve places [one place in each class] for families who may move into the catchment area after this date but cannot guarantee this. If we are not able to give you a place immediately you will be placed on the waiting list for the school. 

    If you are moving into the city from another Council area, or from outwith Scotland, and we cannot offer your child a place in your catchment school after you have moved address we will offer a place in the nearest school to your home with an available place. 

    What happens after I have registered my child?
    Your catchment school will contact you in mid-April to confirm your place and provide information on induction visits to the school.

    When the school session begins in August, children are normally admitted gradually and attend mornings only for the first two weeks. This helps the children to settle into their new life at school. The Head Teacher will advise exactly what will happen for your child. 

    Can I request a different school?
    You have the right to express a preference for a school in a different catchment area, and this is called a placing request


    Moving from Primary to Secondary School (S1)
    Which secondary school will my child be allocated?
    Parents of children in P7 who attend a City of Edinburgh primary school will receive a letter in November about moving to secondary school. 

    Please note you will be allocated a place at your catchment secondary school based on your home address, not the primary school they currently attend. This means that if your child is attending a non-catchment primary and if you want them to attend the secondary school associated with that school you would need to make a placing request

    Every address within Edinburgh has a non-denominational catchment secondary school and a Roman Catholic catchment secondary school. If your child attends a non-denominational primary school, your child will be allocated a place in your non- denominational catchment area secondary school. Similarly, if your child is attending a Roman Catholic primary school, the Roman Catholic catchment area secondary
    school will be allocated. However, if you wish your child to attend your other catchment area school you can request this after you have received your letter in November. 
     
    In the event of a Roman Catholic school being oversubscribed with catchment children priority will be given to baptised Roman Catholics where evidence of baptism has been presented by 28 February 2015

    Schools will normally contact parents in mid-April to confirm places for catchment children and offer invitations to an induction visit. 

    What happens if I live in another local authority area?
    If your child attends a City of Edinburgh primary school, the Council informs each neighbouring local authority of such children, allowing a place to be reserved at the appropriate school in your area. If you wish your child to attend a secondary school in Edinburgh you will need to make a placing request

    If you live within the catchment area of Kirknewton Primary School in West Lothian, your non-denominational catchment school is Balerno Community High School. Your child will be allocated a place in this school. 

    What happens if I live within the City of Edinburgh area, but my child attends a primary school in another local authority area?
    Local authorities will inform the Council of such children and a place will be allocated at your appropriate catchment secondary school. If you wish your child to attend a secondary in the same authority as the primary school, you must contact the relevant authority. 

    What happens if I plan to move address?
    We will allocate you a place in your catchment school if you move into the area by 28 February 2015. We do try to reserve places for families who may move into an area after this date but cannot guarantee this. If we are not able to give you a place immediately you will be placed on the waiting list for the school. 

    What happens if I have bought or rented a house in another catchment area and have proofs of this but will not move in until after 28 February 2015?
    As above we do try to reserve places [one place in each class] for families who may move into an area after this date but cannot guarantee this. If we are not able to give you a place immediately your child will be placed on the waiting list for the school. Allocation of places is based on when you become resident in a house not when you buy or rent it. 

    If you are moving into the city from another Council area, or from outwith Scotland, and we cannot offer your child a place in your catchment school after you have moved address we will offer a place in the nearest school to your home with an available place. Your child will also be placed on the waiting list for the catchment school.

    Can I request a different school?
    You have the right to express a preference for a school in a different catchment area, and this is called a placing request


    Making a Placing Request for a Non-Catchment School
    Parents have a right to express a preference for another school and these will only be granted if places are available after places have been allocated to children living in the catchment area. It is important to recognise that the rising birth-rate means there has been a reduction in the number of successful placing requests in recent years.
    Our guidance on how we manage placing requests is outlined in the question and answer section. 

    How do I make a placing request?
    You must complete an application form, available online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces. Paper copies are also available at any nursery or primary school in the city. The closing date for applications is 24 December 2014. Receipt will be acknowledged either by return letter or email within 14 days of your request. Please note if you are making a placing request and it is successful, you will not receive support with travel expenses. 

    Can I apply for more than one school?
    You can only make one placing request initially. On the application form you are required to tell us your preferred catchment school in the event of your request being refused the Council will try to reserve a place in your preferred catchment school. 

    Please note that even if you are submitting a placing request for a primary school you must also register at your preferred catchment school. It is very important that you give us all relevant information in support of your request. This may include medical evidence and reports from any other services or agencies that may have been involved with your child. 
     
    How do you decide which placing requests are successful?
    Classes are not normally created for non-catchment children. When there have been more placing requests received than there are places available in an individual school, they are considered by the Committee on Pupil/Student Support which meets in mid March each year. This is a committee of elected members of the Council, and they determine the priority order for all requests. This priority order will be used to allocate any available places, with the remainder being placed accordingly on a waiting list.

    The Committee has the authority to prioritise individual applications where the reasons for the request are deemed exceptional. Otherwise, requests are normally prioritised in the following order:
    1. Children who will have older brothers/sisters who are attending the requested school in the next session;
    2. Children who are resident within the City of Edinburgh Council area, but who do not have brothers/sisters who will be attending the requested school in the next session;
    3. Children who are not resident within the City of Edinburgh Council area, and who will not have brothers/sisters attending the requested school in the next session. 

    If there is more than one placing request in any of the 3 categories above, the priority order of requests is then determined by the shortest, safest walking distance from the child’s home to the nearest school gate. This is calculated using an electronic mapping system. Distances measured are based upon all geographic information that the Council has at its disposal at the time of measurement. 

    When will I be informed of the outcome of my placing request?
    The Council will give their decision in writing by 30 April 2015 to all parents who submitted placing requests by 24 December 2014

    What happens if my placing request is granted?
    If your placing request is granted, you will receive a letter confirming you have a place. At this time, if a place was reserved in your preferred catchment school, this will be withdrawn. 

    The granting of a placing request for one child does not guarantee that a future placing request, for the same school, for a younger brother or sister will be granted and this could mean that your children will have to attend different schools. You will be asked to sign a form to acknowledge this. You will be responsible for all transport arrangements and costs which may arise. 
     
    What happens if my placing request is refused?
    If your request is refused you will receive a letter explaining the statutory grounds for refusal which the Council must use by law. It will also give you details about your right to appeal against our decision. A place will normally be reserved at your preferred catchment school (as indicated on your application form) and you will be given an opportunity to make a second preference request for an alternative school.
    For all schools where placing requests are refused, a waiting list is created and your child will be placed on this.

    Management of Placements
    Management Principles
    The City of Edinburgh Council manages the provision of school places using principles and practices outlined below;
      • Pupils living in the City of Edinburgh Council area have priority over incoming requests from outside the Council area;
      • The Council will endeavour to accommodate catchment pupils at their catchment school;
      • Placing requests for non catchment pupils should be met, subject to available capacity and consistent with the efficient use of resources;
      • The most efficient arrangement of class size and provision of teaching staff is sought for each school after taking account of demand for catchment places;
      • Additional classes are not normally created to specifically cater for non- catchment placing requests in the primary sector. This includes the potential need to create additional classes in subsequent years beyond the P1 stage;
      • First year intake limits, classroom size restrictions and limits on the overall pupil numbers will be applied where necessary to assist in managing school provision;
      • Separate catchment boundaries are drawn for denominational and non- denominational schools at both primary and secondary level (pupils having the option of attending either catchment school, subject to availability of places).
      • In areas of the City falling outwith established catchment areas (for example, the new Waterfront development); the Council defines which establishment is an ‘appropriate school’ for pupils – normally judged on distance and geography.

    Additional Information
    Supporting children with additional support needs
    My child has additional support needs. Will they get the support they need in a mainstream school?
    All children have the right to an education in a mainstream school where possible. If your child needs additional support to attend a mainstream school an assessment will be carried out to ensure their needs can be met. While we do try to support children in mainstream schools, a small minority of children with additional support needs may require a place in a special school or class. 

    Further info: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/asn

    I would like my child to attend a special school or class. Is this possible?
    Yes. If you wish to make this type of request please discuss this with an Educational Psychologist employed by the Council before making your request. 

    Further info: Tel: 0131 469 2800 

    English is not my child’s first language. Will they get additional support?
    Throughout Edinburgh there are many pupils for whom English is an additional language. Some may require extra help to develop their English language skills and our English as an Additional Language Service (EAL) works in partnership with schools, homes and other agencies to support pupils. 

    Further info: www.ealedinburgh.org.uk

    Gaelic Education
    Can my child attend Edinburgh’s Gaelic School?
    Gaelic Medium Education is offered at nursery, primary and secondary levels. Edinburgh has a dedicated Gaelic Nursery and Primary School, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce. Any parent who wishes their child to be taught in Gaelic can apply for a place at the primary school by contacting the headteacher. No previous knowledge of the language is required. Secondary Gaelic education is currently available at James Gillespie’s High School for pupils who have completed a Gaelic Medium primary education. 

    Further info: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/gaelic



    Specialist Education Provision for Talented Pupils
    The Council offers a range of specialist provision for talented pupils, allowing them to receive specialist tuition in their chosen field alongside their academic studies

    I would like my child to attend the City of Edinburgh Dance School how do I apply?
    The dance school is based at Broughton High School. Current P5/P6 pupils can audition for a place on the P6/P7 ‘Talented Young Performers’ course at Broughton High School which runs for two hours every Friday afternoon throughout the academic year. The students will participate in ballet, contemporary and jazz dance classes.
    Current P7 pupils can audition for a place at the dance school which means they will attend Broughton High School for their secondary education. Students who attend the dance school will be put through the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams and SQA National 5, Higher and HNC Professional Stage Dance as well as having the opportunity to study AQA A-Level Dance. 

    Further info: Email: laura.mcadam@broughton.edin.sch.ukTel: 0131 332 7805 

    I would like my child to attend the City of Edinburgh Music School how do I apply?
    The music school, a national centre of excellence, is based at Flora Stevenson Primary School and Broughton High School. A specialist music education is delivered in a range of musical styles. Please contact the school to find out how to apply. 

    Further info: Web: www.edinburghmusicschool.co.uk Email: bro-musicschool@ea.edin.sch.uk
    Tel: 0131 332 7805 

    I would like my child to attend the Scottish Football Academy how do I apply?
    The Scottish FA Performance School for South East Region is based at Broughton High School. It offers talented young footballers the opportunity to develop their physical, mental and technical ability within the daily curriculum. Application forms will be available to current P7 pupils prior to Christmas, with 1st stage trials taking place in February/March. 

    Further info: Email: sportsacademy@edinburgh.gov.uk

    Transport
    Can I get transport for my child?
    The Children and Families Department will assist with travel if the distance between the home address and catchment area school is two miles or more for children attending primary school and three miles or more for children attending secondary school, based on the most suitable walking route. This also applies if the Children and Families Department asks your child to attend a non-catchment school. Assistance with travel will not be given if you have chosen to send your child to a non-catchment school

    Further Information
    Further general information on placing children in schools can be found in the Scottish Government publication Choosing a School: a Guide for Parents, available online.

    Useful contacts
    School Placements
    Email: school.placements@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel: 0131 469 3033
    Early Years
    Email: earlyyears@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel: 0131 529 2103
    School Catchment Areas
    Email: school.catchments@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel: 0131 469 3351