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Enrolling a Child for Primary School

Enrolling a Child for Primary School

All children who will reach the age of five on or before the start of the new school session in August 2017 should begin to attend primary school in August 2017. Children who reach the age of five after the start of the new school session in August 2017, but before the last day of February 2018 may also be enrolled for primary school in August 2017.

You should visit the primary school of your choice from the 11 January to 20 January 2017 to enrol your child. To register, please take your child's birth certificate and proof of address (current council tax bill) to the school with you. To register a child for a Roman Catholic school parents must also provide their child's RC Baptism Certificate.

All parents must enrol their child into their zoned school before submitting a placing request form, to ensure that their child has a primary 1 place for August 2017.
Placing Requests are available at Aberdeen City Council, Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen or by visiting the webpage:
Alternatively call the School Placements Team on 01224 522753.

Deferring Entry to Primary One

Parents of children who reach the age of 5 after 16 August 2017 but on or before 28 February 2018 should be aware that they may choose not to enrol their child at school until August 2018.

Children with August to December birthdays are not automatically entitled to an additional year of early learning and childcare, a place will only be provided by the council where there is a sound educational reason to defer. Requests are considered by a panel in February 2017. The staff at your child's early learning and childcare centre will assist you to complete a request form.

If parents choose to defer entry to Primary School and the child has a January or February birthday, the child will be guaranteed an early learning and childcare place in his/her deferred year. Parents need only complete a standard application form.

Early Entry to Primary 1

Parents can request early entry to primary school. The Authority does not normally admit children who are five after the February 2018 closing date.

Applications for early entry to primary 1 are considered by the Head Teacher of the school you have selected. They will assess the child's ability and aptitude on behalf of the Authority but must consider wider issues including whether the primary class can suitably meet the needs of the child.


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