All primary and secondary schools run by Aberdeen City Council serve a local ‘zone’ which has been determined by the Council. Zones help us to make sure that school places are available for local children. They also help us to assess the right to school transport. Some of our zones include parts of Aberdeenshire, although these are very limited.
When you apply for a place online we will automatically find your zoned school if you live in Aberdeen City and your property is on the map. For some new builds and for addresses in Aberdeenshire zoned for Aberdeen City schools, you will need to enter your address manually and select your Zoned School to apply there. This does not affect how we make our decision.
You can check which zone you live in by using our online school zone map. Enter your postcode to check your zone.
To be considered as living in the zone for a school, your child must meet one of the three criteria below. They should:
- Be living with their parent(s)/guardian(s) in the school zone before 15 March (‘ordinarily resident’).
- Have a sibling at the school but now live out-of-zone for that school because we have since changed the school zone (this will only apply where the sibling is still attending the school).
- Have additional support needs which have been previously assessed by an Educational Psychologist of Aberdeen City Council and that the child’s needs can only be met at a specified school.
We may vary school zones from time to time to take into account demographic or other changes. This will be done according to local and national consultation guidelines and requirements. If we have moved your address out of zone and you wish your younger children to attend the same school which your older children are attending (and will still be attending) because it was their zoned school when they enrolled, your younger children will still have the right to attend that school and be considered in zone.