All children who will reach the age of five on or before the start of the new school session on 21st August 2023 should start primary school in August 2023. Children who reach the age of five after the start of the new school session in August 2023, but before the last day of February 2024 may also be enrolled for primary school in August 2023.
Whilst placing requests for P1 can be submitted at any time and are classed as ‘on time’ applications if submitted on or before the 15 March, we encourage you to apply for P1 from 16th January 2023 to 27th January 2023.
Your support in submitting your application within this time frame is appreciated and assists schools with planning for the new school year. Before you apply for a school place online you will need to set up an account. This can help you track the progress of your application.
You will need to provide us with evidence of where you live, your child’s birth certificate and any other information specific to your child. You can upload these to the form when you apply. We will accept photographs of documents as long as we can see the whole document clearly.
You can enter your postcode on our school zone map to find your zoned school.
You have the right to apply for a place at any school in Aberdeen City, but if you do not apply for your zoned school we can't guarantee you a place there. We advise that you apply for both your zoned school and your preferred school.
Deferring entry to Primary 1
Children who are resident in Aberdeen City, and whose fifth birthday falls between 21st August 2023 and the end of February 2024, will automatically be entitled to an additional year of funded ELC if parents or carers request that their child’s entry to primary school is deferred.
Parents or carers considering deferred entry will be given a copy of the Deferred Entry Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) leaflet. This is intended to help if you are considering whether your child should start Primary 1 or defer entry to school.
You should also discuss this with staff in your child’s Early Learning and Childcare setting at the earliest opportunity who can advise you further.
Early entry to Primary 1
Children normally start school aged between 4 and a half and 5 and a half, depending on when the child’s birthday falls. Parents can request that children younger than this be admitted to their zoned school. This is known as an Early Entry Request. It is not the same as a Placing Request as you cannot request in law that your child start early in a school other than your local catchment school. For those wishing to apply for Early Entry, application should be made in writing to the Head Teacher of your zoned school, no later than 28th February of the year you wish your child to start school. You will be informed of the decision by letter in May. The Head Teacher of the school applied for will assess each case individually to determine whether the education normally provided in the school is suited to the ability and aptitude of the child.
As a consequence of early admission to school your child would be younger than the other pupils in the class. This may present difficulties in relation to:
- Separation from parents
- Making friends and working with other children in the class
- Activities within the classroom and playground
- Your child’s ability to cope in different situations
- Conforming to a more formal classroom organisation
For those wishing to apply for Early Entry, application should be made in writing to the Head Teacher of your zoned school, no later than 28th February of the year you wish your child to start school. You will be informed of the decision by letter in May.
This is known as an Early Entry Request. It is not the same as a Placing Request as you cannot request in law that your child start early in a school other than your local catchment school.