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If you want your child to go to your catchment area school
In the year before your child gets to primary or secondary school age, some councils send you a letter to confirm your child has a place at a local school. It should also ask you to confirm this place.
If you want your child to go to this school all you need to do is reply to confirm. If your child has a place at another school you should let your local council know.
Some councils might not send letters. In these councils you'll need to enrol your child at school.
If you're not sure what to do you should contact your local council to find out more:
You can ask a council about school places for your child at any time. It doesn't need to be when your child is at the age to go to primary or secondary school.
You can find out more about what schools are in your local area on the Parentzone Scotland website.
This table shows when children will usually start primary school, based on their birth dates:
Start primary school
1 March 2014 - 28 February 2015
1 March 2015 - 29 February 2016
1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017
1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018
1 March 2018 - 28 February 2019
Or for secondary school:
Start secondary school
1 March 2007 - 29 February 2008
1 March 2008 - 28 February 2009
1 March 2009 - 28 February 2010
1 March 2010 - 28 February 2011
1 March 2011 - 29 February 2012
Deferring primary school
If your child is still 4 years old on the date they are due to start primary school, you can defer your child's entry to primary school by a year. You will be able to get an additional year of funded early learning and childcare for the deferred year.