Making a placing request

The council has a duty to grant placing requests, wherever possible, provided there are places at the school you choose. 

The closing date for requests for entering either primary or secondary school in August, is the end of January that year.

Any requests for August received after this date will still be considered, but it is possible that places in certain schools may no longer be available.

A decision will be given for all placing requests for August starts by the end of April of any given year.

Placing requests for August which are received after April or requests to move your child to another school during the current school year will be answered within 60 days of us receiving the request.

Download and complete our school placing request application form (also available from schools), and contact the school to arrange a meeting with the head teacher who will complete and return the form to us.

If your placing request is refused you can make an appeal in writing within 28 days of receiving the decision.

An appeals hearing panel will be formed by our legal and democratic team who will advise you of our timescales.

An appeals hearing, which you will be invited to attend, will consider your appeal and you will be informed of its decision in writing.

If your request is refused, you have the right of further appeal to the Sheriff.

Parents who have made a successful placing request have to make their own home to school transport arrangements for their children.

If you move house outside your catchment area, your child may remain at their present school. You will receive a letter formally confirming that your new address lies outside the school's catchment area and you will be responsible for transporting your child to and from school.

For a guide on choosing a school and the placing request system visit the Scottish Government website.