Making a placing request

What is a Placing Request?

It is customary for children to attend their local school (catchment school), however if you don't want your child to attend the local school, you have a right to make a written request for your child to attend any other school.  This request is referred to as a Placing Request.  

How do I make a Placing Request?

You MUST still register your child for education at the local school before submitting a placing request (for each child) to the headteacher of the school of your choice. 

You can ask for your child to be admitted to that school and give details of:

  • your child's name and date of birth
  • the school they currently attend or should attend and
  • the date you would like your child to start school

You should also give any special reasons for making the request.  It will be helpful to indicate if your child has additional support needs and what these needs are.  Your application will be considered in terms of the legislation established in the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, and the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

If you are moving your child at the P7 stage, please let your current primary school know your request.

As soon as a decision has been made you will be notified of the result in writing. If your placing request is successful, you will be asked to contact the school to establish arrangements for enrolment.

Parents who have made successful Placing Requests for their children to attend a school other than their catchment school have to make their own home to school transport arrangements for their children.

What if my placing request is unsuccessful?

If your placing request is refused you can appeal against the decision.

We will write to you explaining that your request has been refused. We will also:

  • give you full details of how to appeal,
  • tell you who to appeal to,
  • include full details of the appeals procedures.

You must appeal within 28 days of receiving the refusal letter.  If you don’t lodge an appeal we will assume that our decision has been accepted.

Where can I get more information?

Information about our schools and Placing Request procedures is available from:

  • Every school
  • School website
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