Starting Primary 1

All children who will reach the age of five on or before the start of the new school session in August 2021 should start primary school in August 2021. Children who reach the age of five after the start of the new school session in August 2021, but before the last day of February 2022 may also be enrolled for primary school in August 2021.

Before you apply for a school place online, you will need to set up an account. This is so you can 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 case. 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.Apply for a school place

You can enter your postcode on our school zone map to find your zoned school. Check the school zone map

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

If your child will turn five after the start of term in August 2021 but on or before 28 February 2022, you may choose not to enrol them at school until August 2022.

Children with August to December birthdays are not automatically entitled to an additional year of early learning and childcare. We will only provide a place where there is a sound educational reason to defer. Requests are considered by a panel in February 2021. The staff at your child’s early learning and childcare centre will help you to complete a request form.

If you choose to defer entry to primary school and the child has a January or February birthday, the child will be guaranteed an early learning and childcare place in his/her deferred year. You only need to complete a standard application form.

Early entry to Primary 1

Parents can request early entry for their child at their zoned primary school. We do not normally admit children who are five after the February 2022 closing date. 

The Head Teacher of your zoned school will consider your application for early entry to Primary 1. They will assess the child’s ability and aptitude but must consider wider issues including whether the primary class can suitably meet the needs of the child. 

Further information can be found here.