Enrolling your child for Primary One (P1) starting in August 2022

Arrangements are now in place to enrol pupils to primary one (P1) for August 2022 across East Lothian schools. 

Any child whose fifth birthday falls between 1 March 2022 (born 1 March 2017) and the last day of February 2023 (born 28 February 2018) is eligible to start school in August 2022.  

You can enrol your child online. It is not possible for parents/carers to visit their catchment school to enrol their child because coronavirus restrictions limiting the number of people entering school buildings are still in place.

P1 enrolment arrangements for starting P1 in August 2022

If your child is age-eligible to start school in August 2022 and you live in the East Lothian Council area you should enrol your child for P1 in your catchment primary school using our online P1 enrolment form.

If you deferred your child’s entry to P1 from August 2021 to August 2022, you should also enrol your child for P1 now.

The P1 enrolment period is from 8 November 2021 to 29 November 2021.

  • if your child attends a nursery class in an East Lothian primary school you must still submit an online P1 enrolment form for the catchment primary school
  • every home address is located in a school catchment area and for some areas there is also a local Roman Catholic school - check the catchment maps on our website
  • if you can't check your address on the catchment maps - email schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk for clarification on your catchment school
  • if you are moving address in the coming months - email schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk  for advice on the process to follow
  • if you are already resident in the new housing developments at Craighall or Blindwells, or you are due to move into this area in the coming months - email schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk for advice
  • if you are applying for a Roman Catholic school, please note we often receive more applications than places available, for that reason we have asked you for some additional information in the form - places will be confirmed by the end of April 2022
  • if you are applying for a place in all other schools, please note that no further action is required and a catchment place is automatically allocated after you submit the online P1 enrolment form - in the unlikely situation of there being more applications than places available in a school, we will contact parents before the end of February 2022

Non-catchment placing requests

Although most children attend their catchment school, parents may make an application for any other school under the management of East Lothian Council.  This is called a non-catchment placing request. 

If you intend to make a placing request, you should still submit an online P1 enrolment form for the catchment primary school - read about making a non-catchment placing request

Deferring

If you want to defer your child's entry to P1 for a year, you should still submit an online P1 enrolment form for the catchment primary school at this point so that a place can be held for your child. 

The process to defer entry to P1 takes place between January and March 2022 and is completed by both the parent/carer and the early years setting. Application information will be distributed to early years’ settings in January 2022.

Completing the online enrolment form

The form takes around 15 minutes to complete.  Applications must be completed in one session. On successful completion of the form you will receive a confirmation email and a copy of your form.

Make sure you have these documents ready before you start, so you can upload them:

  1. an image file or electronic copy of your most recent Council Tax Assessment statement
  2. an image file or electronic copy of a utility bill dated within the last 6 months
  3. an image file or electronic copy of your child’s birth certificate - not required if your child already attends an East Lothian Council nursery or a funded provider/childminder that is in partnership with East Lothian Council
  4. an image file or electronic copy of your child’s Roman Catholic baptism certificate  - only for Roman Catholic school applications, if applicable

We accept photographs or screenshots as long as we can see the whole document clearly.

Enrol your child to start school in P1 in August 2022

If you cannot find your most recent Council Tax statement and require another copy:

Email selfservice@eastlothian.gov.uk to sign up to ebilling.

Include the following in your email:

  • say your email refers to P1 enrolment
  • say you want to sign up for ebilling to get a copy of your Council Tax bill
  • the full names of everyone registered to pay Council Tax at your property
  • the full address including the postcode
  • the email address you want your Council Tax bills sent to

Once your account has been verified you will get an up-to-date PDF copy of your bill, and all future bills will be sent to you by email.

Advice and more information

If you have any questions email schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk for advice.

Read more information on school enrolment and non-catchment placing requests in the School Enrolment booklet.