Families with children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 March 2022 and last day of February 2023 will soon be able to enrol their child for primary one for the academic year starting August 2022.

Enrolment is via the council’s website https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/p1-enrolment.

The online P1 enrolment form will be available from 9:00am on Monday 8 November until 29 November 2021. Families who deferred their child’s entry to P1 from August 2021 to August 2022 should also enrol your child for P1 at this time.

An online enrolment process has been developed that will also allow parents and carers to securely upload the necessary verification documents. These are an image or electronic copy of:

  • the most recent Council Tax Assessment statement
  • a utility bill dated within the last six months
  • a copy of the child’s birth certificate. (This is not required if the child already attends an East Lothian Council nursery or a funded provider/childminder that is in partnership with the council)
  • the child’s Roman Catholic baptism certificate (for RC school P1 applications, if applicable).

Although most children will attend their catchment school, under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 parents can request that their child attends a different school. This is known as a non-catchment placing request. Non-catchment placing requests should be made by 31 December 2021.

Families considering deferring their child’s entry to P1 for a year should still submit an online enrolment form for the catchment school so that a place can be held for their child until the deferral decisions are made in March 2022.

An information booklet with full information on enrolment and non-catchment placing requests can be downloaded from the council’s website: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/schoolenrolandplacingrequests

Published: Friday, 5th November 2021