Enrolling your child for Primary One (P1) starting in August 2024
Arrangements are now in place to enrol pupils to primary one (P1) for August 2024 across East Lothian schools.
Any child whose fifth birthday falls between 1 March 2024 (born 1 March 2019) and the last day of February 2025 (born 29 February 2020) is eligible to start school in August 2024.
The online P1 enrolment period ended on 4 December 2023. After this date you should contact the catchment primary school directly, and complete a late enrolment with them.
P1 enrolment arrangements for starting school in August 2024
If your child is age-eligible to start school in August 2024 and you live in the East Lothian Council area you should enrol your child for P1 in your catchment primary school. If you did not complete a P1 online enrolment for your child before 4 December 2023, you will now need to contact the catchment primary school directly and complete a late enrolment with them.
If you previously deferred your child’s entry to P1 from August 2023 to August 2024, you should also enrol your child for P1 now.
The online P1 enrolment period was from 13 November 2023 to 4 December 2023.
- if your child attends a nursery class in an East Lothian primary school you must still submit a 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 email@example.com for clarification on your catchment school.
- you must resident in East Lothian to enrol for a place in Primary 1 and be living at the address entered on the enrolment form (proof of address is required). If you are moving address in the coming months - email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on the process to follow.
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 a P1 enrolment form for the catchment primary school - read about making a non-catchment placing request
If you want to defer your child's entry to P1 for a year, you should still submit a 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 2024. Application information will be distributed to early years’ settings in January 2024.
Advice and more information
If you have any questions email email@example.com for advice.
Read more information on school enrolment and non-catchment placing requests in the School Enrolment booklet.