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Primary school enrolment

Children whose 5th birthday falls between 1 March 2023 and 28 February 2024 should register for primary education starting in August 2023.

In Scotland, children usually start primary school in the year preceding or during which they have their 5th birthday.

However, from August 2023 a change in Scottish Government Legislation means that parents have the legal right to defer their child’s entry into primary school.

Registration for School Session 2023/2024: Starting August 2023

Registration for primary education starting in August 2023 was an online process that took place from Monday 9 January 2023 until Sunday 22 January 2023.

If you have any questions about your registration process, please contact us by telephone on 01294 310000 or by emailing educationresources@north-ayrshire.gov.uk.

What happens next?

Your child’s details will be forwarded to their registered school. If any additional supporting documents are required the school will request these and make arrangements for you to present them.

The school will contact you directly by May 2023 regarding any induction arrangements.

Please note: registration at your catchment area primary school does not guarantee entry to that school.

Find your school catchment area

Use YourLocation to find your local school or contact your local primary school for details on the area it serves.

Placing requests

You have the right to apply for a placing request for your child to attend a school outside your catchment area. You must enrol your child at their catchment primary school before applying for a Placing Request.

Deferred Entry

A deferred entry application is also available to parents considering deferring their child's entry to primary school in August 2023. Further information can be found by visiting our Delayed and early school entry page.

Additional support for learning

If you feel that your child may need additional support when they start school, our Additional Learning Support Services page provides information and advice.

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