Every parent and carer who has a child of school age must provide that child with
an education suitable to their age and ability. You must do this by making sure
your child regularly attends school or by other means, such as home education. We
have a duty to provide appropriate education for all children over 5 years and
under 16 years of age.
Each school serves an area which is known as the school catchment. Each address
the Falkirk Council area is allocated a primary and secondary denominational and
Most children attend their catchment school but you may choose another school. At
the beginning of primary 1, you can choose to send your child to your catchment
area non-denominational or denominational school if they are baptised Roman Catholic.
A copy RC baptismal certificate must be provided.
Primary School enrolment
The start date for the 2017-2018 session is 23 August 2017.
Schools enrol pupils in January each year. Parents enrol children by going along in person to the catchment school. Enrolment dates and times will be displayed on school webpages from November. Please contact your school if you miss the enrolment dates.
On enrolment day you will be asked to complete an enrolment form, provide a copy
of your child's birth certificate and evidence of your home address. If you have
requested your child attends a Roman Catholic school and your child is baptised
Catholic, you must provide a copy of the baptismal certificate.
At what age can my child start school?
If your child becomes 5 after 01 March 2017 and on or before 23 August 2017, your child
must start school in August 2017.
Children who become 5 after 23 August 2017 but before 01 March 2018 can also start
school in August 2017.
If your child is only 4 years of age at the start of the session in August 2017,
can choose to delay your child’s entry into primary 1.
- Additional Pre-school year
Children who become 5 years of age after 28 February 2018 are not entitled to
start primary education until August 2018. You can request for your child to start
earlier using our early entry application.
- Early entry to school form
You can read our Admissions policy to see how we prioritise admissions to schools
for both enrolments and placing requests.
- Admissions Policy
Secondary School enrolment
Most children will transfer to the catchment secondary school for their home address
once they have finished primary school. If a secondary 1 pupil would like to attend
a high school which is not their catchment high school, they must submit a placing
request. Transfers between denominational and non-denominational schools also need
a placing request.
Parents of primary 7 pupils will be told of the transition arrangements to high
each November. Pupils seeking a place at high school through a placing request will
be included in transition
arrangements to the requested high school wherever possible. This is because transition
arrangements begin before decisions about a placing request are made.