The Scottish Parliament passed The Education (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 which came into force from 23 April 2020. These Regulations make amendments to the legislation relating to placing requests and the procedures for appeals and the Scottish Government has published
guidance on these amendments. The changes made by these Regulations are necessary as a result of coronavirus.
The Regulations amend the time limits relating to decisions on placing requests and also amend time limits relating to the hearing of appeals. The deadline to notify parents of decisions about placing requests for the coming school year in August has been extended from 30 April 2020 to 31 May 2020. The time limit for hearing any appeals submitted has been extended from 28 days to 3 months.
We are working to ensure that all parents will receive a decision about their placing requests by 31 May 2020.
What happens if I want to send my child to a school outside my local catchment area?
Although it is usual for children to attend their local catchment area school, you have the right to make a placing request asking that your child be placed in a school other than your local catchment area school.
We will try to grant your request, provided there are places at the school you choose.
How do I apply for a placing request?
Alternatively, application forms are available from any Perth & Kinross Council school or from Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth.
The closing date for submitting a placing request for session 2020/21 is 15 March 2020. Any requests made after this date will still be considered, but it is possible that places in certain schools may no longer be available.
A placing request guide [381Kb] for parents carers and young persons can be obtained from any Perth & Kinross Council school or from Education & Children's Services.
Please note for school session 2020/21 commencing 11 August 2020, places will be prioritised and allocated in accordance with the Revised School Admission Policy [32Kb].
It should be noted that where a successful placing request is made, you, as a parent/carer must accept full responsibility for the arrangement and cost of transport to and from the school.
If a placing request is refused, you can lodge an Appeal in writing which will be heard by an Appeals Committee.
Gaelic Medium Education
Gaelic medium education (primary education) is available to children entering P1 at Breadalbane Primary School, Aberfeldy and Goodlyburn Primary School, Perth. If you are outwith the catchment areas for these schools you can make a placing request. More information on Gaelic Medium Education can also be found in the Gaelic Medium Education Leaflet [2Mb] or by contacting 01738 476495.
Approval of Reserved Places for 2020-21
Reserved places refer to the number of places which Perth and Kinross Council considers are reasonably required to accommodate pupils likely to become resident within the catchment area of a school during the period of considering placing requests and during that school year.
In line with the Council's Scheme of Administration and the current suspension of Council and Committee meetings due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Reserved Places for 2020-2021 that were due to be considered by the Lifelong Learning Committee on 18 March 2020 ( Report No 20/75 [200Kb] along with Appendix 1 [80Kb]) have been implemented by the Executive Director (Education and Children's Services) in consultation with the relevant Elected Members.