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?
The closing date for submitting a placing request for session 2021/22 is 15 March 2021. For requests received by the closing date of 15 March 2021, parents/carers will be informed of the outcome of their requests by 30 April 2021. 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] is available online for parents, carers and young persons.
Please note for school session 2021/22 commencing 18 August 2021, 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 2021-22
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.