Enrolment To Schools and Centres 2023

Enrolment is now open for children entering nursery, P1 and S1 in Comhairle schools and centres for August 2023 onwards. Parents and carers should enrol eligible children by Friday 17th February 2023.

Enrolment forms for all stages can be accessed on our enrolment pages (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Gaelic First

The Comhairle supports and promotes Gaelic Medium Education for all learners and operates a ‘Gaelic First’ policy in all settings, making the default enrolment position to be into Gaelic Medium Education. Parents and carers can choose to opt out to English Medium Education within the enrolment form.

You can find out more about Gaelic Medium Education by speaking to staff at your school or centre or by visiting FoghlamGàidhlig (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) (text available in Gaelic and English).

Enrolment To Sgoil Àraich/Nursery

Enrolment is open for the 2023-24 session and free nursery places are available for children who:

  • are 4 years of age and are not currently registered with a nursery;
  • will be 3 years of age between 1 March 2023 and 28 February 2024;
  • will be 2 years of age between 1 March 2023 and 28 February 2024 and whose parent(s)/carer(s) are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits.

Eligibility for early learning and childcare throughout the year is as follows:

  • From the Autumn Term (Aug - Dec) - children born between 1 March and 31 August
  • From the Spring Term (Jan - March) - children born between 1 September and 31 December
  • From the Summer Term (April - June) - children born between 1 January and 28 February

All eligible children will have the choice of a term-time place of up to 30 funded hours per week (for 38 weeks of the year) or a full-year place of up to 22.5 funded hours per week (for 50 weeks of the year) dependant on availability.

Enrolment To Primary One

Children who will be four years of age by 28th February 2023 are eligible for P1 enrolment.  Parents and carers who wish to enrol their child(ren) are requested to do so no later than Friday 17th February 2023.

Deferred Entry to P1 - Changes to enrolment rules that come into effect from August 2023 mean that any child that is not yet five years of age by the start of the term on 17th August 2023 will be eligible to apply to defer entry to P1 and receive another year of funded pre-school provision, then subsequently enrol next year for P1 for August 2024.

If parents/carers are considering deferral of a child’s entry to school, they should discuss this with the child’s early years provider in the first instance to allow consideration of the child’s readiness to enrol in school. A deferred entry application form must then be completed to initiate the deferral process. Forms can be requested from your early years setting.

Enrolment To Secondary One

An S1 enrolment form must be completed no later than Friday 17th February 2023 for all children that will be completing P7 by 30th June 2023.  Transition of enrolment from primary to secondary is not automatic and a new enrolment is required for the designated secondary school before a pupil can be accepted on roll.

Placing Requests - Out Of Catchment Enrolment

In addition to the main enrolment form, parents and carers who wish to apply for a place at a school other than their local catchment school are required to complete and submit a Placing Request Online Form. This must be submitted no later than 1 March 2023. Any out-of-catchment enrolments submitted via this form will continue to be considered provisional until receipt of an approved placing request application. If you are unsure about the catchment area of your proposed school, please contact the school office and they will be able to advise.

The Placing Request Form can be access on the enrolment pages.