Renfrewshire Council

Apply for a place at school

Register for P1 class, class sizes, early and deferred entry, apply for another school, moving into Renfrewshire, what evidence you need, additional support needs (ASN), local schools.

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Class sizes

In Scotland, primary one (P1) classes have a maximum of 25 children per class. 

Class sizes for the other primary years are:

  • Primary Two (P2) up to 30 children per class
  • Primary Three (P3) up to 30 children per class
  • Primary Four (P4) up to 33 children per class 
  • Primary Five (P5) up to 33 children per class
  • Primary Six (P6) up to 33 children per class
  • Primary Seven (P7) up to 33 children per class

If there are two primary class years together, they will have a maxium ofr 25 children per class. For example, a primary one and primary two class together could have 5 primary one children and 20 primary two children in the same class.

Children living in a catchment area have priority for places at their local school. 

If there are more children registered in a school than available places, we may have to redirect some pupils to another local school. We use a ballot to choose the pupils who are redirected. If we need to do this, we will let parents know as soon as possible.

See the admissions to schools and placing request policy [1MB] .

Early entry to school

You can ask for early entry to school if your child's fifth birthday is later than 28 February. However, you should consider the impact this will have on your child and their education.

Find out more about what to consider before early entry to school.

Deferred entry to school

If you want to delay the date when your child starts primary school, you must still register them at their local school.

Contact your child's nursery or childcare centre to ask for their place to be deferred. They will provide you with an application form to defer your child's place in Primary 1 (P1) class. Complete this form and give it your nursery or childcare provider. 

If your child's deferral is confirmed, you will need to register them at their local school again next year, as their school place for this year will be offered to another child.

You can apply for an additional year at nursery and defer your child's place at school.

Apply for a place at another school

You can ask for your child to go to a school other than your local school. This is called a placing request

If you're applying for a Primary 1 (P1) place, you'll need to register them at their local school first before you can apply for a place at a school outside their catchment area.

If they are already at school and you want to apply for a place at another primary, secondary, or additional support needs (ASN) school in Renfrewshire, you should make a placing request.

Schools in Renfrewshire

If you're moving into Renfrewshire

If you're moving into Renfrewshire and your child has been going to another school, you should contact the new school with proof that you now live in that catchment area.

Schools in Renfrewshire

If you're not living at your address yet, you'll need to provide either a completed contract or a signed and witnessed tenancy agreement or lease.

What evidence you need to provide

When you are applying for a school place, you must provide:

  • evidence of your child's age
  • proof that your family live in the catchment area of the school.

You will need to provide:

  • your child's full birth certificate
  • your most recent Council Tax notice
  • a Child Benefit Statement
  • a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate, if required.

If you don't have a Child Benefit Statement, you'll need to provide us with one of the following:

  • driving licence
  • bank statement
  • a utility bill, such as a gas or electricity bill, dated within the last 3 months that shows your current address
  • a court order, Looked After Child or foster carer documents.

We may ask you for more evidence if we need more proof of where you live. You must provide original documents if we ask for them. 

Additional support needs (ASN)

If your child needs additional support at school, we may be able to help with a plan to get them the support they need.

Find out more about additional support needs for learning (ASN).

Primary, secondary and Additional Support Needs (ASN) schools in Renfrewshire

To find out what schools there are in Renfrewshire, see the:

All schools have a handbook which is updated every year. It is a good source of information about the school.  You can find the links to each school's website on each of the primary school pages, secondary school pages and additional support needs (ASN) schools pages.

More information about schools and registration

You can get more information about schools in your catchment area or help with the registration process if you:

You can also find out about schools in Scotland and information about learning and education on the Parentzone Scotland website.

See also the guide for parents on choosing a school and the placing request system on the Scottish Government website.