Placing requests - making a request

How to make a placing request

If you wish to make a placing request, please complete a pdf icon Placing Request Form [2Mb] for each child.

You do not have to give a reason for making a placing request. However, if there are more requests than places available, your case may be strengthened if your reasons are known.

You should send the completed form(s) to us and also inform the head teacher of your local school that you are making a placing request.

You should receive an acknowledgement from us within five working days of receipt of your application.

For placing requests submitted by 15 March you will normally be notified of the decision by 30 April. For requests made at other times of the year decisions will be made within two months of the submission dates.

Your placing request will be considered against a set of guidelines which set out our priorities for admission. A separate list of priorities is applied when considering placing requests for delineated schools.

If your placing request is successful, you will be asked to contact the school to make arrangements for enrolment.

If your request is refused

If your placing request is refused or you are not advised of the decision by 30 April (or within two months for requests made at other times of the year), you may lodge an appeal. Please contact us to find out more about making an appeal.

By the time of the appeal you will know the reasons why your placing request has been refused. You will be given the opportunity to present your case in person or through a representative to an appeal committee established by us.

If the appeal committee refuses your request you have the right of further appeal to the Sheriff. In the case of early entry requests, there is no right of appeal.

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