Council spotlight on primary one enrolment week

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is inviting parents of children due to start school to register their child for a place during enrolment week between November 23-27.

Parents of any child born between March 2011 and February 2012 should visit their local catchment school during enrolment week and enrol for primary one.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education, said: “When you visit your catchment school to register your child, the head teacher will ask you to show a copy of your child’s birth certificate and provide proof of residence in the area. You will then receive details on start dates, uniform requirements and a copy of the handbook.

“The visits also serve as a great opportunity for parents to see their local school, meet staff and ask any questions they may have.”

Children do not need to begin attendance at school until August after their fifth birthday. Parents or carers can opt to defer entry to school where the child’s fifth birthday falls between September 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.

However, under new statutory guidance, only children who will be five between January 1, 2017 and February 28, 2017 are entitled to a further funded year in early learning and childcare. Applications for deferred entry should be discussed with the head teacher.

Parents intending to make a placement request for their child at a primary school other than their local catchment school should still enrol at their local school. This will ensure a place is reserved at the local catchment school in the event the placement request is unsuccessful. Parents intending to make a placement request must also visit the head teacher of their preferred school by January 8, 2016.

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