School Session 2021-2022




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Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Inverclyde Council has changed the way in which children register for primary school. This process will now be undertaken by completing an online application form which can be found in the related links section on the right hand side of this page. Please note that applications cannot be submitted before 11 January 2021.

It’s vitally important that parents follow the online registration process to register their child for a Primary 1 place in an Inverclyde school.  Prior to completing the P1 registration form, it is recommended that you read the Sending Your Child to School booklet which is available in the documents section. 

Children who reach the age of five years between 1 March 2021 and 28 February 2022 are due to start Primary 1 at the beginning of the new school term in August 2021. Parents are asked to register their child in their chosen denominational or non-denominational catchment primary school, between Monday 11 January 2021 to Friday 15 January 2021.

There are no denominational primary schools within the areas of Quarriers Village, Kilmacolm, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay. Parents often choose to send their children to the local non-denominational primary school because of the travelling distance to their nearest denominational primary school. In such circumstances the following admission arrangements will apply:

  • Only those children who have a certificate of baptism into the Roman Catholic faith when registering for Primary 1 will have the choice at Primary 7 to seek admission to the denominational school assigned to their address.  For more information, please read our Pupil Placement Policy which is available in the documents section. 

Once parents have completed the Primary 1 registration, they will have the choice to complete a placing request application to a school other than the catchment primary (This includes Primary 1 Gaelic Medium education at Whinhill Primary School).  A deferred entry application is also available to parents considering deferring their child’s entry to Primary 1 in August 2021.

No documents will be required at this stage; however, we may have to contact you, should we require further information.

Parents will be notified by 30 April 2021 confirming their child’s place in school and information regarding induction days will follow from the school after this date.

Parents who do not have internet access to apply online, are asked to contact their child’s current Early Years Establishment for assistance.

Placing Request

If you have completed the P1 registration process and did not apply for a placing request at that time, you can still make an application, by contacting your Education Services on 01475 712850.

All placing request applications must be submitted by 1 February 2021. Applications received after 1 February will not be considered until the placing request process is complete. Applications will be acknowledged within five working days of receipt of each application (excluding school holidays). If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Education Services on 01475 712850 to ensure your form has arrived. Parents will be advised of the outcome of their request no later than 30 April.

Defer Entry

If you have completed the P1 registration process and did not apply for a defer entry at that time, you can still make an application, by contacting Education Services on 01475 712850.

All defer entry applications must be submitted by 1 February 2021.

Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application no later than 30 April.

Entry Age

If a child has not reached the age of 5 years by the last day in February they would not be eligible to register at this time. In exceptional circumstances, a formal request in writing for early entry should be submitted to Education Services for consideration.

Arrangements for pupils with additional support needs

Inverclyde Council has a policy on inclusion and equality which incorporates the assumption that all children will routinely be educated within their own community. Transitional arrangements for children with additional support needs, moving from nursery to primary or primary to secondary, are discussed at a child’s review meeting. Any child or young person with additional support needs who requires more specialist support will be discussed at Inverclyde’s Additional Support Needs Monitoring Forum. The Forum will make recommendations related to resources, support and necessary specialist placements.