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School admissions

Primary school admissions

Under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, children who are five years of age between 1 March 2020 and 28 February 2021, and whose parents wish them to attend school, should be registered for education during the week commencing Monday 13 January 2020.

We advertise details of arrangements in the local press (Kilmarnock Standard/Cumnock Chronicle) and on this page in December and January each year.

How to register

Parents should take their children to their appropriate local primary school during registration week and check the day(s)/time(s) of enrolment with the school concerned.

Birth certificates must be produced and proof of your residence in the catchment area in the form of a council tax notice or utility bill.

If you have requested your child attends a Roman Catholic school and your child is baptised Roman Catholic, you must provide a copy of the baptismal certificate. 

View contact details of all East Ayrshire primary schools

Secondary school admissions

We issue transfer forms to parents/carers via their child's primary school during their final year. When completed, you should return the form to the primary school. Information is then passed to the appropriate secondary school.

Please note that parents/carers who choose a school for their child which is not their catchment area school are not entitled to receive free transport to and from school.

View contact details of all East Ayrshire secondary schools

Gaelic medium education

We recognise that Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cultural life. The Council is committed to the objectives set out in the National Gaelic Language Plan and we have put in place the necessary structures and initiatives to assist in ensuring that Gaelic has a sustainable future in Scotland.

We recognise that the position of Gaelic is extremely fragile and, if Gaelic is to be revitalised as a living language in Scotland, a concerted effort on the part of government, the public and private sectors, community organisations and individual speakers is required to:

  • enhance the status of Gaelic
  • promote the acquisition and learning of Gaelic
  • and encourage the increased use of Gaelic

Find out more about Gaelic medium education in East Ayrshire

Placing requests

It is customary for children to attend their local school assigned to that catchment area. However, occasionally parents or carers may wish to send their children to a school which is not in their school catchment area. 

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If this is the case, a parent or carer may make a written request to place their child in any other school under the management of the education authority, having enrolled them at their local school (as above).  This written request is referred to as a Placing Request.

Placing requests for the session beginning August 2020, for both primary and secondary schools must be received by 31 January 2020.  Please note that if you select a school which is not in your catchment area, your child will not be entitled to receive free school transport to and from school.

A Placing Request application can be completed and submitted online or applications can be sent to:

Education Services
Civic Centre South
16 John Dickie Street
KA1 1HW 


If your placing request is refused by the Head of Education, you can appeal in writing, within 28 days of receiving the refusal.

An appeals panel will then be arranged by the Registrar.  At this hearing, a panel which is made up of one elected member and two parent council representatives will make a decision on whether to uphold or reject the appeal.  An officer from legal services will also attend the hearing to provide advice to the panel.

If you remain unhappy with the decision, you have the right to seek a final appeal at the Sheriff Court within 28 days of being advised of the appeals panel's decision.

Find out more about Education appeals.

Contact Information

Education Service
Civic Centre South
16 John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 555650