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Occasionally parents or carers may wish to send their children to a school which is not in their school catchment area. 

If this is the case, you need to complete a school placing request form to the education authority. 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.


If your placing request is refused by the Head of Service, 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.

Apply for a school placing

Apply online or download an application form

  • School placing request application form
    Please note that applications may take up to 28 days to process
  • Part A - Pupil Details
  • Address
  • Sex
  • Does your child have additional support, medical or behavioural needs?
  • Part B - Current Registered School
  • Address of 'Other' school
  • Part C - School Requested
  • Address of 'Other' school
  • Part D - Reason for Request
    Please provide as much information as possible as it could be an advantage if there are more requests than places available in the school you have requested
  • Part E - Brothers and Sisters
    Please list the full name, age and school attended for all brothers and sisters of school age in the family or enter none if this is the case
  • Part F - Parent/Guardian details
  • Address if different from pupils
  • Are you happy for us to contact you by email regarding your placing request application?
  • Statements
  • Please read and tick the relevant statement (one statement only)
  • Data Protection Act 1998
    Your information may be used by East Ayrshire Council for the purpose of the administration of placing request and to confirm and update the Council's records held for this purpose

Contact Information

School Admissions including placing requests
Civic Centre South
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 07500 891719
Telephone: 07385 394638


Home Education
Civic Centre South
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 07500 912902
Telephone: 07385 394638