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School Admissions

As you may already be aware, the Education Committee approved the recent consultation on proposed new arrangements to school admissions, the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary school and placing requests.

School admissions, pupil transfers from primary to secondary and placing requests will be administered in line with the new arrangements from January 2017 and beyond.  Any placing request applications for school places in academic session 2017-18 submitted before January 2017 will be accepted however, please note that they will be processed in line with the new policy; there will be no need for parents/carers to submit another application.

As part of the changes to our arrangements, an online facility is now available for the submission of placing requests; please find the link below:

Registering a child for school – Primary 1 August 2017

Children turning 5 between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017 will be able to attend school in August 2016. To do so they must be registered. You must register your child at your catchment school.

Registration for primary schools in East Renfrewshire will take place from Monday 16 January until Friday 20 January between 1.45pm and 3.30pm.

Parents/carers must provide satisfactory documentary evidence of the age of their child and that their family live within the catchment area of the school. This evidence includes:

  • the child’s birth certificate
  • a recent child benefit statement. In the event that a child benefit statement is not available, a driving licence or a bank statement/utility bill showing transactions over the most recent 3 months and the applicant’s address may be accepted.
  • the most recent council tax notice
  • proof of ownership such as a mortgage statement or
  • a signed and independently witnessed residency/tenant agreement for at least 1 year i.e. evidence that covers the entire calendar year from the date of application. If the agreement expires before this date, a further agreement will be required to be submitted at a later date before registration will be confirmed.

The list above is not exhaustive and the Council retains the right to ask for further information when proof of residency is not satisfied.

Further information on the registration process.

More information on making a placing requests to a school other than your catchment school can be found on the Council’s website.

Scottish Book Week is here


The Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Education Scotland are giving free resources to all Primary One, Two and Three children during Scottish Book Week 21st to 25th November.

Primary One pupils and their parents are invited to the library at Barrhead Foundry on Tuesday 22nd November for a gifting session with library staff starting at 10.45am. All children will be given their book bag to take home.

Parents of children in P2 and P3 will have the opportunity to work with their children in school using items from their bags on the following dates:

Primary 2 – Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm. A short introduction to Read, Write, Count website and bags in Music Room with Mrs Fleming.

Classroom Session – Parents will explore a book from the P2 bag with their children.  Parents and children will then work together on creative challenges linked to the story.

Parent’s guide with lots more ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home – a printed copy will be in your P2 Read, Write Count bag.

Primary 3  – Wednesday 23rd November at 2pm


A short introduction to Read, Write, Count website and bags in Music Room with Mrs Fleming. This will be followed by a vist to primary 3 .  Parents will work with their children on a creative task linked to the book.


Parent’s guide with lots more ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home – a printed copy will be in your P3 Read, Write Count bag.

You can follow @ReadWriteCount on Twitter for useful hints and tip for parents.  There is also a useful website at

Some upper school classes will also have the opportunity to visit the Foundry during Scottish Book Week to encourage them to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Primary 6 are visiting the Foundry for a workshop with Amanda Robb from the local history and heritage service to learn about what Barrhead was like in Victorian Times.  If you are interested about Barrhead’s history visit Portal to the Past .


Primary 7 Residential Visit

many thanks to all of the parents who attended the introductory meeting about our Primary 7 visit to Belmont.  If anyone would like further information on the centre here is a link to the SOEC website.

A letter will be sent home asking if you would like a place for your child on this visit.  Please return slips to school.  Further information about using ParentPay to pay online for educational visits will be given when this is up and running.


Harvest Assembly

Harvest assembly will be led by Primary One classes on Thursday 13th October at 9.50am.  Primary 4 are collecting donations for the Barrrhead Foodbank as part of our Harvest celebrations.  Please send donations of tins and packets into school tomorrow or first thing on Thursday morning.

Thank you

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