Parents are invited to enrol their child for school in January of the year in which children are due to start school. To start school in August 2021, children with a surname beginning with A-L should enrol on 13th January 2021, and children with a surname beginning with M-Z should enrol on 14th January 2021. Details may be found in local press and social media, or by contacting the school. Children by law are entitled to start their formal education at the beginning of the session in August if they are five years of age on or before the last day of February of the same school session.
Parents should enrol their child in the Primary School for which they are zoned. If a placing request to another school is being considered, then parents should inform the Head Teacher during enrolment in January. The necessary information and placing request forms can be found in the Inverclyde Council leaflet “Sending Your Child to School”. These can be supplied during enrolment upon request. Placing requests must be made to the Council by 1st February 2021. The local authority does not provide transport for those pupils in receipt of a placing request except in exceptional circumstances.
Parents are requested to supply a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate on enrolment day in January and appropriate documentation to confirm their current address, such as a copy of a current Council Tax bill, a lease agreement or a lawyer’s letter to show house purchase has been successful, and a recent utilities bill. Please be aware that the arrangements for enrolling may be different this year due to the Covid -19 pandemic, and will be online. Updates will be shared once available.
Our transition programme from early years to Primary 1 ensures that the change from nursery to primary school is as smooth as possible and supports continued learning and progress.
Under normal circumstances, we invite the new P1 entrants and their parents to visit the school on a number of occasions during the summer term. This allows the children to get to know each other, as well as the school staff, and to become familiar with the Primary School environment. At this time, we give parents more information about Wemyss Bay Primary school and about Primary 1 in particular.