The registration of children due to start school in August of any year will take place at the local school in the January of that year. Official dates for registration will be announced in the press and parents will be notified concerning details of time etc. by the local Head Teacher. In keeping with the policy of Baird Memorial Primary School, parents are invited to contact the school at any time should they have a query with regard to the registration process. A child who reaches his/her fifth birthday between 1 March 2017 and February 2018 shall be registered in the local primary school before 1 February 2018.
Parents who wish to enrol their child at Baird Memorial Primary School may do so on the specified day or at a time convenient to both the parent and Head Teacher. An informal visit to the school prior to enrolment is encouraged. There will be an induction programme organised in May/June for our new P.1 pupils and their parents. Within the programme the children will be given an opportunity to meet their new teacher and become familiar with the class environment. Our P.1 curriculum will be explained to parents and possible strategies for parents to prepare their child will be discussed.
Information regarding the enrolment of a child at another school can be obtained from the Head Teacher of the local school where the child will register.
You have the right to make a placing request for your child to be educated in a school other than their catchment school. In December each year, the authority will advertise its arrangements for placing requests. There are sound educational reasons for trying to ensure that the transfer or admission of children to a school takes place at the start of a school session. Other than those who are moving home or to a new area, parents are advised to time any placing requests so that they take effect from the beginning of the new school session. Every effort will be made to try to meet the parental wishes, but you should note that it is not always possible to grant every placing request to a particular school.
Placing requests to Primary School does not necessarily ensure that your child will have a direct entry into the associated secondary. Advice on this must be sought from the Primary School Headteacher. All placing requests details and procedures are available from the school or the council’s website.
Admission During Term Time
Parents who wish to enrol children during term time are invited to visit the school at a time convenient to both the parent and the Head Teacher and discuss any concerns they may have
Parents and Young People have a right under the Additional Support for Learning Act 2009 as amended by the Education (Additional Support for Learning)(Scotland) Act 2009 to make a placing request for their child or young person to attend a nursery (including partnership nursery), special school or, special class managed by the home authority. In the event of a successful placing request the authority are not required to provide transport. The Act also enables parents and young people to make a placing request to attend a school/establishment belonging to another authority.