Placing requests

Enrolling your child in a school other than their catchment school

If you wish your child to attend a school other than their catchment school, you need to complete a placing request application.

St Mary’s Episcopal Primary School in Dunblane is a denominational school. It does not have a catchment area and placement is not prioritised on the basis of religious affiliation. If you would like your child to attend this school you should enrol them at their catchment school first, and then submit a placing request.

How to do this

Parents/carers must register their child at the local catchment school even if a placing request application is being made. Failure to do so may cause a delay in processing the placing request.

When to submit a placing request

Parents/carers can only make a placing request in the academic session prior to the session they wish their child to be considered for. For example, a request can be made in August 2022 for admission in August 2023.

How long will the process take?

Normally a placing request for immediate admission will take between 4-6 weeks to process. This allows both the requested school and the current school to exchange information and respond to the Schools, Learning and Education Service. This process may take longer at specific times of the year. In the case of an application for the next academic session, all requests made up until 15 March are considered together and an outcome advised by 30 April.

Placing request policy
Choosing a school booklet


If your placing request is successful, school transport will not be provided by Stirling Council. You will be responsible for arrangement and cost of transport and also for the safety of your child going to and from the school.