At Sciennes, there are 23 classes and a pupil population of 665. We have three classes per stage in P2-P7 with four classes in P1. Maximum class size is 25 in P1, 30 in P2 and P3 with 33 in P4-P7. Sciennes does not have a Nursery.
The City of Edinburgh is divided into catchment areas. Every household in Edinburgh has a catchment area associated with it, where you would be given priority admission (with the exception of Gaelic education provision).
Please note that your nearest school may not be your catchment school. [Check the catchment maps links below.] Typically, each year we have a waiting list for places at Sciennes where catchment children then non catchment children with siblings already at Sciennes will take priority.
P1 Enrolment for Aug 2021
If your child’s date of birth is between 1 March 2016 and 29 February 2017 they are due to start primary school in August 2021.
There is no P1 Open Day this year due to Covid restrictions.
New P1 Parents/Carers will have received their P1 Enrolment letter.
Between 2nd November and 13th November, parents/carers should go to the link below then to the P1 Enrolment section and enrol their child in their chosen catchment school.
(Please note that this link will be live from 2nd November.)
Parents/carers can then upload photos/scans of the following:
• Council Tax form for this year in the parent’s name (or 2 proofs of address in the parent’s name if not eligible to pay council tax – i.e. a utility bill such as gas, electricity, landline telephone or broadband, dated within last six months)
Maps of City of Edinburgh school catchments:
Advice on School Places from City of Edinburgh Council:
Sciennes will hold the annual City of Edinburgh ‘Catchment Primary School Open Day’ on Wednesday October 30th 2019 for our new intake of Primary One pupils in August 2020
Getting ready to start school? Register your child at your catchment school during Registration Week in November, ready to begin Primary One in August.
The Induction Days for the new Primary One pupils due to start school in August are held in June. Details of times and classes will be sent out to the new pupils.
In the first instance, parents of pupils who have moved into the catchment area or who wish their child to transfer to the school, should make contact with the School Office directly (preferably in writing) to enquire if there is a space for their child in the relevant year group.
We work closely with James Gillespie’s High School (JGHS) throughout the year to support an effective transition to S1.
In order to lessen anxieties and improve children’s confidence in making the transition, James Gillespie High School’s Support for Learning (SfL) Department has developed a comprehensive Enhanced Transition programme.