At Sciennes, there are 22 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.
Maps of City of Edinburgh school catchments:
Advice on School Places from City of Edinburgh Council:
Previous Sciennes School Places Website:
Sciennes held the annual City of Edinburgh ‘Catchment Primary School Open Day’ on October 31st 2018 for our new intake of Primary One pupils in August 2019.
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.