School Admission FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an associated school?

An associated primary school is a feeder school to the secondary school. Associated schools work with the secondary school in a 3 to 18 cluster. This involved teachers from early years / primary and secondary working together to develop approaches to the curriculum, learning and teaching and assessment. Primary and secondary teachers work together on approaches which are then implemented in the classroom. This has benefits to pupils and aims to raise attainment. This work is also supported through primary and secondary teachers working co-operatively with primary pupils. This programme varies in different clusters but takes place throughout Primary 7 and often includes Primary 6.

If a child is redirected, do they have to go to the other catchment secondary school?

The school, which the child would be redirected to, would be agreed with the parents. It would be another local secondary school, not necessarily the other catchment school.

Freedom of Information requests - Roll Projections  

All roll projections for secondary schools include the known housing developments.  The projections do not take in to account placing requests, which would be considered after all catchment children have been allocated.

Roll projections for Bearsden and Milngavie Secondary Schools [opens in a new window] (October 2019 data - See updated November below):

Roll Projections for Bearsden Academy [opens in a new window] (updated November 2019):

Roll projections for Bishopbriggs Academy [opens in a new window] (updated November 2019);

Roll Projections for Boclair Academy [opens in a new window]  (updated November 2019):

Roll Projections for Douglas Academy [opens in a new window]  (updated November 2019):

Roll Projections for Kirkintilloch High [opens in a new window]  (updated November 2019):  

Roll Projections for Lenzie Academy [opens in a new window]  (updated November 2019):

Roll Projections for St Ninians High [opens in a new window] (updated November 2019):    

Roll Projections for Turnbull High [opens in a new window] (updated November 2019):

Copies of the present Procedure Manuals 

Admission of pupils to schools [opens in a new window]

Mid session pupil transfers [opens in a new window]

Transfer or pupils from primary to secondary school; [opens in a new window]

Under the proposed changes, would places at the Education Specialist Provision have priority over catchment children?

The proposal is that children who apply to the Education Specialist Provision would be allocated a place with the catchment children. If a school was oversubscribed, these places would be allocated first then the catchment places.

How do I contact my local Councillor?

View our list of Councillors [opens in a new window]

Can these proposals be changed as a result of the consultation?

This is a statutory consultation and the Council requires to take account of the responses. Education Scotland make an independent assessment of the proposals. The proposal can be altered but it may require a further consultation if a major change was made. At this time no decision has been made and the Council will take full account of the responses to the consultation.

How is the home to school distance calculated?

It is the home to school distance by a safe walking route.

Why are children, who attend St Nicholas Primary in Bearsden not being given the same right to a catchment place at their local secondary school?

Children, who live in the catchment, are still entitled to a catchment place no matter which primary school they attend. This proposal does not change that. Some councils require parents to complete a placing request if they move their child from one sector to another (i.e non-denominational to denominational or vice versa). East Dunbartonshire Council does not require this.

The proposal is that the prioritisation would be used if the secondary school is over-subscribed when the places in S1 are allocated in April each year.

Why has this criteria been proposed?

The proposal is that the criteria for allocating placing requests would be used if a school is oversubscribed. This is a common approach across other Councils.

If a school is oversubscribed for catchment children, would a child who has a sibling at the school but does not live in the catchment area have priority?

No all catchment places are allocated first before any placing requests (i.e. children from outwith the catchment) could be considered.

What is the consultation process?

The consultation is being carried out in line with the School Consultation Act ( Scotland) 2010 and the associated statutory guidance. The timeline for a consultation is clearly defined as a minimum of 30 school days i.e six weeks. The next stage is for Education Scotland to prepare an independent report on the proposals.

The Council will then consider the responses to the consultation and the report from Education Scotland.

The Council then prepares a report, taking account of the consultation. This report is published three weeks prior to any decision by the Council. This gives stakeholders an opportunity to consider the final proposals from the Council. The proposals can be changed as a result of the consultation. However if these changes are significantly different from the original proposals, then there would require to be a new consultation. 

Education Specialist Provision S1 roll numbers for the past 3 years


Education Specialist




Music School

Douglas Academy







Gaelic Education:

Meadowburn Primary

Bishopbriggs Academy










Celtic Academy

St Ninian's High







Rangers Academy

Boclair Academy







The returns with * are figures under 5 and we do not disclose this as the pupils may be identifiable.

How many secondary pupils are transported from the Bishopbriggs area to Secondary Schools outwith Bishopbriggs by the Council.

The number of pupils transferred is below 5, so we do not disclose the number or school these pupils are transported too.

What are the changes to the original proposals being considered?

If a non-denominational secondary  school is oversubscribed the following criteria is proposed for allocating places -  with the possible amendments in bold:

A.    Children , who live in the catchment area, and have a sibling in the school when the placement takes effect;

B.    Children , who live in the catchment and attend an associated primary school or an East Dunbartonshire primary school, where the associated secondary     school is not within 5 miles of the primary school:
 Has additional support needs / medical needs that require to be met within that school;
If within this category further prioritisation was required it would be length of time in attendance at the primary school;
Then if further prioritisation was required,  it would be distance from the school. 

C.    Children, who live in the catchment and attend another primary school;
 Has additional support needs / medical needs that require to be met within that school;
Then if further prioritisation was required then it would be distance from the school;

Developer Contribution Guidance Note

This document details the housing developer contribution guidance [opens in a new window] to the Council for their contributions when house building is going on in the area: