Last updated:

20th March 2024

Schools and catchment or 'designated' areas

Locate your 'designated' or catchment area

Designated or 'catchment' areas

Most schools have a designated or 'catchment' area which is an integral part of their over-subscription criteria and is used when considering school place offers. However, parents can apply for places at any school suitable for their child, even if they do not live in this designated area. When deciding which schools to apply for, we strongly encourage you to use all four preferences in your application and consider schools that are nearest to your home address, even if they are outside of the designated area, as well as being easier to get to, such schools are more likely to be able to admit your child.

Find your catchment area

Use our schools designated areas map to find out which designated or 'catchment' area you live in (or to find the designated area of a particular school). Search for an address or postcode using the text box or a location on the map using the 'set location' map pin.

Contact our school admissions team

Email (opens your email application) for full details of nearest local schools.

Admissions guides

Refer to our school admissions pages for admissions guides.

The following schools do not have designated areas

Contact these schools directly for information about their admissions criteria:

  • Floreat Montague Park primary school
  • St Teresa’s Catholic primary school
  • St Dominic Savio Catholic primary school
  • Beechwood primary school
  • Forest Secondary school

Oakbank Secondary School and Aldergrove Primary School - these schools have newly designated areas. Contact these schools directly if you believe you live within their designated areas.

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information the Council hold on catchment areas, anomalies do exist. You are advised to discuss your full details with a member of the school admissions team before carrying out any action as a result of search findings.

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