Schools in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire has 49 primary schools, 11 secondary schools and two additional support needs schools educating more than 23,000 young people.

Schools play a leading role in a holistic approach aimed at ensuring all children and young people achieve their potential.

Renfrewshire Council are committed to providing the best teaching environment possible and have the best education and children’s services workforce in Scotland.

Visit Renfrewshire Council for a full list of primary and secondary schools in Renfrewshire.

Find out what school is in your catchment area?

Every house in Renfrewshire has a surrounding area that associates it with a primary and secondary school, this is call the catchment area.

If you live in Renfrewshire, or are thinking of putting down roots, find out here what catchment area you would be in. Alternatively call Renfrewshire Council Children’s Services on 0300 300 0170 or email

Placing requests

You may ask for your child to go to a school other than your catchment school. This is called making a placing request. Renfrewshire Council has a duty to grant placing requests, wherever possible. If you would like to make a placing request, you should complete the Placing Request Application Form available on the Renfrewshire Council website where there is also more information about the application process.

Moving into Renfrewshire

If you are moving into Renfrewshire and your child has already been to a school elsewhere, Renfrewshire Council’s Children’s Services will help you with your transfer request.

Simply provide them with proof of your new address and your child’s original birth certificate. Valid proof of address include:

  • Council tax notice or proof that you have registered for council tax at that property
  • Solicitor’s letter confirming missives have been concluded
  • Rent book for rented property
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Confirmation of mortgage
  • Bank statement

Paisley is also home to the University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland. It it is only ten minutes by train to Glasgow city centre which has the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Glasgow School of Art.


We have had nothing but positive experiences since moving here.

Martyn Cosh
Head of Mirren Park School

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