Allocation of Places

Places in the school are allocated accordingly to the order of priority laid out in the various phases of the Primary One Registration Exercise. There will be balloting amongst the applicants if the number of applications to a school exceeds the number of vacancies available in any of the phases from Phase 2A(1) to Phase 2C Supplementary.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will reserve 40 places in every primary school for registrants in Phase 2B and 2C to ensure continued open access to all primary schools. The 40 places will be reserved for Phase 2B and 2C (20 places for each phase) before the start of the P1 Registration Exercise.

At the end of Phase 2A(2), 50% of the remaining places (including the 40 reserved places) will be allocated for Phase 2B and the other 50% for Phase 2C registrants in a school. In the event that there are vacancies left at the end of Phase 2B, the remaining vacancies will be carried forward to Phase 2C. The following two examples and corresponding flowcharts are illustrations.


Example 1: School A — No Balloting at Phase 2A(2)

School A has a total of 240 vacancies. Of the 240 vacancies, 40 places are upfront reserved for Phase 2B and 2C registrants, and 200 places are available from Phase 1. Suppose 70 places are taken up in Phase 1, 50 places in Phase 2A(1) and 30 places in Phase 2A(2). This leaves 50 + 40 (reserved upfront) = 90 places for Phase 2B and 2C. The 90 vacancies will then be split equally into 45 vacancies each for Phase 2B and 2C (see flowchart below).

In the event that not all the vacancies allocated for Phase 2B are taken up, the remaining vacancies will be carried forward to Phase 2C. For example, if only 20 places out of 45 allocated vacancies are taken up at Phase 2B, the remaining 25 vacancies will be carried forward to Phase 2C. Hence, there will be 70 vacancies for Phase 2C.

Flowchart: No Balloting at Phase 2A(2)

Flowchart: No Balloting at Phase 2A(2)
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Example 2: School B — Balloting at Phase 2A(2)

School B has a total of 240 vacancies. Of the 240 vacancies, 40 places are upfront reserved for Phase 2B and 2C registrants, and 200 places are available from Phase 1. Suppose 70 places are taken up in Phase 1, 50 places in Phase 2A(1), 80 places in Phase 2A(2). This leaves 0 + 40 (reserved upfront) = 40 places for Phase 2B and 2C. The 40 vacancies will then be split equally into 20 vacancies each for Phase 2B and 2C (see flowchart below).

In the event that there are 25 registrants for Phase 2B, balloting will be conducted in this phase. Phase 2C will continue to have 20 vacancies.

Flowchart: Balloting at Phase 2A(2)

Flowchart: Balloting at Phase 2A(2)
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Singapore Citizen (SC) / Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) children who are unsuccessful in obtaining a Primary One place in a school of their choice at the end of Phase 2C Supplementary should approach MOE to facilitate their placement to a school which still has vacancies.

The number of Primary One vacancies each school will offer for the Primary One Registration Exercise will be made available in June before the registration begins. Parents can refer to Primary Schools Vacancies by Phases for information on vacancies for each school.

Balloting

Balloting will be conducted if the number of applications to a school exceeds the number of vacancies available in any of the phases from Phase 2A(1) to Phase 2C Supplementary.

From the 2018 Primary One (P1) Registration Exercise, manual balloting conducted by schools will be replaced by computerised balloting conducted centrally by MOE HQ. Computerised balloting is a secure process which has been used by MOE for the Secondary One Posting and the Joint Admissions Exercises. Under the computerised balloting, all registrants that are required to ballot are assured of an equal chance for admission into the school, as per the current manual balloting process for the P1 Registration Exercise.

Parents can refer to Primary Schools that Require Balloting to find out which schools will undergo computerised balloting at the end of each registration phase.

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Phase 2A(1) to Phase 2C Supplementary

Singapore Citizens (SCs) will be given absolute priority over Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) when balloting is necessary in a specific phase. SCs and PRs will continue to be eligible for the same phases, and all applicants will be admitted if the total number of applications in any phase does not exceed the number of vacancies. However, if the number of applications exceeds the number of vacancies in a specific phase, SCs will be admitted first ahead of PRs, before home-school distance is considered. The following two examples illustrate this rule.

Example 1: School A has 50 vacancies in a specific phase and 61 children applying, based on the table below.
Home-School Distance Singapore Citizen Permanent Resident
<1km 38 3
Between 1km and 2km 10 1
>2km 8 1
Total 56 5

As the total number of SC applications exceeds the number of vacancies, not all SC applicants will be admitted. The vacancies will be allocated to the SC children based on home-school distance in this order of priority—home-school distance is (1) within 1km, (2) between 1km and 2km and (3) outside 2km. In the above example, the 38 SC children living within 1km from the school will first be admitted, followed by the 10 SC children living between 1km and 2km from the school. After the 48 vacancies are taken up, the remaining 2 vacancies will be balloted among the 8 SC children living outside 2km from the school.

Example 2: School B has 50 vacancies in a specific phase and 54 children applying, based on the table below.
Home-School Distance Singapore Citizen Permanent Resident
<1km 29 4
Between 1km and 2km 15 2
>2km 3 1
Total 47 7

As the total number of SC applications is less than the number of vacancies in this phase, all the 47 SC children will be admitted first and PR can still be admitted thereafter. The remaining 3 vacancies will be allocated to the PR children based on home-school distance in the same order of priority—home-school distance is (1) within 1km, (2) between 1km and 2km and (3) outside 2km. The 4 PR children living within 1km from the school will ballot for the remaining 3 vacancies.

 

For more information on computerised balloting, please click here.

 

Home-School Distance Category

Parents may check the home-school distance category from the OneMap SchoolQuery Service managed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). Alternatively, they may check with the schools directly on the distance between their home and the schools in June.

How to use OneMap SchoolQuery Service

  1. Go to the OneMap website.
  2. Select the "SchoolQuery service".
  3. Read the "School Query - Disclaimer" information and click "I Agree".
  4. Click on the “Find Schools near a building” option.
  5. Enter the residential address in the "Search and Explore" box. Your address will be displayed in the dropdown address list.
  6. Select your address. A list of "Schools within 1km" and "Schools between 1-2 km" will be displayed.

The new OneMap app is now available in Google Play and App Store. Download now to access SchoolQuery.

 

Important note:

A child who gains priority admission into a school through his/her distance category is required to reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the commencement of the P1 registration exercise on 28 June 2018. If this condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies, as the priority admission to the first school was based on the declared address used for registration. 

For registration using the address of the child’s grandparents or the parent’s sibling, a statutory declaration is needed. If statutory declaration is used, children who are registered using either the grandparent’s or the parent’s sibling’s address and residing within 1 km or between 1 km and 2 km from the school of choice are balloted together with the other children of the same citizenship residing between 1 km and 2 km from the school. View details on eligibility for statutory declaration.