2023 Primary One (P1) Registration Exercise – Important Information and FAQ for Parents  

The mention of children going to Primary One often conjures images like teary drop offs and school gate meltdowns. Preschoolers heading off to Primary One can often experience a new cycle of school separation anxiety attacks as they enter a new environment. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some children (and may we say a good majority ) readily embrace Primary One and they are excited to go to a new school, making new friends and having new teachers.


To help parents along, we have created a Primary One Registration Page as a guide to Primary One for parents.

a process to register your child for mainstream primary schools in the following year. While primary school education is compulsory for all Singapore Citizens (SC), the P1 registration process is also applicable to Permanent Residents (PR) and international students.

Phase 1 – Sibling

  • Child has sibling who is currently studying in the school

2A – Former student

  • Sibling or parent is former student (need NOT be paid alumni member)
  • Or parent is a member of the Advisory or Management Committee
  • Or parent is school staff member
  • Or child is in the MOE Kindergarten located within the school

2B – Parent Volunteer/Clan/Grassroot

  • Parent Volunteer who did at least 40 hours of service 
  • Member endorsed by the church or clan
  • Endorsed as an active community leader

2C – Everyone

  • Open to everyone

2C(S) – Last chance

  • Supplementary aka last chance if still haven’t secure a place

3 – International students

  • For international students (non-citizen/PR)

How many vacancy in each phase?

Every school starts with a number of vacancy, with a minimal number of vacancy reserved for the following 2 phases:

  • Phase 2B reserve 20
  • Phase 2C reserve 40

Let’s use an example.

Anderson Primary School have 210 vacancy in 2021. NOTE: We merge 2A(1) and 2A(2) data since 2021 is still on the old registration framework.

Therefore, Phase 1 will have:

210 - 20 - 40 = 150

This vacancy of 150 will be available to Phase 1. With 86 places taken up in Phase 1, the remaining vacancy will be:

150 - 86 = 64

This remaining vacancy of 64 will be available to Phase 2A. With 51 places taken up in Phase 2A, the remaining vacancy will be:

64 - 51 = 13

This remaining vacancy of 13 will split between the next 2 phases – 1/3 to 2B and 2/3 to 2C (round down the number for 2B).

1/3 x 13 = 4 (2B, rounded down)
13 - 4 = 9 (2C)

Adding to the vacancy reserved in the beginning, Phase 2B will have:

20 + 4 = 24

In 2021, Phase 2B took up 22 places, so 24 - 22 = 2. The remaining 2 vacancy will overflow to 2C. Therefore Phase 2C will have:

40 + 9 + 2 = 51

That is theoretically how it works.