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Enrolment in the 1st grade

The custodians of pre-school children in Oulu will no longer enrol their children in school. A decision about the local school will be made for every new first-grader, i.e. children born in 2012 and living in Oulu, based on their address. In other words, the official address entered into the Population Register Centre records determines the local school.

The decision regarding school place will be published on Wilma on 21 January 2019. The decision letter will be posted on 21 January 2019 to those preferring the decision in writing. Oulu University Teacher Training School (Oulun normaalikoulu) will send the decision in writing to parents and carers of children whose local school Oulun normaalikoulu is.

You can apply for a school place also outside the catchment area. Apply for a place also if you already know that your son’s or daughter’s address will change during the spring or summer.

Applying to other than the local school

An application for enrolment to an out-of-catchement school shall be submitted between 21 January and 2 February 2019 using a separate form "Hakemus muuhun kuin lähikouluun ensimmäiselle luokalle" (An enrolment application to an out-of-catchment school for the 1st grade) on Wilma. The form is on tab Applications and Decisions (Hakemukset ja päätökset in Finnish).

To apply for a place in Oulun normaalikoulu, fill out an application Hakemus koulunkäynnistä muussa kuin lähikoulussa (An application for out-of-catchment school) at

Christian School of Oulu, Steiner School of Oulu, Taikatahti School and Swedish-speaking Svenska Privatskolan i Uleåborg admit pupils of all locations in Oulu. The schools decide independently of their pupil admissions. Oulu International School has an entrance test for all applicants.

Oulussa koulussa – Perusopetuksen opas 2019-2020 (Basic education guide) provides information on basic education from the 1st grade to 9th in Finnish. The guide explains for instance practical matters about starting school, options, support for studies and wellbeing. The guide contains all relevant information regarding school and options and therefore is worth reading at

You can apply for afternoon activities for 1st and 2nd graders and other pupils entitled to special support. Also the afternoon activity application shall be submitted onto Wilma between 21 January and 3 February 2019.

Any questions regarding Wilma or basic education, please email us at primustuki[at]