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Apply for a School Place or Transfer Between Schools

Apply for a School Place or Transfer Between Schools

The Education Authority (EA) manages the procedures for the enrolment of children in pre-school (age 2-4 years), primary school (age 4-11 years) and post primary school (age 11-18 years). Each year staff assist parents and schools in enrolling approximately 70,000 children into various types of educational settings within the age ranges.

It is the responsibility of Boards of Governors in each school to draw up the admissions criteria for the school.  Where schools are oversubscribed, Boards of Governors must select children for admission by applying their published admissions criteria.

EA Staff are available to provide advice to parents in relation to enrolment procedures and where applicable the appeals procedure which exists where a child is not admitted into the school their parent has chosen. 

Separate procedures exist for admission to pre-school, primary and post-primary education.

Pre-School Admissions

Click button for details to enrol a child in pre-school education (2-4 age) in Northern Ireland.

Primary Admissions
Click button for details to enrol a child in primary school education (4-11 age) in Northern Ireland
Post-Primary Admissions

Click button for details to enrol a child in post-primary education (11-18 age) in Northern Ireland

Transfer between schools
Information and the form for moving your child from a primary or post primary school to another can be found on the Transfer between schools page.

Upcoming: Application forms

Application forms to apply for pre-school education or primary education in September 2017 will be available on this website from the 25 November 2016.  Completed application forms must be returned to the first preference pre-school/school  by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 11 January 2017.

Updated Notes of Guidance on the Admissions Procedure and Admissions Criteria for September 2017 will also be available on this website from 25 November 2016.

Please note in Northern Ireland

  • Children born between 2 July 2013 and 1 July 2014 are due to begin their Pre-School Education in September 2017.
  • Children born between 2 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 are due to begin their Primary Education in September 2017; and
  • Children born between 2 July 2005 and 1 July 2006 are due to begin their Post- Primary Education in September 2017.

SERVICES & INFORMATION

The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

Forestview, Purdys Lane, Belfast, BT8 7AR
Telephone number: 028 9069 4964 | Email: info@eani.org.uk