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Admission Appeals

Admission Appeals

If your child has been refused a place in the nursery school, nursery unit, community nursery, primary school or post-primary school you prefer, you can appeal the decision of the board of governors. You cannot appeal a decision about a pre-school place in a voluntary or private nursery setting.

Independent tribunals will be established by the Education Authority to consider appeals.  These tribunals will decide on whether or not a school has correctly applied its admissions criteria in deciding to refuse the child admission to the school. The actual substance of the criteria cannot be challenged in the appeal tribunal.

The leaflet below provides information on  –

  • grounds for appeal
  • what you need to do if you decide you want to appeal
  • when, where and format of hearings
  • how you will be informed of the outcome of your appeal
  • where you can get help

To view the leaflet click here.

Please note final dates and times for receipt of intention to appeal

Pre-School Education      Stage 1      4pm on Friday 11 May 2018

Pre-School Education      Stage 2      4pm on Friday 22 June 2018

Primary 1                                           4pm on Friday 11 May 2018

Post Primary 14+ (Dickson Plan)       4pm on Friday 25 May 2018

Post Primary Year 8                           4pm on Monday 4 June 2018

Having read the Information Leaflet and you wish to proceed to appeal you should email your intention to appeal to

Your request will be acknowledged and you will be sent appeal form AT1 and advised of the date by which the AT1 form must be returned.

Exceptional Circumstances Body

For post-primary schools only, you can also apply to the Exceptional Circumstances Body (ECB) if you think your child should go to a specific post-primary school because of exceptional circumstances. You can use one or both processes to appeal a decision about a post-primary school place.

Further information is available at: 
or contact the Secretariat by telephone on 028 9127 9740, alternatively by emailing    

Privacy Notice

Please click here for the School Admissions Appeal Tribunal Privacy Notice. This notice tells you about your rights and what to expect when the Education Authority collects personal information for the purposes of administering school admission appeals.


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