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Post-Primary Admissions

Post-Primary Admissions

At the age of 11 years children normally transfer from primary education to post-primary education.  Parents have the right to express a preference for the post-primary school they wish their child to attend, however, because each school has a maximum number of places, it may not be possible for every child to be placed in the preferred school of choice.

A Department of Education (DE) Advice leaflet on the Post Primary Transfer Process for parents of P6 children can be accessed by clicking here.


  • Read all information carefully
  • Step 1: Download and read the parental guide
  • Step 2: Receive an application form from your child’s primary 
  • Step 3: Check school criteria
  • Step 4: Complete application form and return

Step 1: Read parental guide

The parental guide provides information on how the admissions procedure operates, how schools select pupils and when you will be informed of the outcome of your application.

Step 2: Application Form

An application form known as the Transfer Form, will be provided from your child's primary school.  The Transfer Form should be completed and returned to the primary school.

Note: Each primary school has a reference book for viewing which details the admissions criteria for all post-primary schools in their council area.

Search for School Criteria

Use the search options to find schools and their criteria.  The Keywords search will search for school name or location.  Enter a postcode if you wish to do a mileage range search.

Search Results

  • click on a School name to view full schools details
  • click the School Criteria Document to view school admissions criteria and details of open days/evenings
  • click back button to return to search results

If you require further help, please contact the appropriate EA admissions office.

Step 3: School Criteria Search

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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.

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