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Primary Admissions

Primary Admissions

All children who are 4 years old on or before the 1st July must begin their primary education from the beginning of the school year following their 4th birthday.

The application procedure for primary education allows parents to express a preference for the primary school they wish their child to attend. 

For information on Preparatory Schools and Independent Schools please contact the schools directly.


  • Read all information carefully
  • Step 1: Download and read the guide for parents
  • Step 2: Download application form
  • Step 3: Check school criteria
  • Step 4: Complete application form and return

Step 1: Read guide for parents

The parents 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: Download application form

Download and print the application form in preparation for completion.  A printed copy of a an application form can be obtained if necessary from your local school.

Note: Each school has a number of reference books for viewing which detail the admissions criteria for all schools in their area. 

Search for School Criteria

Use the search options to find schools and their criteria information.  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.
  • 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

NOTE: if searching for the term 'Mary' type a space in front of it to avoid the total return of primary.

Step 4: Complete application form and return

Parents should complete a single application form that lists in order of preference those primary schools where you would consider sending your child. 

Form must be returned to your first preference school by 12 noon on Wednesday 11 January 2017.


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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