Appealing a Schools Decision - 2019

If your child has been refused a place in a nursery school/nursery unit, P1 of a primary school,Year 8 of a post primary school or Year 11 of a senior high school, you can appeal the decision of the Board of Governors.
Independent tribunals are 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 appealing a schools decision.

The leaflet below provides information on appealing a schools decision.

The dates for submitting an appeal in 2019 are now past

The final dates by which you were able to return an appeal form were -

4pm on Thursday 23 May 2019 (for Primary 1 and Pre-School (Stage 1))

4pm on Friday 24 May 2019 (for Senior High School in the Post Primary 14+ (Dickson Plan)

4pm on Friday 14 June 2019 (for Post Primary School)

4pm on Tuesday 25 June 2019 (for Pre-School (Stage 2))

If you have a query about an appeal which you have lodged you can email as applicable below:-

Primary 1 appeal -

Pre-School Stage 1 or Stage 2 appeal -

Senior High School 14+ appeal -

Post Primary School Year 8 appeal -

You can access further information in the appeals leaflet or contact the Education Authority by telephone 028 95 985595.

You can write to the Tribunal at the following address below:

The Clerk to the Tribunal, c/o School Admissions Office, Education Authority, 3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh BT61 9AX

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 91 27 9871, or by emailing  There is no deadline for applying to the ECB.

Last upated: 22/10/2019