Appealing a Schools Decision - 2019

If your child has been refused a place in the nursery school, nursery unit, primary school or post-primary school, 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

Please note final dates and times for receipt of the AT1 form are:

Pre-School Education - Stage 1 4pm on Thursday 23 May 2019
Primary 1 4pm on Thursday 23 May 2019
Post Primary 14+ (Dickson Plan) 4pm on Friday 24 May 2019
Post Primary Year 8 4pm on Friday 14 June 2019
Pre-School Education - Stage 2 4pm on Tuesday 25 June 2019


An appeal form can be obtained by request via email or in writing to the address below (please provide your child’s name, date of birth, address and the name of the school(s) you wish to appeal against):-


Pre-School Education
Primary Education
Post Primary Year 8
Post Primary 14+ (Dickson Plan)


The Clerk to the Tribunal, c/o School Admissions Office,

Education Authority, 3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh BT61 9AX

Please Note:
Forms received after the dates shown above will not be accepted and the appeal will NOT proceed.

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, or by emailing

Last upated: 15/05/2019