Admission to Senior High Schools (Age 14+)

A Two-Tier System (sometimes known as the Dickson Plan) operates in the Craigavon area where pupils transfer at the end of Key Stage 3 / Year 10

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why has my child not been admitted to a school (which was outside the 14+ system) listed on my application?

Decisions regarding admissions of pupils to a school are a matter for the Board of Governors of the school.  

If there are insufficient places to admit all children for whom places are sought and the school has applied its admissions criteria to identify those children who will be admitted as they best meet the criteria, then parents have the right of appeal to an Independent Admissions Appeal Tribunal. You can access further information and an online appeal form via the link above.

  • Why is the school which has refused my child admission not listed as an option on the online appeal form?

It may be that your child has not been offered a place due to the school having already reached its enrolment number (number of places available in the school).  In this case there is no right to appeal the decision of the school not to admit your child.  You may wish to contact the school to find out why your child has not been offered a place.

An admissions appeal may only be made when a school has applied admissions criteria and provided places for some, but not all applicants. 

Last updated: 11/05/2020