Post-Primary Admissions Guide

Our guide will help you understand more about the process and what to expect when applying for a place in Post-Primary school for your child.

School Preferences

Parents have the right to express preferences for the schools they would like their child to attend, but no child can be guaranteed a place in any school or any particular type of school (secondary, integrated, grammar, single sex etc).  Achieving a grade A in an entrance assessment does not guarantee that a child will obtain a place in a grammar school.

You should list at least four preferences as there is no guarantee your child will be accepted into the first preference. You should list at least one non-grammar school. Please note that you will not be asked for further preferences during the procedure. You will only be asked for further preferences if your child is unsuccessful in obtaining a place at the end of the admissions process at which point many schools will have filled all available Year 8 places.

There is no maximum number of preferences. You cannot list preferences more than once. Please make sure you state clearly the name of each school. As some schools have similar names you should state the name of the school on your form as per the admissions criteria along with a local identifier e.g. St Mary's College Omagh, St Mary's College Ballymena, St Mary's College Newry, etc.

Admissions Helpdesk

If additional information is required or any difficulty is experienced, parents can contact the admissions helpdesk on:

028 9598 5595

Monday – Thursday – 8am – 8pm

Friday – 8am – 5pm

or email the relevant address listed below

Last updated: 19/12/2019