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).

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.

You will be able to list up to 12 preferences on the online application.  You cannot list the same school more than once, unless in the situation whereby the school you are applying to has a Boarding Department or Irish Medium Unit in which case you may list either or both.  Please be sure to correctly select, from the dropdown list on your application, those schools that you wish to nominate as preferences as some schools have similar names e.g. St Mary’s High School, Downpatrick, St Mary’s High School, Newry St Mary’s Limavady etc.

Admissions Helpdesk

If additional information is required or any difficulty is experienced, parents can contact the admissions helpdesk via the email addresses below:

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Last updated: 03/02/2021