Primary Admissions Guide

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

Changes of preference

Depending on when you decide to change your preferences different rules apply:

Before 12 noon on Friday 29 January 2021

If you wish to change your preferences before 12 noon on Friday 29 January 2021 and had applied using the online Citizen Portal you can make changes to your application by logging in to your account and clicking on ‘Change your application’. On-screen warnings will indicate that your application is un-submitted and that it cannot be processed unless you re-submit it. You can add/delete preferences and/or change the order of preferences listed using the arrow keys on the ‘Your preferred Pre-Schools/Schools’ page. Ensure that you also update your reasons for preference as appropriate. You should preview your form and satisfy yourself that all the information is correct before ensuring to re-submit your application by the closing date/time of 12 noon on Friday 29 January 2021. It is your responsibility to ensure you have re-submitted your application otherwise it cannot be processed.   If you have changed your order of 1st preference or added a new preference check the admissions criteria on the EA Website for each of the schools you have listed to confirm the supporting documents required.

If you have applied using a paper application you will need to contact the Primary Admissions office in writing (preferably by email) to withdraw your form and complete and submit a new application to the Primary Admissions office by the closing date/time of 12 noon on Friday 29 January 2021.

Between 12.00 noon on Friday 29 January 2021 and 12.00 noon on Friday 5 February 2021

Apart from those necessitated by exceptional circumstances, no changes of preference will be processed if received after 12 noon on Friday 29 January 2021.  If you wish to change your preference, for any reason other than in exceptional circumstances, you must withdraw your original application by emailing primaryadmissions@eani.org.uk and submitting a new paper application to Primary Admissions.

If this occurs between 12.00 noon on Friday 29 January 2021 and 12.00 noon on Friday 5 February 2021 your new application will be processed within the admissions procedure as a

late application. Refer to the section “What happens if my application is late?” for further details.

If you wish to change your preference due to exceptional circumstances you must submit a request in writing to the Education Authority (preferably by email) to primaryadmissions@eani.org.uk on or before 12.00 noon on Friday 5 February 2021. Verification of the exceptional circumstances must be provided. If approved, the Education Authority will send you a pro-forma to complete with your new list of preferences (in order of preference) and including your reasons for preference as they relate to the admissions criteria. If the original application was received by the closing date/time then your ‘changed’ application will be processed within the admissions procedure as a punctual application.

After 12.00 noon on Friday 5 February 2021

After 12.00 noon on 5 February 2021 changes of preference in any circumstances will not be processed until after Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Last updated: 18/12/2020