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.

Key Dates

Thursday 7 January 2021 at 12.00 noon

Primary application procedure opens with online Citizen Portal available.

Friday 29 January 2021 at 12.00 noon

Closing date/time for receipt of punctual applications (online Citizen Portal closes). Any applications received after this date will be considered late.

Friday 5 February 2021 at 12.00 noon

Final date for which requests for consideration of changes of preference in exceptional circumstances, new (late) applications and additional information in support of applications will be accepted.

February 2021 to April 2021

Education Authority operates a clearing house to process applications according to parental preference.

Tuesday 27 April 2021
(procedure closes)

Parents can receive notification of outcome of P1 applications via Online Portal (opens 28 April 2021). Schools may choose to notify parents by post, letters for receipt on 28 April 2021. EA will notify parents of children yet to secure a place.

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 4.00 pm

Final date/time for appeal form(s) against the decision of a Board of Governors to refuse admission to a child to be received by EA.

Admissions Helpdesk

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

Monday – Thursday (8am – 8pm)
and Friday (8am - 5pm)

Do you know that your choice and order of preferences could impact on your child’s eligibility for transport assistance?

Last updated: 17/12/2020