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.

School Preferences

It is recommended that you should list at least four primary schools in the order of your preference as there is no guarantee your child will be accepted into the first preference. You can list up to six preferences on the Citizen Portal. If you wish to list more than six preferences you should email the additional preference and reasons for preference to the Education Authority at clearly stating your child’s details.

You should be aware that after Tuesday 27 April 2021 and a number of schools will have allocated all their places. Therefore, it is important that you give very careful consideration to the stated order of your preferences and ensure all relevant information is provided to the first choice school by 12 noon on Friday 5 February 2021.

Please note that you cannot list the same preferences more than once. The only exception to this is if you wish to apply for a school which has an Irish Medium Unit and also to the school’s English Medium stream in which case you will need to list the school twice. If you apply online then you will be alerted to do so.

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: 13/05/2021