Primary Schools Admission 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.

Adding information and verification documents

You must provide your child's birth certificate directly to the school listed as first preference.  Either a long or short birth certificate is acceptable unless otherwise specified in the admissions policy.

Schools may also ask for documentation to be provided in support of your application either when it is initially submitted or alternatively a school may write during the process or after the offer of a place to request information by a certain deadline.

You need to carefully check the admissions criteria for schools you apply to and provide information requested by all of the schools listed on your application directly to the school you have listed as first preference.  

During the admissions procedure if the first preference school cannot accept your child any documentation you have provided will be forwarded to the school listed as second preference via the Education Authority.  This process is repeated until your child has secured a placed or all preferences listed have been exhausted.

NB If you have been asked for information you cannot supply you should contact the school directly to ascertain what they will accept as a reasonable alternative.

Adding new information or additional documents

If your circumstances change in a way that may be important for the admissions process, you should contact the EA in writing or by email to provide this new information not later than 4pm on Monday, 25 March 2019.

Admissions Helpdesk

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

028 9598 5595

Helpline open from 9am to 5pm

or email the relevant address listed below

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

Last updated: 21/11/2018