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.

Applying for a Primary 1 place in the school year September 2019 – June 2020

Online applications have been introduced for admission to Primary 1 in the 2019/2020 school year. 

The primary application procedure is open from Wednesday 2 January 2019 and closes at 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019.  

You can complete your application online during the above timeframe - it is quick, easy and there is a user guide and helpdesk available if you need any assistance; ​ 

If you do not have internet access at home you can use the data on your smartphone to apply. 

If poor mobile reception is an issue in your area then mobile network providers e.g. O2 have wifi hotspots and you can find more details of where these are by visiting their websites.

You can also access the internet via libraries throughout Northern Ireland.  The EA plans to have digital assistance clinics in January and further details about these will be available on this website in due course.

It is hoped that as many parents as possible will apply online.

If you do not have an email address or are unable to use the online Parent Portal you will still be able to access a paper application form via your local primary school.

  • It is very important that you submit a punctual application as any applications received after 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019 will be treated as ‘late’;
  • Having completed an application you will need to provide your child's birth certificate, as well as any other supporting documentation required within the published admissions criteria of any of your preferred schools.  Documentation should be submitted to the school listed at first preference on your application by 12.00 noon on Friday 8 February 2019.   
  • Some information is already available on the website about the primary admission procedure and the Find a School’ section will assist you in identifying schools in your area in preparation of nominating your preferences when the application procedure opens.  
  • The admissions criteria for primary schools are available on this website
  • Parents should continue to check this website for further updates.

NB For information on application to Preparatory Schools and Independent Schools you should contact the schools directly.

Admissions Helpdesk

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

028 9598 5595

7th - 31st January - 8am - 8pm (Monday - Thursday) and 8am - 5pm (Friday)

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: 31/12/2018