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.

Changing Preferences

Apart from those necessitated by exceptional circumstances, no changes of preference will be processed if received after midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019.  If you wish to change your preference, for any reason other than in exceptional circumstances, you must withdraw the original application by contacting the Education Authority in writing or by emailing and submit a new application.  If this occurs after midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019 your new application will be treated as a late application.

Changing Preferences due to Exceptional Circumstances

If you wish to change your preference because of exceptional circumstances, e.g. you have moved house which necessitates a change of preference, you must submit a written request for a change of preference to the EA in writing or by emailing for approval along with verification of the exceptional circumstances.  

The EA will write to you following consideration of your request to notify you of its decision.

If approved, the EA will amend the original application and forward it to the new first preference school.  If the original application was punctual i.e. received by midnight on 31 January 2019, then the new preferences listed will also regard the application as punctual.

The final date by which the EA will process any changes necessitated by exceptional circumstances is 4pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

Documents which may be acceptable to verify your exceptional circumstances may include e.g. a tenancy agreement, rates bill or sale of house agreement (for a house move) or a letter from family support officer, medical professional, (for family related circumstances) or a letter from an employer (in the case where you have changed jobs since the submission of your application). All documents must be recent.

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: 23/11/2018