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.

Changing Preferences due to Exceptional Circumstances

If you have made an online application it is not possible to change preferences through the Parent Portal after midnight on 31 January 2019 nor can changes of preferences be made for paper applications after this date apart from those necessitated by exceptional circumstances.

If you wish to change your preference, for any reason other than in exceptional circumstances, you must withdraw the original application 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.  You will need to notify the EA in writing or by emailing primaryadmissions@eani.org.uk advising that you wish to withdraw your application following which you will have to complete and submit a ‘late’ paper application.  This form is available from any primary school.

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 request for a change of preference to the EA in writing or by emailing primaryadmissions@eani.org.uk for approval along with verification of the exceptional circumstances.  If approved, the EA will amend your preferences and advise both your original preference school(s) and new preference school(s).  If your original application was submitted punctually then your new preference(s) will be regarded as punctual. 
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).  All documents must be recent i.e. they must contain dates that evidence that the exceptional circumstances were not known or not confirmed before midnight on 31 January 2019. 
The final date by which the EA will process any changes necessitated by exceptional circumstances is Monday 25 March 2019 at 4pm. 
If you have any queries please contact the Admissions Helpdesk (028) 9598 5595

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: 01/02/2019