Pre-School and Primary Admissions for September 2019

Parents will receive letters today (Friday 10 May) informing them of which Primary school or Pre-school their child has been placed. 

Parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a primary one place for their child will receive notification from the Education Authority (EA) advising how they can nominate further preferences.

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Over 99% of children have been placed in a primary school of their choice after the completion of the 2019 admissions process. A total of 23,631 (99.37%) children were placed, with 97.47% being offered a place at their first school. At pre-school level, a total of 22,371 (96%) children have been placed at the close of Stage 1 of the Pre-school admissions procedure with 85.90% being offered a place at their first preference setting.

Parents will receive letters today (Friday 10 May) informing them of which primary school or Pre-school their child has been placed.

Parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a primary one place for their child will receive notification from the Education Authority (EA) advising how they can nominate further preferences.

For parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a Pre-school place, the second stage of the process now begins. EA has also written to those parents with information on Pre-schools which may still have places available and requested further preferences for processing in Stage 2. Pre-school providers will issue letters to those parents on Tuesday 11 June 2019 for receipt on Wednesday 12 June 2019 advising of which Pre-school setting their child has been placed.

A list of providers/schools that may have places available can be found on the EA website www.eani.org.uk/admissions along with an information leaflet containing questions and answers on what parents may need to do depending on the outcome of their application. The admissions website also has information on the Stage 2 procedure for Pre-school which includes the processing of underage children.

This year the Education Authority introduced a new online admissions process which was used by 97% of parents. EA held Digital Admission clinics to support parents across Northern Ireland and provided extended helpdesk availability during the month of January.

For the first time parents had the convenience of completing applications forms online.  Over 45,000 online applications were received with approximately 18,500 of these applications being made by the second day of the online portal opening.

“An extensive social media campaign was used to inform parents of the change to the process which resulted in an increase in the number of applications received by the closing date, and a reduction in the number of late applications in comparison to previous years,” said EA Interim Director of Operations and Estates Dale Hanna.

“Parents increasingly expect to be able to interact with EA outside of usual business hours and we will continue to work with parents and other stakeholders to improve our services.”

Last modified: 10/05/2019