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Pre-School and Primary Admissions – September 2019
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.
If you have received a letter read the Information Leaflet – Admission to Pre-School Education below.
For parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a Pre-school place, the second stage of the process now begins. You may nominate further preference for consideration on the pro-forma enclosed with your letter. You can access a list of funded Pre-schools with places remaining available below.
Over 99% of children have been placed in a primary school of their choice after the completion of the admissions process. A total of 23,631 (99.37%) children were placed, with 97.47% being offered a place at their first school.
If you have received a letter read the Information Leaflet – Primary What do you need to do now?
For parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a Primary place you may nominate further preferences for consideration on the pro-forma enclosed with your letter. You can access a list of Primary schools with places remaining available below.
Further information on the primary admissions process is available in the Primary Schools Admissions Guide.
If you are considering appealing the decision of a school you can access details on the appeals process here.
If you have not applied for a place in Primary school you can access the Primary Application form below.
Whether your child is starting pre-school, primary or post-primary, our admissions tool will help you find out what you need to know about getting a place at school.
The Education Authority (EA) manages the procedures for the enrolment of children in pre-school (age 2-4 years), primary school (age 4-11 years) and post primary school (age 11-18 years).
Please note that the following guidance does not relate to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs as their admission to school is dealt with in a separate process. If you wish your child to attend a preparatory department of a grammar school or an independent school, you should apply to the school for admission.
Each year staff assist parents and schools in enrolling approximately 70,000 children into various types of educational settings within the age ranges.
It is the responsibility of Boards of Governors in each school or the Management Committee in each Voluntary or Private Playgroup to draw up their admissions criteria. Where pre-schools or schools are oversubscribed, Boards of Governors or the Management Committee must select children for admission by applying their published admissions criteria.
EA Staff are available to provide advice to parents in relation to enrolment procedures and where applicable the appeals procedure which exists where a child is not admitted into the school their parent has chosen.