Admissions Appeals

Information on the Appeals Procedure if your child has been refused admission to a school

Admissions Appeals Update

The Admissions Team are currently working hard to facilitate the appeals process.

Parents/guardians will be contacted by the Education Authority when their appeal has been scheduled and will be given 5 working days written notice of the date, time and arrangements of the hearing.

Further information on appeals is available below.

If you have any further queries about the appeals process please contact our Admissions Helpdesk on 028 9598 5595.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these times.

If your child has been refused a place in a nursery school/nursery unit, P1 of a primary school, Year 8 of a post primary school or Year 11 of a senior high school, you can appeal the decision of the Board of Governors.

Independent Admissions Appeal Tribunals are established by the Education Authority to consider appeals.

These Tribunals will decide on whether or not a school has correctly applied its admissions criteria in deciding to refuse the child admission to the school.

Tribunals cannot uphold an appeal on any other grounds. The actual substance of the criteria cannot be challenged in the appeal tribunal.

Information which was not made available to the school at the time it was making its decisions will not be taken into account at appeal.

NOTE There is no right of an appeal against the decision of a Voluntary or Private Playgroup provider and no right of appeal where a parent has indicated that they would prefer a morning part-time place but an afternoon part-time place has been offered (or vice versa).

Considering Appealing a School's Decision?

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1. Read the appeals information leaflet

2. Prepare your appeal documents

3. Upload document(s) on your online appeal form

4. Submit form by closing date below

5. You will receive confirmation email

Appeals Information Leaflet

You can access the appeal form by clicking on the appropriate category below.

Table of Appeal Forms
Appeal form category Appeal form opens Appeal form closing
Nursery Stage 1 29 April 2020 4pm on 13 May 2020
Primary (P1) 29 April 2020 4pm on 13 May 2020
Senior High School 7 May 2020 4pm on 22 May 2020
Post Primary (Year 8) 4 June 2020 4pm on 18 June 2020
Nursery Stage 2 9 June 2020 4pm on 22 June 2020

Admissions Appeals - Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Info

If you have a query about an appeal which you have lodged you can email as applicable below:

  Email Address
Primary 1 appeal
Pre-School Stage 1 or Stage 2 appeal
Senior High School 14+ appeal
Post Primary School Year 8 appeal

You can access further information in the appeals leaflet or contact the Education Authority by telephone 028 9598 5595.

Exceptional Circumstances Body

For post-primary schools only, you can also apply to the Exceptional Circumstances Body (ECB) if you think your child should go to a specific post-primary school because of exceptional circumstances.

You can use one or both processes to appeal a decision about a post-primary school place.

Further information is available at or contact the Secretariat by telephone on 028 9127 9871, or by emailing

There is no deadline for applying to the ECB.

Last updated: 02/07/2020