Admissions Appeals

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

If your child has been refused a place in a Nursery School/Nursery Unit, P1 in a Primary School, Year 8 in a Post Primary School or Year 11 in 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.  You can only make an appeal if you feel the published Admissions Criteria of the school has not been correctly applied.

The Tribunal Panel will decide if a school has correctly applied its admissions criteria in deciding to refuse your 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 when decisions were made will not be taken into account at appeal.

NOTE: For Pre-school 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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Please follow the below steps if you are considering making an appeal against a school’s decision:

1. Contact the school to discuss why your child’s application was not selected.

2. Read the appeals information carefully.

3. Prepare your appeal documents.

4. Upload document(s) to your online appeal form

5. Submit form by closing date below.

6. You will receive a confirmation email on submission of the form.

Table of Appeal Forms

Appeal Form Category

Appeal Form Opens

Appeal Form Closing

Pre-School (Stage 1)

28 April 2022

4 pm on 9 May 2022

Primary (P1)

28 April 2022

4 pm on 9 May 2022

Senior High School

14 May 2022

4 pm on 23 May 2022

Post Primary (Year 8)

21 May 2022

4 pm on 31 May 2022

Pre-School (Stage 2)

16 June 2022

4 pm on 27 June 2022

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

Appeals Information

You can access further information in the Appeals Information Leaflet below:

Contact Info

If you have a query about an appeal which you have lodged you can email as applicable below or contact the Admissions Helpdesk by telephone 028 9598 5595.

Appeal Category

Email Address

Primary 1 Appeal

Pre-School Stage 1 or Stage 2 Appeal

Senior High School 14+ Appeal

Post Primary School Year 8 Appeal

Exceptional Circumstances Body

Note: 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 on NI Direct in relation to the Exceptional Circumstances Body or you can contact the Secretariat by telephone on

028 9127 9871, or by emailing

There is no deadline for applying to the ECB.

Last updated: 14/05/2022