Post-Primary Admissions Guide

Our guide will help you understand more about the process and what to expect when applying for a place in Post-Primary school for your child.

If your child was born between 2 July 2009 and 1 July 2010, they will be due to start post-primary school in September 2021.

The online application will be open between 12 noon on Monday 1 March 2021 and 4pm on Tuesday 16 March 2021. Please note that this is not a first come first served basis and post-primary schools will only begin to make decisions on applications after the closing date for applications has passed.

Your child’s primary school will share with you an electronic copy of the key information leaflet ‘Applying for a post-primary school place’ in the coming weeks.  This leaflet and further guidance will be accessible on this website to assist you in making an online application.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Governors of each school to determine the admissions criteria to be used in the event of oversubscription.

The admissions criteria for post primary schools are now available .  Before you start your application it is very important that you read the admissions criteria of all the schools you are interested in sending your child to. 

    The online application is very straight-forward to complete and you will be guided through each page.  In addition to the guidance videos and documents on the EA website, the Admissions Helpdesk will be available for digital assistance if you need it.

    Tel: 028 9598 5595                          Email

    If you are unable to apply online, paper applications will only be available on request from the Education Authority.


    The following children are exempt from the post-primary admissions process:

    • Children with a statement of special educational needs.

    You should not complete an application if your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs as your child’s placement will be arranged through the EA’s Special Educational Needs Department. 

    However, if your child is undergoing statutory assessment and does not currently have a statement you still need to apply for a post-primary place. 

    • Children who will be attending an independent school.

    You will need to contact the school directly to make admissions arrangements for child to attend an independent school.

    Download the Full Post-Primary Schools Admissions Guide

    Last updated: 01/04/2021