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 2008 and 1 July 2009, they will be due to start post-primary school in September 2020.

Your child's primary school will issue you with an application form (known as a Transfer Form). If you have not received a Transfer Form by the end of January 2020 you should contact your child's primary school.

Your completed Transfer Form along with any information as requested by the Post-Primary school should be returned to your child's primary school principal. Completed forms will then be forwarded to the Education Authority for processing.

Please note you should do this in time to allow the primary school to return the transfer form to EA by 5 February 2020.

Before you submit your application it is important that you read the admissions criteria of the schools you are interested in sending your child to.  When completing the application you will need to make sure you include all the relevant information about how your child meets the criteria, as this is what schools will use when applying criteria and making decisions on which children will be offered places.

For more information, please view the Post - Primary school admissions User Guide below.


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

  • Children with a statement of special educational needs
  • Children applying to a prep department in a grammar school
  • Children applying to an independent school

Download the Full Post-Primary Schools Admissions Guide

Last updated: 02/06/2020