Primary Admissions Guide

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

If your child was born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016, they will be due to start primary one in September 2020, and as they will be of compulsory school age, you must apply for a place in a primary school.

The online application for admission P1 in September 2020 has now closed. 

A late application must be made on paper - forms are available here or from any primary school.  You can submit a late application at any time but only those received by 12.00 noon on 7 February 2020 will be processed during the P1 admissions procedures.  Late applications received after this date will not be considered until the admissions procedure has ended on 28 April 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 Primary school admissions User Guide below.

Reception Class

A small number of primary schools provide a Reception class/group for children who are aged four at the date of their admission, but who are not yet of compulsory school age (i.e. children whose fourth birthday is after 1 July in a year).
Children who are not of compulsory school age will only be selected for admission after all children of compulsory school age have been allocated a place.

You can use the ‘Find a School’ search facility on the website, to find out if a primary school in your area has a reception class. 

Children currently already enrolled in a Reception Class

If your child is currently enrolled in the Reception Class of a primary school and you wish for them to continue their primary one education at the same school, then a new application is not required.
However, if you wish to apply for your child to be admitted to a different primary school, then you must complete an application for consideration.

Download the Full Primary Schools Admissions Guide

Last updated: 28/04/2020