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.

Applying for a Primary School Place

All children who are 4 years old on or before the 1st July must begin their primary education from the beginning of the school year following their 4th birthday. For September 2021 admission a child is considered compulsory school age if their date of birth falls between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017.

Application Forms are available to download below, or you can request a paper form by emailing the Primary Admissions Office ( or by telephone request to the Admissions Helpdesk (028) 9598 5595.  Your application will be processed as a late application.

An Irish language translation of the application form is also available – please contact the Admissions Helpdesk (028) 9598 5595. 

Before submitting your application:

Reception Class

A small number of primary schools provide a Reception class 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).

Reception places will only be allocated after all children of compulsory school age have been selected for a place.

Children currently already enrolled in a Reception Class

If you child is currently enrolled in a Reception Class 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 Primary one in a different primary school, then you must complete an application for consideration.

Admissions Appeals

Admissions Appeals for 2021 are now closed.

Last updated: 27/08/2021