Applying for a Primary 1 Place

Information on making a Primary 1 application.

EA Connect is open for new late P1 applications. For more information see the 'How to Apply, Next Steps and Places Available' section below. 

Making an application does not guarantee a place as schools may only have a small number of places available and vacant places are likely to fill quickly.

Special Educational Needs

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, Primary 1 placement will be arranged through the EA’s Special Educational Needs Department.

How to Apply, Next Steps and Places Available

The EA Connect portal is open for new late P1 applications.

A list of Primary Schools where Primary 1 places may remain available and information on how to apply for September 2024 admission is available below.

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The Primary School will contact you directly regarding the outcome of your late application.

A paper application form is also available from the Primary Admissions Office on request:

Email:   [email protected]

Tel:         028 9598 5595

Note: If you wish to defer your child’s entry to Primary 1 please visit Deferral of School Starting Age for further information.

 

APPLICATION FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACE IN YEARS 2-7

If you wish to apply for a Primary School place in Years 2-7 please complete the AP1 form available here Transfer between Schools.

Primary 1 School Age

If your child was born between 2 July 2019 and 1 July 2020 they are due to start P1 in September 2024 as they will be of Compulsory School age and you must apply for a place in a Primary school.

PLEASE NOTE:

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, placement will be arranged through the EA’s Special Educational Needs Department.

Preparatory Departments & Independent Schools

For information on making application to the Preparatory Department of Grammar schools or to Independent Schools you should contact the schools directly.

Find a School

Use the ‘Search Schools’ tool below to search for Primary schools in your area and read or download their admissions criteria.

When you find a primary school under ‘Search Schools’ write down the name of the primary school and location as some primary schools have similar names e.g. St Mary’s PS, Omagh, St Mary’s PS, Banbridge

Where a school is listed as Irish Medium or has an Irish Medium Unit all subjects are taught in the Irish language.              

Other sources of information which may be useful to you include:

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Read the Admissions Criteria

All schools have published admissions criteria. If they receive more applications than they have places available, the school will use their published criteria to decide who to offer places to.

Before starting to complete your child’s application you should read carefully the published admissions criteria for each school that you wish to nominate as a preference. 

You should complete your application providing all the relevant details/preference reasons about how your child meets the schools’ admissions criteria.

When making an application it is recommended that you list at least four schools in the order of your preference, as there is no guarantee your child will be accepted into the first preference.

You can list up to 12 schools on the online application. Please note that you cannot list the same preference more than once. The only exception where you can list a school twice in your order of preference is if you wish to apply for a school which offers both English and Irish Medium education. Where there is an option of applying separately to an Irish Medium Unit, please indicate this on the online/paper application form.

If your child’s application is not selected by your first preference school it will then be considered by your second preference school. The process will be repeated until a place has been allocated or all preferences you have listed have considered your application. Places will be allocated to those who best meet the admissions criteria for each school. 

Any queries on the content of a primary school’s published admissions criteria should be directed to the primary school.

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Supporting Documents

Birth Certificate

All schools will require a birth certificate to verify a child’s name and date of birth. Either a full (long) or short birth certificate may be used. An amended birth certificate or an adoption certificate, where appropriate, is acceptable. If a birth certificate is not available you should contact the school to determine what alternatives may be acceptable e.g., a biometric card, passport, medical card etc.

Other Supporting Documents

Check the admissions criteria for each of the schools you have listed, as some schools ask for additional documentation such as proof of address and/or proof of eldest child. This documentation may be requested at the time of application, during the process or at the notification of placement. If verifying documents are being requested at the time of application you will need to upload the information on EA Connect for all school choices.

If you do not supply the documents requested this could lead to the inability of a school to offer a place to your child or the withdrawal of an offer of a place.

If a school has asked for documents which you do not have, or if it is unclear what type of documents are needed, you should email or phone the school directly to find out what they will accept as it can vary from school to school.

School Preferences

Parents have the right to express preferences for the schools they would like their child to attend, but no child can be guaranteed a place in any school.

Please note you cannot list the same preference more than once. The only exception where you can list a school twice in your order of preference is if you wish to apply for a school which offers both English and Irish Medium education. Where there is an option of applying separately to an Irish Medium Unit, please indicate this on the online/paper application form.

The first school you list will consider your application. If they are unable to offer a place the application will then go to your second preference school and so on until a school is able to offer a place or the list is exhausted.

Some schools give priority to applicants who have listed their school as first preference, therefore, applicants who list the school at a lower preference may have less chance of obtaining a place at the school.

It is extremely important that you provide all relevant details on your application as this information will be used by individual primary schools to determine which children will be selected for admission.

Outcome of Applications

The Primary School where you have made application to will contact you directly with regard to the outcome of your late application.

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Last updated: 26/04/2024