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Pre-School, Primary and Post-Primary Admissions – September 2019
Following the closure of Stage 1 on 9 May 2019 and now Stage 2 on 11 June 2019 a total of 22805 (97.30%) children in their final year of pre-school have been placed with 85.35% being offered a place at their first preference setting for September 2019.
Applications for underage children (born on or between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017) were also processed during Stage 2 and a total of 681 (22.97%) were placed in a Nursery School/Nursery Unit with 17.94% being offered a place at their first preference. For admission to pre-school the priority of pre-school places is given to target age children who are in their final year of pre-school before underage children and a parent of an underage child can only apply for a place in a Nursery School/Nursery Unit.
Parents whose application was processed in Stage 2 will receive letters today (Wednesday 12 June) informing them of which pre-school their child has been placed. Parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a funded pre-school place for their child in Stage 2 will receive notification from the Education Authority (EA) also today advising what they need to do now.
If you have received a letter at the close of Stage 2 read the Information Leaflet – Admission to Pre-School Education below..
For parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a Pre-school place or who still have to apply, you can access below a list of funded pre-school providers who may still have funded places now at the close of Stage 2.
An application form is also available below
Where your application was processed in Stage 2 and if you are considering appealing the decision of a Nursery School/Nursery Unit you can access details on the appeals process here.
Further information is available in the Pre-School Admissions Guide.
Over 99% of children have been placed in a primary school of their choice after the completion of the admissions process. A total of 23,631 (99.37%) children were placed, with 97.47% being offered a place at their first school.
If you have received a letter read the Information Leaflet – Primary What do you need to do now?
For parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a Primary place you may nominate further preferences for consideration on the pro-forma enclosed with your letter. You can access a list of Primary schools with places remaining available below.
Further information on the primary admissions process is available in the Primary Schools Admissions Guide.
If you are considering appealing the decision of a school you can access details on the appeals process here.
If you have not applied for a place in Primary school you can access the Primary Application form below.
Whether your child is starting pre-school, primary or post-primary, our admissions tool will help you find out what you need to know about getting a place at school.
The Education Authority (EA) manages the procedures for the enrolment of children in pre-school (age 2-4 years), primary school (age 4-11 years) and post primary school (age 11-18 years).
Please note that the following guidance does not relate to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs as their admission to school is dealt with in a separate process. If you wish your child to attend a preparatory department of a grammar school or an independent school, you should apply to the school for admission.
Each year staff assist parents and schools in enrolling approximately 70,000 children into various types of educational settings within the age ranges.
It is the responsibility of Boards of Governors in each school or the Management Committee in each Voluntary or Private Playgroup to draw up their admissions criteria. Where pre-schools or schools are oversubscribed, Boards of Governors or the Management Committee must select children for admission by applying their published admissions criteria.
EA Staff are available to provide advice to parents in relation to enrolment procedures and where applicable the appeals procedure which exists where a child is not admitted into the school their parent has chosen.
The post-primary admissions process concluded on Friday 31st May 2019.
A total of 23949 applications have been received.
23723 (99.05%) children have been placed in a school.
Of these, 20776 (86.75%) of children have been offered a place at their first preference school.
Letters have been posted to parents on Friday 31st May 2019 advising them of the outcome of their post-primary applications, for receipt on Saturday 1st June 2019.
You’ve received a letter saying your child is currently unplaced
There are sufficient post primary places for all pupils who have applied.
For parents whose child does not currently have a place, you can access a list of post primary schools with places remaining from Midnight on Friday the 31st May 2019.
In order to secure a place for your child, please nominate further preferences from this list and return the pro-forma which is included with your letter, as soon as possible.
You’ve received a letter saying your child has been placed and it’s not your first choice
You have the right to appeal the decision of the Board of Governors of any school which has not selected your child for admission.
An appeal may only be made on the grounds that the Board of Governors did not apply or did not correctly apply their admissions criteria in refusing your child.
You may wish to contact schools which have not selected your child for admission to discuss the reason why he or she was not offered a place.
This should help to clarify whether or not you wish to submit an appeal.
An appeal form and information on the appeals process can be found here.
The final date for returning the completed appeal form is 4pm on Friday 14th June 2019.
You’ve received an acceptance letter from your school
If you have received a letter confirming your child’s place, follow the instructions set out by the school and return any paper work to the school.