Applications for primary school places
Applications for primary school places received by the 30 January 2020 closing date are considered first.
All applications received by the deadline are considered as 'punctual'. Places are not awarded on a first come first served basis.
You should bring any requested supporting documents to your first preference school no later than 12 noon on Friday 7 February 2020.
Help and access to online applications
If you don't have access to the Internet at home, or need help with your online applications, drop-in clinics are available in local libraries throughout Northern Ireland.
Find out where and when the clinics will be at:
Late applications received by the deadline of 7 February 2020 will be considered after applications that were received by the closing date. They will not be considered until May 2020.
For more information, see:
Decision letters for school places
Parents will receive decision letters from schools about their school places on Wednesday 29 April 2020. The Education Authority will issue these letters to parents/guardians on behalf of schools. Due to any potential delays in the postal network, the EANI will be opening its Citizen Portal which will be accessible via their website on Wednesday 29 April. Parents/guardians who had applied online in January 2020 can log in and obtain information relating to their child’s primary one application.
When a child isn’t offered a place
If you applied on time but your child isn’t offered a place, the Education Authority will ask you to choose a new preference from schools that still have places available. They’ll write to you by 29 April 2020. If you don't receive a letter about your child’s placement you should contact the Admissions Helpdesk.
Closing date for appealing a decision
If you want to appeal a decision about your child’s application for a school place, you need to tell the Education Authority by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
More useful links
- School admissions criteria
- School terms and school closures
- School uniform and uniform grants
- Give your child a helping hand