Appealing a Schools Decision - 2019

If your child has been refused a place in Year 8 of a post-primary school, you can appeal the decision of the Board of Governors.
Independent tribunals will be established by the Education Authority to consider appeals.
These tribunals will decide on whether or not a school has correctly applied its admissions criteria in deciding to refuse the child admission to the school.
The actual substance of the criteria cannot be challenged in the appeal tribunal.

The leaflet below provides information on –

  • grounds for appeal
  • what you need to do if you decide you want to appeal
  • when, where and format of hearings
  • how you will be informed of the outcome of your appeal
  • where you can get help

Please note final dates and times for receipt of the AT1 form are:

Post Primary Year 8 4pm on Friday 14 June 2019

Please click here to download the Post-Primary Year 8 appeal form (AT1 Form)

Return your AT1 Form via:

Email:

Post Primary Year 8 admissionappeals@eani.org.uk

Post:

The Clerk to the Tribunal, c/o School Admissions Office,

Education Authority, 3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh BT61 9AX

Please Note:

Remember you must submit your completed appeal form by 4pm on Friday 14th June 2019 at the latest.
Forms received after the dates shown above will not be accepted and the appeal will NOT proceed.

You can access further information in the appeals leaflet or contact the Education Authority by telephone 028 95 985595.

Exceptional Circumstances Body

For post-primary schools only, you can also apply to the Exceptional Circumstances Body (ECB) if you think your child should go to a specific post-primary school because of exceptional circumstances.
You can use one or both processes to appeal a decision about a post-primary school place.
Further information is available at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/appealing-school-place-decision or contact the Secretariat by telephone on 028 91 27 9871, or by emailing ecbsecretariat@education-ni.gov.uk

Appeals - Primary, Nursery and Senior High School

It is too late to lodge an appeal for Primary 1 or a Nursery School/Unit - Stage 1. 
The last date by which you could have returned an AT1 Form was 4pm on Thursday 23 May 2019. 
If you have a query about an appeal lodged you can email
primaryappeals@eani.org.uk or nurseryappeals@eani.org.uk

The appeal form for a Nursery School/Unit - Stage 2 will be available from Wednesday 12th June 2019.

The last date by which the AT1 Form must be submitted in respect of a Stage 2 appeal is 4pm on Tuesday 25 June 2019.
The AT1 Form must be to be sent via email to
nurseryappeals@eani.org.uk or post to the following address:
The Clerk to the Tribunal, c/o School Admissions Office,
Education Authority, 3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh BT61 9AX


You can access information about Stage 2 here

You cannot appeal a decision about a pre-school place in a voluntary or private nursery setting.

It is too late to lodge an appeal against a senior high school in the Post Primary 14+ (Dickson Plan). 
The last date by which you could have returned the AT1 Form (for Senior High Post-Primary) was 4pm on Friday 24th May 2019.
 
If you have a query about an appeal lodged you can email
seniorhighadmissions@eani.org.uk

Last upated: 31/05/2019