School Admissions

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). Find out how to apply for a place in Northern Ireland. 

The criteria for admission to pre-school, primary and post primary schools will be published on this website on Friday 14 December 2018. You are encouraged to study the admission criteria of those schools/playgroups that you would consider sending your child to before completing an application.

You should continue to check this website for further updates on the admissions procedure.

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

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. 

​​​Admissions Helpdesk 
028 9598 5595

Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)

You can also contact the Helpdesk at the following relevant email address below: 

preschooladmissions@eani.org.uk primaryadmissions@eani.org.uk postprimaryadmissions@eani.org.uk
Last updated: 05/07/2019