Appealing a school's decision

If your child has been refused a place in a Nursery School/Nursery Unit within Stage 2 of the pre-school admissions procedure or 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
Last updated: 05/07/2019