Applying for a School Place

Information on the procedures for pre-school/school admissions in the school year 2021/2022.

Admissions 2021/22

Pre-school / Primary - The admissions procedure information currently available is for pre-school and primary for September 2021 - June 2022.

Post Primary - Information and admissions criteria for post primary for September 2021 – June 2022 will be available on Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Important Information

In the menus below, you will find the information on how to find a School and Admissions Criteria, and on how to apply for a place in a pre-school/primary school.

Step 1: Find a Pre-School/Primary School in your area

Use our 'Search Schools’ below to search for pre-schools/primary schools in your area and read or download their admissions criteria.

As applicable some other sources of information may be useful to you.  These include:

Search Schools

Step 2: Read the Admissions Criteria

All pre-schools/schools have admissions criteria. If they get more applications than they have places available, they use these criteria to decide who to offer places to.

Before starting to complete your child’s application you should read carefully the admissions criteria for each pre-school / primary school that you wish to nominate as a preference. 

You should complete your application providing all the relevant details about how your child meets the pre-schools/schools admissions criteria.

When making an application it is recommended that you should list at least four pre-schools/schools in the order of your preference, as there is no guarantee your child will be accepted into the first preference.

For more information see our Pre-school Admissions Guide and Primary Admissions Guide.  


Step 3: Check Supporting Documentation and get ready to upload

Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is required by all pre-schools/schools to check your child’s date of birth.

Other Supporting Documentation

Check the admissions criteria for each of the pre-schools/schools you have listed to confirm the supporting documents required.  Some pre-schools/schools ask for additional documentation to support or verify information on your child’s application.  This documentation may be requested at the time of application, during the process or at the notification of placement. 

If verifying documents are being requested at the time of application you will need to provide the information for any preference(s) listed preferably by 29 January 2021, and no later than 12.00 noon on Friday 5 February 2021. Documents should be uploaded using the link that you will receive after you submit your application.

If you do not supply the documents requested this could lead to the withdrawal of a place or the inability of a pre-school/school to offer a place to your child.

If a pre-school/school has asked for verifying documents which you do not have, you should email or phone the pre-school/school directly to ascertain what they will accept as an alternative.

For more information on uploading documents see our Uploading Supporting Documents Guide or watch our videos – Uploading Supporting Documents on Desktop or Uploading Supporting Documents on Mobile.

For more information see our Pre-school Admissions Guide and Primary Admissions Guide.

Step 4: Apply Now - Start Your Pre-school / Primary Application

You have until 12 noon on Friday 29 January 2021 to apply online for pre-school and primary school admissions.

Places are NOT allocated on a first come, first served basis. Schools and playgroups WILL NOT consider applications until after the closing date.

We are expecting a high volume of applications over the first few days and will be operating a queue system during peak times.

Contact the Admissions Helpdesk if you have any queries.

Start Application

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs
If your child is undergoing statutory assessment you still need to apply for a pre-school/school place.

However, you should not complete an application if your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Your child’s placement will be arranged through the EA’s Special Educational Needs Department.

The guides below contain more specific information with regards to each of the application processes for Pre-School, Primary, Senior High Schools (14+) and also for Transfers between schools.

Last updated: 14/01/2021