Post Primary Admissions - Information

Date published: 31 May 2019

The Educations Authority's (EA) post primary admissions process concluded on 31 May 2019.

News Update

Summary of Figures




Total number of pupils transferring



Number  of pupils placed in a school

22371 (98.62%)

23723 (99.05%)

Number of pupils places in their 1st preference school

19588 (86.4%)

20776 (86.75%)

Number of pupils currently unplaced

313 (1.38)

226 (0.94%)

There are '1267 more pupils' transferring this year than last year.  This followed an increase of 952 last year over the year before.  Therefore 2,219 pupils more were seeking post-primary school places this year compared to two years ago.

Communication with parents

Letters issued Friday 31 May 2019, to reach parents on Saturday 1 June 2019.

EA have a helpline in place for parents to contact, in the event that they do not receive a letter or their child has not been placed in a school. The helpline telephone number is 028 9598 5595, and will be open on Saturday 1 June 2019 from 12 noon to 5pm.

The helpline will re-open on Monday 3 June 2019 at 9am.

Parents can also email queries to

Increased Admissions

The Education Authority and Department of Education have worked closely over recent months to monitor the progress of the admissions process and to identify areas of demographic pressure.

To date, the Department of Education has provided over 1,000 additional places for September 2019 admission.

Next Steps

Every year there are unplaced children at this stage and the Education Authority and the Department will continue to work with parents and schools over the coming weeks to ensure successful placement for every child.

Parents will be provided with a list of schools where places still exist and they will be invited to apply to these schools.

The Department of Education will continue to engage with schools to determine if further additional places may be required.

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