There are sound educational reasons for trying to ensure that the admission of children to school takes place at the start of a school session in August.
It is customary for children to attend their local primary school.
If you wish to enrol your child for the start of a new session in August, they must have attained the age of 5 years between 1 March the same year and last day of February the following year.
Parents/carers of those children due to commence attendance at school in August can now take their children to the appropriate local primary school during the second week in November each year to register them for school in August the following year.
Parents/carers may wish to place their child in Gaelic Medium Education and information regarding this option is available from the Gaelic School.
An advertisement on registration of children is published in the national press the second week of October each year. This outlines the above details in regard to primary school registration commencing from the second week of November each year. A further advertisement will appear the second week in December each year as a reminder to parents of the importance of registering their child in their local primary school on the later registration date during the second week in January if they have not already done so.
Some parents may wish to make a written request to place their child in another school under the management of the Education Authority. Such a request is referred to as a placing request. It is essential however those parents must also register their child for Education at their local primary school initially and before submitting their placing request form.
Please refer to our placing requests page for further information.
Parents should note that if they apply and are successful for a placing request into a particular primary school, the child would not automatically transfer to the associated secondary school.
Parents should also note the successful placing of one sibling does not guarantee the placing of subsequent siblings at a later stage.