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Gaelscoil na mBeann agus Naíscoil na mBeann, Kilkeel, Newry

F.A.O. PRIMARY For Parents - Applying for a Year 8 Post Primary Place 2023

24th Jan 2023

Féach an bhileog iniata le heolas ar an phróiseas iontrála do pháistí ag bogadh chuig an iarbhunscolaíocht.

See the leaflet attached for information on the admissions process for children moving to post-primary education.

Please note, this process does not apply for any children with a statement of special educational needs.

Key messages for parents

  • The ‘Apply Now’ link for post primary applications will be live on the EA website from Wednesday 1 February at 12 noon.
  • Applications will close on Thursday 23 February 2023 at 4pm.
  • Applications are not considered on a first come, first served basis.
  • It is recommended that parents use a supported internet browser e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari etc. The application will not work on Internet Explorer
  • Parents who are awaiting the results of an entrance test can start an application by registering on EA Connect and entering child’s details, or alternatively wait on the outcome of the results before starting. Applications must be completed and submitted on 23 February 2023 by 4pm.
  • It is the responsibility of parents to check that all relevant information is included on their child’s application before submitting it.
  • A number of resources are available online including tutorial videos, FAQs and quick reference guides, in multiple languages, to support parents with the post primary application process via EA Connect.
  • Parents can check if their child would be eligible for transport assistance to school on the EA website - Check Transport Eligibility
  • Parents have the right to express school preferences, but no child can be guaranteed a place at any particular school. More than half of post primary schools are oversubscribed and not all children who apply will receive a place at an oversubscribed school. To ensure a child has the best chance of getting into a post primary school of their choice, it is strongly recommended that at least four schools are listed in the order of preference and include at least one non-grammar school. Up to 12 schools can be listed on the online application and if more are needed these may be emailed to EA.

It is important that parents read the admissions criteria of the schools they are considering. This will help them to assess if their child is likely to be offered a place:

  • the criteria inform how the school will decide which children will be selected if the school is oversubscribed. Parents should think about how well their child meets the criteria which can be found on the EA website. If parents have queries on a school’s criteria they must contact the school for clarification.
  • information on the number of applications the school received in previous years and the number of pupils who were accepted are included in the school's criteria to let parents know if the school is usually oversubscribed.