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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PRIMARY 1 /NURSERY ADMISSION IN SEPTEMBER 2021

 

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If your child is starting pre-school or primary school in September 2021, you can apply online between 12.00 noon on Thursday 7 January 2021 and 12.00 noon on Friday 29th January. Please note that places are not allocated on a first come, first served basis and applications will only be considered after the closing date. Further information is available on the EA website under the Admissions section at - https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions.

Why Dundonald?

"This time last year my wife and I were applying for a P1 place for our twin girls. For us there was only one school we wanted them to attend and that was Dundonald Primary.

Why you might ask?

Firstly, as a past pupil myself I wanted our girls to experience a warm, caring and supportive school environment were the children always come first.

Secondly, my wife is Mexican and DPS excels in welcoming and celebrating the cultural diversity of its pupils and their families.

Lastly, but certainly not least having read the schools last full inspection report, when they received  Very Good, we knew our girls would receive an exceptional level of education and their individual needs would be met, and their full potential reached."

"Four months into their P1 year we have two very happy girls who enjoy all the creativity that school brings"

G.Woods

(P1 parent) 

If you would like your child to attend our school, please contact the school office on 02890482680 or via email

info @ddps.belfast.ni.sch.uk to arrange a visit and see for yourself why generations of families have chosen Dundonald Primary School for their child's nursery and primary education. 

 

The Principal  Mr Byers or the Vice-Principal Mrs Stevenson will be delighted to give you a tour of the school so you can see for yourself how your child would thrive from all that is on offer at DPS.

 

Criteria for admission to Nursery 2021

Important Dates:

The on-line application form for Nursery commencing 2021 will be available on 7th January at 12 noon. The application process and form will be detailed on the Education Authority website.

 

The closing date for on-line application is 29th January at 12 noon. Any applications received after 12 noon on the 29th January 2021 will be considered a late application.

 

As the pre-school admissions process is in two stages the timetable on the Education Authority also specifies the relevant dates at stage two which will determine if an application is to be considered as punctual or late.

 

As the Nursery Unit offers a morning or afternoon class, parents must indicate in the "Reasons for Preference" on the online application form their preference e AM or PM session. There is no guarantee that the preferred session will be allocated.

 

Places in Nursery will be allocated according to the following criteria:

 

  1. Children from "socially disadvantaged circumstances* who were born between 2nd July 2017 and 1st July 2018.
  2. Children born between 2nd July 2017 and 1st July 2018.

 

 

Sub Criteria - In the event that the school is oversubscribed in criteria 1-2 preference shall be given in the order set out below:

 

  1. Children with an older brother/sister* currently enrolled at Dundonald Primary School or Dundonald Nursery Unit. Please list name(s) and current class(es).    
  2. Children who are the eldest child in the family.

 

*includes half-brother/sister, stepbrother/sister, foster brother/sister

*eldest child is defined as “children who, at the date of their application, are the eldest child of the family to be eligible to apply for admission to the school”

 

Supplementary Criteria

In the event of oversubscription in any of the above sub-criteria preference will be given, in the order set down, to children on the following basis:

 

  1. Dundonald Nursery Unit listed as first preference.

  2. Preference will be given to the child who lives closest to the main entrance of the school.

 

Distances will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the front door of the school using Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

 

Click on the following link to get further information on the online application process - https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions

 

Criteria for Admission to Primary One 2021

Important Dates:

The on-line application form for Primary 1 commencing 2021 will be available on 7th January at 12 noon. The application process and form will be detailed on the Education Authority website.

The closing date for on-line application is  29th January at 12 noon. Any received after 12 noon on the 29th January 2021 will be considered a late application.

 

Priority will be given to children who will have attained compulsory school age at the time of their proposed admission, over those who will not have attained compulsory school age at the time of their proposed admission.

 

In selecting children for admission, children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission will be selected for admission to the school before any child not so resident.

 

Places in Primary 1 will be allocated according to the following criteria:

 

  1. Preference will be given to those children with a brother /sister * currently in attendance at Dundonald                Primary. Please list name(s) and current class(es)
  2. Preference will be given to children who are enrolled during the 2020/21 year at Dundonald Primary School          Nursery Unit
  3. Preference will be given to children whose parent(s) are presently a permanent employee of the school.            
  4. Preference will be given to children who are the eldest child in the family.

 

*includes half-brother/sister, stepbrother/sister, foster brother/sister

*eldest child is defined as “children who, at the date of their application, are the eldest child of the family to be eligible to apply for admission to the school”

 

Sub Criteria:

In the event of oversubscription in any of the above sub-criteria preference will be given, in the order set down, to children on the following basis:

  1. Dundonald Primary School listed as first preference.

  2. Preference will be given to the child who lives closest to the main entrance of the school.

 

Distances will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the front door of the school using Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

 

Click on the following link to get further information on the online application process - https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions

 

Criteria for admission P2-P7

Children can be admitted into these classes only if the total enrolment number has not been reached and if the number of each year group has not exceeded the Department of Education guidelines on permitted class sizes.

 

The criteria applicable for admission into Y2-Y7 classes will be in line with P1 criteria.

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