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Admissions

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PRIMARY 1 / NURSERY ADMISSION IN SEPTEMBER 2022

 

New resources including a video are available on the Digital Resources Hub  at www.eani.org.uk (see video below)

 

To download a copy of the video from the EA link above, click on the arrow pointing downward which is located at the bottom right corner of the video.

 

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If your child is starting pre-school or primary school in September 2022, you can apply online between 12.00 noon on Monday 10th January 2022 and 12.00 noon on Friday 28th 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.

Primary One Admissions

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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) 

IMPORTANT DATES 

 

The on-line application form for Primary 1 commencing 2022 will be available on 10th 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  28th January at 12 noon. Any received after 12 noon on the 28th January 2022 will be considered a late application.

 

Criteria for Admission to Primary One 2022

 

 

PRIMARY 1 ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR SEPTEMBER 2022

 

 

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.

 

The admissions criteria will be applied in the following order to children of compulsory school age.

 

  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 2021/22 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.

 

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on the application or provided directly to the school. Parents/Guardians should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application or provided directly to the first preference school.

 

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

 

 

If you would like your child to attend our school, please watch our open day video to 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 Burns will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

 

Criteria for admission to Nursery 2022

Important Dates:

The on-line application form for Nursery commencing 2022 will be available on 10th 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 28th January at 12 noon. Any applications received after 12 noon on the 28th January 2022 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:

 

Nursery Admissions Criteria for September 2022

 

The Board of Governors have determined that in the event of the number of applicants exceeding 52, the following criteria will be applied in the order set down to select children for the places available.

 

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application.

 

As the nursery unit offers a morning or afternoon class, parents must indicate in the “Reasons for Preference” on the online application their preference ie. AM or PM session. There is no guarantee that the preferred session will be allocated.

 

  1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who were born between 2 July 2018 and 1 July 2019
  2. Children born between 2 July 2018 and 1 July 2019

 

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.

 

Should there be any places remaining, applications will be considered for those children born between 2 July 2019 and 1 July 2020, taken in chronological order (starting with the eldest). Where two or more children have the same date of birth, preference will be given to the child who lives closest to the front gate 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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