Admissions for the 2018-2019 school year

It is the policy of the school to issue application forms in December to parents hoping to gain admission in the following September.  Completed forms must be returned to school by noon on 10th January 2018. The Board of Governors will consider all applications and in the event of oversubscription the following set of criteria will be applied. Issue of offer of places to parents of pre-school applicants will be given on 26th April 2018 and a second offer of places to those parents previously unplaced and to underage applicants will be given on 25th May 2018.

Admissions Criteria

In accordance with the Pre-School Education in Schools (Admissions Criteria) Regulations (NI) 1998 as amended, the Board of Governors have drawn up the following admissions criteria.

Criteria will be applied in the following order of priority:

  1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who were born between 2 July 2014 and 1 July 2015.
  2. Children born between 2 July 2014 and 1 July 2015 (inclusive)
  3. Children born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016 (inclusive) will be selected by chronological age starting with the oldest;

And who at the time of their proposed admission will not have obtained a pre-school education place whether full-time or part-time at another school or unit or playgroup.

* A child from socially disavantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance: where an award of Income Support has been 'converted' into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in 'socially disadvantaged circumstances'.  When applying for a place on this basis the application form must be stamped by the Social Security Agency.

In the case of over-subscription, at any of the above categories (1-2), the Board of Governors will apply its own criteria in the following order of priority:

i )  Children whose parent/guardian nominate Trinity Nursery School as their first preference;

(ii) Children whose parent/grandparent/guardian is or was a permanent employee of the school or is or was a serving Governor within the last 5 years i.e. from 1st January 2013;

iii Chidlren who are siblings are former pupils at the school (name & date of birth of sibling(s) should be shown clearly on the application);

iv) Children who are the elderst or only child in the family;

v)  Children on the basis of the initial letter of the child’s surname as recorded on the child’s birth certificate in the order set out below:


E  Mc  R Mac U N M L Q O V W P D X O' H I B Z K F T G Y J C A


The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet.

In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surnames will be used in alphabetical order.  In the event or two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames, as recorded on the child’s birth certificate, will be used.

In the event of 2 or more children tying for the final place (no 52), this will be determined by which applicant lives closest to the school.  This will be measured using GOOGLE MAPS which gives a measurement of distance walking from home to school.

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to 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 form or attached to it.  Examples of such information include (whether the child has had siblings who previously attended, whether the child is eldest or only in the family).

Duty to Verify

In the case of oversubscription the Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verity information on the application form.  Parents should note that the provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by Nursery can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s application form.

An original copy of the child’s full birth certificate must accompany the application form.

Waiting List

Should a vacancy arise after the Open Enrolment Admission procedure concludes all applications for admission that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.  This waiting list will be in place until 30th June 2019.  The Nursery will contact you if your child gains a place by this method.  Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the Nursery if you wish your child’s name to be removed from the list.

Postal applications should include any necessary documentation and self-addressed envelope for return of receipt.


For further information and to download and application form please follow the link below to the Education Authority SE Region web page: