The Education Authority are introducing DIGITAL ADMISSIONS for the 2019 admissions process. Click here to apply or for more information.
Click here to download the Digital Admissions to Primary 1 Step by Step Guide for Parents. A printed copy of this leaflet is available from the school office at any time.
The following criteria will be applied in the order set down, 1 to 4, by the Board of Governors of Ballycarrickmaddy Primary School in selecting children for admission to Y1 in September 2019.
- Children of compulsory school age, who have a sibling1, half-sibling, step-sibling in attendance at Ballycarrickmaddy Primary School.
- The eldest2 eligible child of the family1.
- Children who are Looked After Children3.
- Children who live closest to the school, as the ‘crow flies’ from the centre of their home to the front gate of the school as measured by the online OSNI Map Shop “Linear Distance Measurement Tool” will be given priority.
See below for definitions of above terminology:
1 SIBLING/CHILD OF THE FAMILY – The phrase ‘child of the family’ is a well-established concept of family law. To provide a definition from Article 2(2) of the Domestic Proceedings (NI) Order 1980: ‘child of the family’ in relation to the parties to a marriage or parties living together in the same household means:
- a child of both of them; and
- any other child who has been treated by both of those parties as a ‘child of their family’.
Thus this definition of ‘child of the family’ covers:
- a child born to a married couple;
- a child born to a co-habiting couple;
- a child of either of those people by a previous marriage or relationship;
- a child living with same sex partners whether there is a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 or not;
- an adopted or fostered child;
- a situation where, for example, a cousin is being brought up with a family.
2 ELDEST CHILD – This criterion to be 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’. This wording covers only children and is also intended to treat twins (or other multiples) as joint eldest.
Eldest child covers circumstances where a family has not, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, had the opportunity to have an elder child already and currently enrolled e.g. cases where a child is more than 7 years younger than their next eldest sibling; cases where the eldest sibling is not eligible to attend mainstream school (for example they may attend a special school).
3 LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN – Looked After Children (LAC) are defined by the Children (NI) Order 1995 as children ‘who are in the care of a Trust or who are provided with accommodation by a Trust.’
Waiting List Policy As above
Y2 – Y7 Intake
This Policy is available from the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form. If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
Please note: It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that any additional information or documentation in support of their application is provided directly to the first preference school. Birth certificates are required for all applicants and should be provided to the first preference school.