Carrickfergus Model Primary School

Inspiring excellence through example, endeavour and encouragement

Primary 1 Admission

The importance of transition!

We do not currently have Nursery provision at the Model so we take pupils from all over Carrickfergus, including Grenisland, Ballycarry and Islandmagee. We have close working relationships with local nurseries and playgroups and begin the process of getting to know your child before they join us for Primary 1. We have groups of children join us from the same nursery but we also have children who come to the Model by themselves…sometimes they are the quickest to make friends!

Admission Arrangments

Choosing the Model for my child!

 The Board of Governors has determined that only children of compulsory school age will be considered for admission. Any child who reaches his/her fourth birthday on or before 1st July is of compulsory school age and must receive education from that September. The full Board of Governors draws up and approves the Admissions Criteria and delegates to a Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors the responsibility for approving all admissions. In the event of the school being oversubscribed the Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors will apply criteria as set out below. The criteria are listed in order of priority.


  1. Children of compulsory school age.
  2. Children of permanent staff, teaching or non-teaching, employed at the school on or before the final date given by Education Authority in their admissions instructions for receipt of applications.
  3. Children who have a sibling or siblings attending the school.
  4. Children who have an older sibling or siblings who attended the school.
  5. Children whose parent(s) attended the school.
  6. A child who is the first or only in the family and the first to attend mainstream primary school.
  7. Children according to date of birth, choosing the oldest first.
  8. Should there be identical dates of birth among the last few children to be selected in a maximum intake, those living closest to the school will be selected firstly. Measurement will be made using straight line distance from school to home on an ordnance survey map.


 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. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by primary schools 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. The Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors will only take into account information that 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 admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.


The Education Authority (EA) have introduced an online application process for admissions for pre-school and primary school places.
The details for the September 2020 should be released by the Education Authority very soon.
A new portal for parents to apply online for a place has been created and it will include the listing of preferences of schools. This replaces the current paper based application form.
For admission to the forthcoming year, parents will continue to provide your child's birth certificate and any other verifying documents stipulated in admission criteria directly to the first preference provider / school. The Go Live date for the new digital admissions is Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 10.00am. The closing time and date for applications will be 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31st January.
At the Model our Open Afternoon will be on Friday 29th November at 2.00pm-4.00pm. Pink pre-admission forms can be completed at any time and these are available at the office. Please complete one of these pink forms even if you have a sibling already attending the school.
Thank you
Mrs Miller