We welcome admissions from all parts of the community. We hold open days and evenings in the first term of each school year but welcome visits by prospective parents and their children at other times of the year by arrangement. Please call the school office if you would like more information or to arrange a visit.

Admissions criteria are drawn up by the Board of Governors. The Principal will ensure that the criteria are followed in consultation with the sub-committee of the Board of Governors.


In accordance with the Education Reform (NI) Order 1989 only children of compulsory school age will be admitted to Maine Integrated Primary 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 application form or attached to it.

Admission Criteria

In the application of the criteria set out below the Board of Governors seeks to reflect in the total number admitted in the current academic year an overall balance amongst all traditions and backgrounds. In order to achieve this aim the school will reserve a maximum of 20% of places for pupils other than Protestant and Catholic. The criteria as set out below will first be applied to an ‘Others’ category in the order set down and a maximum of 20% of the available places will be awarded to this group. The remaining places will be divided equally between Protestant and Catholic applicants. In the event of less than 20% of places being awarded to ‘Other’ applicants the balance will be divided equally between Protestant and Catholic applicants. In the event of there being an odd number of places in the excess of places remaining from the allocation to ‘Others’ the additional place will be allocated to the category having the greater number of applicants.

The criteria set out below will be applied separately to Protestant and Catholic applicants. In the event of there being fewer applicants from either category than there are places available for that category then the balance of places will firstly be available to the ‘Others’ category and secondly to the ‘remaining category’.

NB: It is a matter for the parents to ensure that all the information required by the school to apply its criteria is provided on the official North Eastern Education and Library Board Open Enrolment Form, this would include: parent’s religion, child’s religion, place in family and any special circumstances.

In accordance with 1997 Education Northern Ireland Order [Section 16 (4)] Maine Integrated Primary School has been directed to select for admission all children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission before any child not so resident may be selected for admission.

In the event that there are more applicants than places available in any of the three categories described, the Board of Governors has determined that the following criteria shall be applied to applicants in that category. The criteria, as set out below will be applied progressively until the last available place in that category has been allocated.

  1. Children who have a brother/sister or half brother/sister or foster brother/sister already at the school.

  2. Attendance in Maine Integrated Playgroup.

  3. Children whose parent/guardian are employees of the school or due to take up an appointment in the forthcoming year or who is a member of the Board of Governors.

  4. Eldest or only child.

  5. Date of birth, admitting the eldest children first, after criteria (1)-(5) have been applied and if places still remain.

The religious affiliation of a pupil will be decided by either:-

  1. Information supplied on the ‘Expression of Interest’ form (available from the school)

  2. The religious affiliation noted on or attached to the EA Admissions form.

The right to seek confirmation of any information supplied will be reserved by Maine Integrated Primary School Board of Governors.

Admission to other classes

Parents interested in enrolling their children in classes other than P1 should contact the school office for further information and to arrange a visit.