Admission Information for September 2020

This year applications are to be made online through the Education Authority (EA) website

Applications can be made from

 7th (12 noon) - 30 Jan (12 noon) 2020.



Admissions criteria for Rosetta Primary School

Admissions Criteria

It is the policy of the school to admit only children of compulsory school age.

If Y1 is over-subscribed the following criteria will apply in the order below.

1        Children who have a brother, sister, half-brother and/or half-sister resident at the same address, currently in attendance at Rosetta PS.

2        Children who attended the Nursery Unit of the School in the School year 2019/2020.

  1. Preference will be given to those children who live nearest to the school, measured using Google Maps to establish the distance from home (address and postcode) to School (address and postcode), in a straight line.

All applications must be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate and proof of residence (e.g. child’s medical card or utility bill), which should be brought to school following the on-line application.

It is the Parents' responsibility to ensure that any information relevant to our criteria is left into school on or before noon on 7 February 2020.


Admissions criteria for Rosetta Nursery Unit


1          Children born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially disadvantaged circumstances.

2          Children born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017.



In the event of over-subscription, within either of the above criteria, preference will be given in the order set out below:


(a)        Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister resident at the same address currently enrolled as a pupil in Rosetta Primary School.

(b)        Children who will have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister resident at the same address, enrolled as a pupil in Rosetta Primary School in September 2019.

(c)       Children whose parents have nominated Rosetta Primary School Nursery Unit as their first choice.

(d)       Children who reside in the electoral wards (2012) of Rosetta, Ormeau, Ravenhill, Cregagh or the part of Galwally bordered by Belvoir, Rosetta, Cregagh and the Upper Knockbreda Road. Addresses will be verified using Spatial NI (

Instructions on using this tool are available on the school’s website ( and a map is available to view in the School Office.

(e)      Children from other areas.


In the event of there still being more applicants than places then selection will be on the basis of the initial letter of the child’s surname as recorded on the child’s birth certificate in the order as set out below:


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



The order was determined by a randomised selection of the letters of the alphabet. In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in standard alphabetical order.  In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the letters of the forenames as recorded on the child’s birth certificate will be used.  If it is still not possible to distinguish between applicants, places will be determined by drawing lots.  In the event of a double-barrelled surname, the first surname will be used for the purposes of selection.


All applications must be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate and proof of residence (eg utility bill, bank or building society statement, the child’s medical card or a letter awarding child benefit), dated within three months of application


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, or left into first choice pre-school provider e.g. confirmation from Social Security/ Jobs and Benefits Office of ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances.’  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 and/or brought to school by 7th February 2020 at 12 noon.  Examples of such information include whether the child currently has brothers or sisters attending the school and proof of ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances.’


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 applicant’s Application Form.


If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given a place will not be offered under that sub- criterion. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.


Waiting List Policy

Should a vacancy arise after placement letters have been issued, all applications for admission to Rosetta Nursery School Unit that were initially refused, together with late applications and applications where new information has been provided, will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.  This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2020. 

Should you wish your child's application to remain on a waiting list until after this date, please inform the school directly.