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Applications for Free School Meals/School
Uniform/Physical Education Clothing Allowan
ce can now be made online for School Year 2021/22. All parents and guardians, including new applicants will need to apply online.

You STILL need to apply if you have done so in previous years

Please visit to apply. You will also find more information about the process at this link.

We also have a dedicated helpdesk if you have any queries or difficulties accessing the online application. The helpdesk can be contacted on 02890 418044 from 9am to 430 or you can email




Many thanks 
E Quinn

The Education Authority (EA) will be issuing communications on the EA website and social media
channels to inform parents/ guardians and continues to seek your support to promote awareness
of Free School Meals and Clothing Allowances, and to encourage all potential applicants to apply
for the support available.

***Current Eligible Families and New Applicants***
Parents/guardians who are currently in receipt of support for the 2020/21 school year will not be
sent a pre-populated form for the 2021/22 school year. All parents/ guardians (including new
applicants) are required to apply on-line from Monday, 7 June 2021 via the EA website

It is recommended that parents/ guardians apply during the month of June, or as early as possible,
to enable applications to be processed for support to be in place for their children for the new
school year. Parents/ guardians are being advised of the importance of providing valid Bank or
Building Society account details in the claimant’s own name. Payments cannot be made into Post
Office accounts.

**Paper application forms**
Paper copies will not be given out to parents/guardians.

**Special Diet**

Parents/Guardians whose child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Stage 5) and requires
a special diet should contact the Meals and Uniform Section for a paper application form if they
wish to apply under the special diet criteria.

**Free School Meals / Uniform Grants Helpdesk **
The Free Schools Meals and Uniform Grants Helpdesk is operated by staff across the EA Free School
Meals/ Uniform Grants service.
It is available to assist parents/guardians and schools who may have any queries. 

The Helpdesk
operates Monday – Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm and can be contacted via email: 

The telephone number which should be used for all enquiries is:
(028) 9041 8044.

E-mails and telephone calls should no longer be made directly to individual Free School Meals/
Uniform staff as they will be diverted to the Helpdesk for response.

Further information including eligibility criteria for the 2021-22 school year and a list of Frequently
Asked Questions to assist with any parental queries can be accessed by logging onto

20 April 2021

Pre-school and Primary school admissions update

Dear Parents and Guardians 

Please see update from the Education Authority below. 

Parents/Guardians who applied online for a Pre-school place (target age - Stage 1*) or Primary 1 place for September 2021 admissions will be able to view the outcome of that application on 28 April from 10.00 am by visiting

Your login details will be the email address and password you registered with when you applied online. You can check these details now by visiting the Citizen Portal using the link above and can reset your password if necessary. 

If you applied by paper application you will receive a letter by post on 28 April 2021.

*Applications received after 12 noon on 5 February 2021 are not processed until after 27 April 2021. Pre-school Stage 2 runs from 28 April to 9 June 2021. Applications for Underage children are also processed during Stage 2.

Many thanks 
Emma Quinn 

Just The Way We Are

We are proud to be just the way we are in Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit. Hear a few of our young people talk about what makes us, us!

Count On Us ...

You can count on us to help support you and your child throughout Nursery to Primary 7.
Do you ever wonder how children learn?
Would you like to help your child with Literacy and Numeracy?
See how we develop Literacy, Numeracy and I.C.T. skills at Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit.
We are more than just a school.
You Can Count on Us!

#morethanjustaschool #thisisjustthebeginning #supportyourlocalcommunityprimaryschool

Rathcoole Primary School - Welcome to our school : 2021

Welcome to your local community primary school.Welcome to Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit.Come and have a look inside at just some of the learning in our Foundation Stage at Rathcoole PS....
This is just the beginning....

Welcome to Rathcoole Primary School Nursery Unit

We would love you to join our Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery family. Have a look at some of our fun, creative learning in action!

Welcome to the Sunflower Room at Rathcoole Primary School 🌻

Welcome to 'The Sunflower Room,' where we provide small group provision for our pupils, in a safe, supportive and caring environment. Come on in and find out more🌻🌻

Welcome to the Rathcoole Family.



Thank you for taking an interest in our community school and nursery unit.

Due to COVID we are not able to host our usual open days and tours.  
We hope that you enjoy the videos of what happens during our normal school days at Rathcoole and that they give you a flavour of what it is like to part of our school community.  (These will be added shortly)


If there are any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly to discuss anything directly with the Principal. 

Please keep an eye on the website and on social media, for more information.  


Many thanks and we look forward to welcoming you and your family to your local community primary school.


E Quinn


Please click on the link below to bring you to a page for support information for parents.


Here you will find easy to follow support for applying for a place for you child for Nursery or Primary 1 to Primary 7, at Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit (2020-21).

If there is anything that you need, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly on 02890 852632 to discuss any queries or questions with the Principal.


Welcome to your new school!






How to apply online for a Nursery and Primary 1 place at Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit

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Admissions Helpdesk

If additional information is required or any difficulty is experienced, parents can contact the admissions helpdesk on:

028 9598 5595

or email the relevant address listed below

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.