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24,000 pupils will find out their next school today

Almost 24,000 pupils will learn today which post-primary school they will be attending this autumn, as letters from the Education Authority drop onto doormats across Northern Ireland
Almost 24,000 pupils will learn today which post-primary school they will be attending this autumn, as letters from the Education Authority drop onto doormats across Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Almost 24,000 pupils will learn today which post-primary school they will be attending this autumn, as letters from the Education Authority drop onto doormats across Northern Ireland.

More than 99% of pupils have been allocated a place at a post primary school, with 86% receiving their first choice.

Just over 200 pupils have not yet been allocated a post-primary place.

There were 1,267 more pupils taking the test in 2019 than the previous year.

Each year there are unplaced children at this stage, the Education Authority said, adding that along with the Department for Education it would continue to work with parents and schools in the coming weeks to ensure successful placement for every child.

The Education Authority has put a telephone helpline in place for parents, in case they do not receive a letter or their child has not been placed in a school.

The helpline telephone number is 028 9598 5595, and it will be open today from noon to 5pm.

It will reopen on Monday at 9am.

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