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Pond Park Primary School, Lisburn


Pond Park Primary School

                     Controlled Primary School

63 Pond Park Road



                                             Enrolment No. 610

BT28 3BF

                                             Admissions No. 87



Telephone: 028 9267 6992

Principal: Mr G Cherry B.Ed., DASE., PQH (NI)


   Chair of Board of Governors: Rev A Thompson



Respective Functions of the Board of Governors


The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee, which includes the Principal, the responsibility for applying these criteria.


Admissions Criteria


During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.   The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 29 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application.   An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.

In the event that the school is over-subscribed, pupils of compulsory school age will be admitted according to the following criteria in priority order.

Year 1 Intake


  1. Children who currently have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister enrolled at the school. This must be stated on the application.
  2. Children whose brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister was a former pupil of the school. This must be stated on the application.
  3. Children of employees or Governors of the school. This must be stated on the application.
  4. Children who have listed Pond Park Primary School as their first preference.
  5. Other children.

Tie Breaker Criterion

NB:     If over-subscribed, in any of the above criteria, the following sub-criterion will be applied.

Priority will be given to children who live closest to the school. Measurement will be taken using the following programme: Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland – Map Shop.

In the event that an OSNI distance measurement is not available for a newly built house the closest listed address will be used. This will be at the Board of Governors’ discretion.

If two addresses with equal distance measurement qualify for the last available place, the last available place will be selected for admission on the basis of initial letter(s) of surname (as entered on Birth Certificate) in the order set out below (determined by random selection):


B K H L Mac C P U X S T D G M W V E Mc A F O N Y R Z Q J I


In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames will be used.



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 application.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. 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 28 April 2021 all applications for admission to Year One that were initially refused in the first instance will be given priority, followed by new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided, which will all be treated equally and the published criteria applied.

This waiting list will be in place until the end of the academic year.

If Pond Park Primary School was your first preference school your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.


Y2-Y7 Intake


Children to be admitted into these classes only if the total enrolment number has not been reached and if the number of children in each year group has not exceeded the Department of Education guidelines on permitted class sizes.


NB: Parents should note that it is their responsibility to ensure that information which is relevant to the school’s admissions criteria and which they wish to have taken into consideration is included by them on, or with, the application or provided to the first preference school.





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