Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at Ballynahinch Primary School and Nursery Unit . Please feel free to contact the school to arrange a tour, for more information or answers to any queries.
Admissions September 2021
Parents wanting to apply for Nursery and P1 places must do so via an online application.
Please check the Education Authority website on how to apply for a school or pre-school place, key dates in the admissions procedure and preschool providers’ admissions criteria for September 2021 admissions. There is a help video available to view below.
EA Admissions Helpdesk can be contacted by phoning 028 9598 5595 Mon to Fri (9am - 5pm)
You can also contact the EA Admissions Helpdesk at the following email addresses below :
Why Would You Choose Us?
There are many excellent schools in and around Ballynahinch, all offering high quality teaching and stimulating learning experiences in a safe and secure environment where children are encouraged to be creative, to think and to have fun.
For a parent of a child about to start Nursery or P1, what do we offer that sets us apart from the other schools?
Breakfast Club from 8.00am for all pupils
All pupils in Nursery to P7 can attend a supervised breakfast club which is open from 8.00am until 8.45am. It costs £1 per child per day to attend and places do not need to be pre-booked.
Afternoon clubs for all pupils, including Primary 1
In non-covid times we provide around 15 different afterschool clubs in all areas - music, sports, environmental, technology - for all children. P1 pupils can attend clubs from November having taken the first term to settle into school.
Onsite childcare with Rockmount Den until 6.00pm
Andrea runs Rockmount Den which is located at the rear of the school. Andrea’s staff collect children directly from their classroom meaning they never even have to leave the grounds before going home.
Interactive technologies to support learning
All our classrooms have the latest interactive panels that support the learning of the children, all installed in the last 12 months. These resources, along with a set of class iPads, allow the children to have a multimedia experience to enhance their learning.
Parent car park to make the pick up and drop off easier
Schools are very busy at the best of times, especially so at drop-off and pick-up. We have a large car park that parents are able to use to ease congestion and have more control over the flow of traffic around our site. The drop-off area can be used in the morning to allow you to let your child make their own way into school quickly.
Health promotion including the Daily Mile and walking buses
All children are encouraged to participate in a Daily Mile - although this is very difficult to facilitate currently. We have partnered with Sustrans, the active travel charity this year to promote sustainable travel to and from school including walking and cycle to school weeks.
We regularly field teams in local football, hockey, rugby, cricket, netball and cross country competitions. We work with local sports clubs to extend coaching opportunities for the children.
Brass, woodwind and string tuition takes place each with specialist tutors. We also have a very talented choir that regularly sings within the local community.
Peer learning and buddy system
Children really enjoy learning from other children. We are really fortunate to have amazing children who provide pastoral support and guidance for the younger children in the playgrounds and canteen. We also use peer reading in Key Stage 2 to help develop confidence and fluency.
We provide counselling for children who are dealing with bereavement, separation and a wide range of other issues. Working with The Edge, we try to provide support for families & children who are dealing with difficult situations in a safe and familiar environment.
All our classes in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 elect representatives onto our School Council. They make suggestions about changes they would like to see in school.
Our Eco committee help make sure that our classes are recycling, saving electricity and implementing ways we can make our school greener. We recently were awarded a Silver Green Flag to recognise the environmental efforts of the Eco committee.
We have a long established link with St. Patricks PS through Shared Education which allows the children of both our schools to learn and play together.
Educational visits and residential trips
Ranging from overnight stays in P6 & P7 to short outings around the grounds in P1, educational visits and trips out of the classroom enhance the learning of the children. Every class will have the opportunity to visit places that enhance their understanding of a topic or provide an experience that could not be achieved in the classroom.
Modern facilities with every classroom under the same roof
With the largest primary school site in the South Eastern area our children are blessed to have the most wonderful grounds to learn and play in. Alongside our Assembly Hall, a separate canteen, solar panels, outdoor gym, natural play space, natural climbing equipment, library, sensory spaces and resource areas, really make our school one of the best facilities in the area and we would encourage you to come and have a look for yourselves.