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Dunclug Primary School, Ballymena

Parent Feedback

Parent and Carer comments from 2021 and 2022:

  • I would definitely recommend Dunclug Primary School to other parents for its caring, supportive ethos.
  • My child loves this school. Everything and everyone in it is brilliant.
  • Recently moved here and the difference in our wee man is unbelievable – it has been the best move for him and we are all very happy.
  • Dunclug Primary School has renewed my appreciation of the Northern Ireland education system!
  • I would recommend the school to other parents, I find it has plenty of resources and has the time to treat each child individually.
  • Never been aware of any bullying issues within the school as such a close school, but all teachers are approachable so feel confident that if there were ever any issues they would be managed and dealt with appropriately. My son cannot wait to return to school after the holidays.
  • My son loves school, the support during home learning was excellent.
  • My kids love Dunclug PS they enjoy the staff and the pupils are friendly.
  • My children are very much where they should be in their Key Stages.
  • Lovely teachers and principal. Very friendly and helpful. My children love to go to school.
  • Dunclug Primary School is a lovely safe environment and the teachers are so approachable.
  • Brilliant school with amazing teachers.
  • My child has come on so much especially in the last 12 months.
  • For us as parents to a child with differing needs, the school is so much more than being about the building.
  • The school gives the most precious and valuable thing to parents and children with SEN - “hope”.  Pupils are treated with unconditional acceptance and the whole school ethos of inclusivity and openness is outstanding.
  • This school has made such a difference for my kids. All the staff do a fantastic job; I wish I had have moved them to Dunclug Primary School sooner.
  • The school is very attentive if needing to address a concern. The children are all well behaved, mannerly, helpful and this all comes down to a great staff input. As a parent of four, it has given me great reassurance to know my kids enjoy going to school so much.

Parent/Carer Survey June 2022 Results

We are pleased that so many parents and carers have made Dunclug Primary School their number 1 choice of school for their children. Now an oversubscribed school, we are always looking to improve the learning environment for our children and at the end of June 2022, we asked our parents/carers and our P4-7 pupils for their feedback. Please see the image and the statistics below for a breakdown of the results.

The overall level of satisfaction:

  • The overall performance of Dunclug Primary School was given as excellent by parents (97.7%)
  • 100% of parents rate the school’s performance as good or excellent

Improvement and decline:

  • Of the parents whose children were not in their first year at the school 60% said the school had improved over the last year and 0% thought that the school’s performance was worse

    Of the parents of new pupils, 0% felt that the school had not lived up to their expectations and 91% said the school was better than they had expected it to be


Open Day Video


School Video 2020


Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria to be used in the event of the school being oversubscribed:

The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admission criteria and has delegated to the Principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the admission of pupils to the School.The criteria are listed in order of priority.

  1. Children who have a sibling currently enrolled at the school.
  2. Children whose sibling previously attended (name/dates attended must be given on the application form).
  3. Children whose mother/father/guardian are past pupils of the school
  4. Children for whom Dunclug Primary School is the nearest school to their home address as measured along the public road using Google Maps.
  5. Where two or more children live the same distance from school, final selection will be on the basis of alphabetical order of the child’s name (as entered on the birth certificate). Firstly, consideration will be given to the surname. Thereafter, if two children have the same surname the alphabetical order of the first forename will be the deciding factor.

Useful Dates - 2023

  • Thursday 1 December 2022: Dunclug Primary School Open Day 2022   2pm and 4pm introductions and tours 


  • Tuesday 13 December 2022: EA publishes information on EANI website about the primary one admissions procedure and admissions criteria for schools.


  • Tuesday 10 January 2023 (noon): Primary One application procedure opens with online portal available 


  • Friday 27 January 2023 (12 noon): Final date for Primary 1 online applications


  • Thursday 27 April 2023: Applicants receive notification of outcome of application on 27 April by email where one is held or by letter. EA Online Portal open.


  • Thursday 8th June 2023: Dunclug Primary School P1 Induction Day


Contact us to find out more - Tel: 0282565 2327 E: