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






Telephone: 028 92678908

BT27 4QS




Principal: Mr S Baine.

School Website:

Chairman of Board of Governors: Mrs N McMorrow




Admissions No. 50

Enrolment No. 348




The new school building was completed and the entire school population returned to the former site on 31st July 2012.


The new building comprising 12 mainstream classrooms, 2 MLD classrooms, library, assembly hall and dining hall is state of the art. The facilities are magnificent and entirely in keeping with providing a primary school education in the 21st Century. Each classroom is equipped with the most up to date interactive whiteboards ensuring the delivery of high class ICT provision. The classrooms are clustered in groups of 4 (excluding the P1 rooms which are in a cluster of 2) and each cluster is coloured zoned i.e. Red/Gold/Green/Blue zones. Each cluster has a large resource area which acts as a magnificent extension to the classroom. The most up to date equipment has been provided in each of the classrooms. The school has retained the outdoor grass pitch which has been completely re-laid and this affords the school the tremendous facility of being able to retain games/sports day etc on site. The new assembly hall has been equipped with the most modern facilities including portable staging, lighting and sound equipment. School meals are cooked on site to the highest ELB standards and once again the most modern facilities are employed to ensure this.


Security on site is of paramount importance to us in St Colman’s. The school has a main entrance as well as pupil’s entrance through which only staff and pupils can enter. The school is designed in such a way as to create separate discreetly enclosed playgrounds/ courtyards in which various year groups can play safely. The school has a large car park and this is managed in conjunction with the parish. We have a breakfast club for those children who come early to school and this runs from 8.00am to 8.45am (last serving 8.30am). The site is shared with the Parish of Derriaghy and in the Parish Centre, there is a Time Out Project which operates from 2.00pm – 6.00pm daily.


  1. teaching staff is Principal plus 16 full-time teachers, supported by 19 classroom assistants, the school secretary and assistant secretary, the caretaker, 3 cleaners and 17 supervisory assistants. The school has two special units to assist those pupils with moderate learning difficulties. South Eastern Education and Library Board peripatetic music staff provide tuition on violin and cello.


The school sets high standards in learning and behaviour without losing sight of the capabilities of individual children. We are

committed to maintaining a happy school atmosphere in which children can feel safe, work hard and yet enjoy the experience of learning. St Colman’s is involved in the CRED project with Dunmurry Primary School.


Extra curricular activities include hurling, judo, gaelic football, soccer, drama, Irish dancing, guitar and netball. Swimming is part of the physical education programme in P5/6/7.



Educational visits make an important contribution to the whole school curriculum and classes engage in these throughout the year.


The teachers in St. Colman's take seriously their responsibility to keep parents well informed regarding all aspects of school policy in general and individual pupil performance in particular. The work of the school is strongly supported by an active Parents' Association.


Application forms and a copy of the school booklet may be obtained from the school. Applications will only be accepted for pupils who have reached compulsory school age. In the event of the school being over subscribed a sub-committee of the Board of Governors will apply the following admissions criteria in the order set down.


Admissions Criteria


NB: Applicants should note that they will be required to produce documents verifying their address using a verifiable utility bill.


When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.



P1 Intake


1 Children of compulsory school age living in the Parish of Derriaghy and who have an older brother or sister, half brother/half sister who will be enrolled in St Colman’s Primary school in September 2017.


2 Children of compulsory school age living in the Parish of Derriaghy.


          3 Children of compulsory school age living outside the Parish of Derriaghy who have an older
           brother/sister, half brother/sister who will be enrolled in St Colman’s Primary School in
           September 2017.


4 Children whose parents are currently employed in a permanent capacity in St Colman’s Primary School.


5 Children whose parent/parents are past pupils of St Colman’s Primary School.


In the event of over-subscription in any of the above criteria, taken in order, the following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down.


Children will be admitted on the basis of the initial letter of their surname as written on their birth certificate in the order set out below:

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


This order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet at the Board of Governor’s meeting on 20th September 2016.


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.


Please note it is your responsibility to provide all relevant information on the application form and attach your child’s birth certificate.


Proof of name and date of birth (birth certificate) and proof of address of the parent or legal guardian of the child (utility bill/bank statement) must be attached to the application form.


Waiting List

After the Open Enrolment procedure concludes a waiting list will be compiled from all unsuccessful applicants. If a vacancy occurs the random selection order as listed above will be used to select. The waiting list policy is available directly from the school





P2-P7 Admissions

  • Applications will be considered within the limits of the school’s total enrolment numbers where places are available in a year group.
  • The criteria listed above will be applied.



Applications for Admission



No of Applications Received

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Should a vacancy arise after 30th April 2017 all applications for admission to Primary 1 that were initially refused, new applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30th June 2018




The school and/or Education and Library Board will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.



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.


NOTE: the following is not to be included in any publication but to be kept on record by the SEELB.