Forth River Primary School

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100 Cairnmartin Road Belfast County Antrim BT13 3PQ

028 9071 4890


.We are very proud to be the oldest primary school in Belfast and are looking forward to celebrating our 180th Birthday in 2021. When the pupils put on our school uniform they become part of the Forth River family.  We are fortunate to have a modern building with extensive grounds and a  nature garden on our site.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many children are in each class?

We have one class for each year group. Each class has approximately 30 pupils.

How many pupils attend Forth River?

There are currently 212 pupils on our roll.

What are the admissions criteria?

1. Children who have reached compulsory school age.

2. Children who choose Forth River as FIRST preference

3. Children who already have a brother or sister at the school

4. Children whose brothers or sisters attended the school

5. Children for whom Forth River Primary is the nearest suitable school - (measured in a straight line from home to school on Google Maps)

If you want your child to come to our school it is important that you put Forth River as your first choice on the application form!

How do I apply for a Primary One place?

All applications must be completed on-line. Please click the link to the Education Authority website for the most up to date details (

My child has additional needs, will they get extra support?

We are fortunate to have a teacher to support children with additional needs in reading and literacy. We also have a part-time teacher providing support for children with social and emotional difficulties. This support is usually in the format of small groups.

Do you have a breakfast club?

Yes, breakfast club opens it's doors at 8am. Children can have cereal, toast and juice. The cost is 50 pence per day.

(Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to have breakfast club at present)

What provision do you have for outdoor play?

Primary 1 and 2 classes share a playground, we also have a courtyard area for outdoor play. Weather permitting, we use the outside areas as much as possible. The Primary 1 children have great fun visiting the nature garden.