Admission criteria for

September 2021

In recent years the Transfer Test - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been used as part of the admissions policy for entry into year 8. In 2020 the Transfer Test did not take place and so this school has developed new criteria for entry into Year 8 in September 2021.

 

These criteria can vary greatly from school to school and you should make yourself aware of all the criteria details as they will determine which children will be admitted to this school in September 2021.

 

Make sure that you provide the school with all the information that they require as the school will use the information that you provide when making their decision about which children are admitted in September 2021.

Antrim Grammar School

ANTRIM GRAMMAR SCHOOL 

Controlled Grammar School  (Co-educational) 


10 Steeple Road 

Antrim 

BT41 1AF

 

Telephone: Antrim (028) 9446 4091 

E-Mail:info@antrimgrammar.antrim.ni.sch.uk 

Website: www.antrimgrammar.org 


Principal: Mrs J Lendrum, BA(Hons), MEd, PQH(NI) 

Chairman of the Board of Governors: Mr Roger McCune, MBE 

 

 

Age Range of pupils: 11-18  

Admissions No:  136                                               

Enrolment No:  740 

 

Open Event 

An Open Event for pupils and parents is available on the school website. The Prospectus is available electronically on our website.  

 

The Board of Governors of Antrim Grammar School remains firmly committed to academic selection as a method of entry to the School. In this unprecedented year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of both the Common Entrance Assessment, administered by the Association of Quality Education (AQE) and the GL Assessment, administered by PPTC, alternative criteria have been adopted. 

 

Entrance Assessment Registration  

Please ensure that you provide the following information on your child’s online Transfer Application. 

The AQE and/or PPTC candidate registration number must be entered on the online application and if available the AQE Registration Letter or Examination Card, or the PPTC Pupil Registration Card should be uploaded.  

 

Special Provisions   

If you are making a claim for your child to be considered under Special Provisions, please note that you are required to upload with the online application all such material that you consider will assist the Admissions Committee of the Board of Governors (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Admissions Sub Committee’). Claims for consideration for a child under Special Provisions will be examined and decided upon before the application of any of the Admissions Criteria. 


ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY INTO YEAR 8  

Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to the School Antrim Grammar School (the School) is a co-educational, inter-denominational school with an Enrolment Number of 740 and an Admissions Number of 112. The school has been granted a temporary variation in the Admissions Number for September 2021 which is 136.  

 

In the event of the School being oversubscribed the Board of Governors has approved the criteria described below and has delegated the task of applying these criteria to the Admissions Sub Committee. Decisions in respect of  “Special Provisions” are taken by the Admissions Sub Committee to whom decision-making powers have been delegated by the full Board of Governors of the School. Further reference, therefore, to the Board of Governors may imply the Admissions Sub Committee. 

 

Admissions Criteria 2021  

When considering which children should be selected for admission the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is uploaded with the online application. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the School’s Admissions Criteria is stated on the online application and uploaded with it at the time of the application.  

 

Due to the cancellation of the AQE and the GL Assessments, the School will use the following Admissions Criteria which will be applied in the order in which they are set out until the point where the admissions number is reached. 

 

Criteria  

1  The Board of Governors will consider children who are resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission to the School before those who are not. 

2  Preference will be given to those pupils who were registered to sit the AQE and/or the GL Assessment(s) in 2020 (and, by virtue of postponement, 2021), or granted Special Provision (by the Board of Governors) in accordance with the arrangements for Special Provision set out below. Children who were not entered for the AQE/GL Assessments, because they would have been entitled to apply for Special Provisions as set out below, will also be considered.  

3  Priority will be given to those applicants who have selected Antrim Grammar School as their first preference school. 

 

If following the application of the above criteria, it is not possible to identify for admission the exact number of children in line with the admission number, the School will use the following Admissions sub-criteria which will be applied in the order in which they are set out until the point where the admissions number is reached.  

In the event that there are fewer applicants complying with a particular sub-criterion than there are places available or remaining, those applicants complying with that sub-criterion will be admitted and the next sub-criterion will be applied to the remaining applicants. 


In the event that there are more applicants complying with a particular sub-criterion than there are places available or remaining, those applicants complying with that sub-criterion will go forward to be considered under the next sub-criterion and those not complying with that sub-criterion will be eliminated. 


(i) Applicant who has a sibling¹ currently attending the school (details to be supplied) 

(ii)    Applicant who is the eldest/only² child of the family. To be eligible for admission in September 2021, applicants must submit/upload with the Transfer application a letter on headed notepaper to verify that the applicant is the eldest or only child. This must be a letter from a person who is not a family member of the applicant and who has known the applicant for at least one year; letters of verification will be accepted from a Primary School Principal, Elected Public Representative, GP, Solicitor or member of the Clergy (See Note 1) 

(iii) Applicant attends a Primary School which is a recognised feeder school to Antrim Grammar School. A recognised feeder school is one from which any pupils have transferred to Antrim Grammar School over the preceding three year period. Feeder schools will be ranked according to the average number of pupils who have transferred from each contributory school to Antrim Grammar School over the preceding three years, and the rank order will be used so that those primary schools sending higher numbers of pupils to Antrim Grammar School will have precedence (See Note 2)  

 

¹ Where applicable “sibling” is defined as another child of the family [Article 2(2) of the Domestic proceedings (NI) Order 1980] to include, for example, half-brothers and sisters, together with children who are adopted or fostered.   

² Twins and other multiples who are eldest in the family are treated as joint eldest children. Eldest child to transfer to a mainstream school. 

 

Where 2 or more children meet the requirement for the remaining place(s) children will be ranked for acceptance 

using the tie-breaker Method A, followed by Method B, followed by Method C, if required. 

 

A copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate must be uploaded with the Transfer Application. 

 

Tie-breaker 

Method A 

Age: Applicants will be selected for admission based on the date of birth, as entered on their Birth Certificate, ranked from eldest to youngest. In the event that two or more pupils who have the same date of birth are tied for the last place, Method B will be applied to those applicants. 

 

Method B 

Alphabet: Applicants 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:  

 

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

 

This order was determined by random selection. In the event that the remaining applicants have the same initial letter of their surname, Method C will be applied to those applicants.  

 

Method C 

Random Selection: Each application at this stage will be allocated a random number electronically generated with Microsoft Excel. The applications will then be ranked in order, with the higher numbers having preference. 

 

If at this stage there are still unallocated places, the Board of Governors will consider all those applicants who have placed Antrim Grammar School as second preference. The remaining places will be allocated using Criteria 1 and 2 and sub-criteria (i) – (iii) and tiebreaker if required. If at this stage there are still unallocated places, the Board of Governors will consider all those applicants who have placed Antrim Grammar School as third preference. The remaining places will be allocated using Criteria 1 and 2 and sub-criteria (i) – (iii) and tiebreaker if required. This process will be repeated at each preference stage for any remaining unallocated places. 

 

Special Provisions 

Special Provisions will only apply to children who have not entered for one of the assessments (AQE or GL) because they took up residence in Northern Ireland after 9 October 2020 or received more than half of their primary education outside Northern Ireland. Parents/Guardians who wish to apply to the School under Special Provisions should complete Form SP20, obtainable from the School, stating the precise reason why they believe the child is eligible for consideration under Special Provisions and upload it with appropriate evidence with the Transfer Application. Parents/Guardians who are applying for Special Provisions must do so by 16 March 2021. Using the information provided the Board of Governors will determine whether Special Provisions applies. If it does, those children who the Board of Governors considers to be eligible will be included under Criterion 2 of the Admissions Criteria. 

 

Admissions to Year 8 following completion of the Transfer Procedure 

Should the Board of Governors determine that an applicant who has arrived in Northern Ireland after the Transfer Process has been concluded is suitable for admission, and the School’s Admissions Number has been reached, it will seek approval from the Department of Education to admit the applicant through the allocation of an additional place.  

 

Parents who wish to have their child considered for admission in the event of a place arising after the Transfer Procedure concludes at the end of June should write to the Principal stating this. An acknowledgement will be issued. If any place(s) subsequently becomes available and there are more applicants than places available, then decisions will be made on application of the Year 8 Admissions Criteria to those children seeking admission at the time the place(s) becomes available. 

 

Note 1: Verification of Information.  

 

As the School has a duty to verify information please note that applicants may be required to produce evidence confirming the accuracy of the information contained within the application.  

 

Please note that a copy of the Applicant’s Birth Certificate must be uploaded with the Transfer Application.  

 

The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents according to the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the School being unable to offer a place. 

 

Note 2: Feeder Primary Schools 

Feeder schools are ranked below according to the number of pupils who have transferred from each contributory school to Antrim Grammar School over the preceding three years, those with higher numbers having precedence. 

The schools listed below are the primary schools which sent pupils to Antrim Grammar School in the previous three years, ranked in accordance with the actual number of pupils sent. For the application of Criterion iii, this rank order will be used. A pupil from the school named at paragraph 3.(iii) 1 will be admitted before a pupil named at paragraph 3.(iii) 2, and so on. 


Rank 

 Feeder School Name 

 

3.(iii) 1  Antrim Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 2  St Comgall’s Primary School    

 

3.(iii) 3  Loanends Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 4  Templepatrick Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 5=  Round Tower Integrated Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 5=  St Joseph’s Primary School, Crumlin  

 

3.(iii) 7=  Ballycraigy Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 7=  Crumlin Integrated Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 9  Greystone Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 10  St Joseph’s Primary School, Antrim 

 

3.(iii) 11  Randalstown Central Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 12  Creavery Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 13  Mossgrove Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 14=  McKinney Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 14=  Parkhall Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 14=  Six Mile Integrated Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 17=  Ashgrove Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 17=  Ballyhenry Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 17=  Groggan Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 17=  Parkgate Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 21=  Glengormley Integrated Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 21=  Kells and Connor Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 23=  Doagh Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 23=  St Bernard’s Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 25=  Ballinderry Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 25=  Ballymacrickett Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 25=  Carnmoney Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 25=  Straidhavern Primary School   

 

3.(iii) 25=  The Thompson Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Braidside Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Ballymacward Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Euston Street Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Hazelwood Integrated Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Hythehill Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 30=  King’s Park Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 30=  Longstone Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Maghaberry Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 30=  Maine Integrated Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Mallusk Integrated Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 30=  Mossley Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  New Row Primary School  

 

3.(iii) 30=  Oakfield Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  St Brigid’s Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  St Mary’s on the Hill Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  St Patrick’s Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Seaview Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Sheuchan Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Whitehead Primary School 

 

3.(iii) 30=  Woods Primary School 

 

 

When considering which applicants should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or uploaded to the Transfer Application. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the School’s Admissions Criteria is stated on the Transfer Application or uploaded to it. 

 

Year 8 Applications and Admissions 

 

Year 2018/19 

 Admissions No.  112 

 Total Applications All Preferences  164 

 Total Admissions  113 

 

Year 2019/20  

 Admissions No.  136 

 Total Applications All Preferences  197 

 Total Admissions  137 


Year 2020/21   

 Admissions No.  136 

 Total Applications All Preferences  170 

 Total Admissions  136 

 

This information does not include children who were admitted to the School with a statement of Special Educational Needs. 

The Admissions Committee will meet to review consultation papers for SEN transfer pupils and will liaise with Special Education, Children’s and Young People’s Services as appropriate to ensure appropriate provision and planning is in place to support SEN children.  


ADMISSION TO YEAR 9-12  

 

INTRODUCTION 

Antrim Grammar School (the School) is a co-educational, inter-denominational school with an Enrolment Number of 740. 

 

The Board of Governors has approved the criteria described below and has delegated the task of applying these criteria to the Principal.  Further reference, therefore, to the Board of Governors may imply the Admissions Sub Committee or the Principal. 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

 

Applications should be made, in writing, to the School using Annex B form as appropriate.  All those seeking Admission will be required to sit a Cognitive Ability Test and to provide the most recent reports from their present school. 

 

Following receipt of an application, the School will advise parents as to the next steps to be taken and will notify them, within ten working days of the applicant sitting the admissions test, of any decision to admit the child or otherwise. It should be noted that those who have made an application, but have failed to obtain a place in the School, will be placed on a reserve list until June following their application, at which time their application is deemed to have lapsed.  

 

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA TO BE APPLIED TO ALL APPLICATIONS 

 

In the event that a place becomes available, all applications on the reserve list will be considered. 

 

Applications will only be considered if places are available within the School Enrolment Number of 740.  The maximum number of places per year, other than in exceptional circumstances, is 115 places, subject to an overall enrolment number of 740.  Applications to Years 11 and 12 are also conditional upon places being available within classes to support the child’s subject choices.  Applications to Year 12 will not normally be considered.  Applicants will be required to sit a Cognitive Ability Test and to provide the most recent reports from their present school. 

 

The following criteria will be applied progressively in the order set down below:- 

 

1. Applicants who have sat a Cognitive Ability Test, as directed by Antrim Grammar School, and been awarded a mean SAS score in Quantitative and Verbal greater than or equal to 105 and whose most recent reports from their present school (and previous schools, if applicable) satisfy the Principal on past school record and achievement, including attendance, behaviour and punctuality.  (A satisfactory attendance rate would be 95% or higher).  In the case of applicants whose attendance may have been affected by clearly documented medical or other problems, the Principal is empowered, in exceptional circumstances, to consider this.  Each case will be carefully assessed by the Principal and will necessarily take into account appropriate documentary evidence, medical or otherwise.  In such a case the decision of the Principal will be final; 


2. Applicants will be rank ordered based on their Cognitive Ability Test, specifically their mean SAS score in Quantitative and Verbal greater than 105; 


3. Applicants who have become resident in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area within three months of the date of consideration of their application will be considered before other children; 


4. If after all the criteria above have been exhausted it becomes necessary to make a final selection, priority will be given to an applicant whose home is closer to the School.  Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the pupil’s home to the front entrance of the School. 

 

ADMISSIONS FOLLOWING 1st SEPTEMBER of any academic year. 

 

Should the Board of Governors determine that an applicant who has moved into the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area after the Admissions process has been concluded, and for whom a suitable curriculum can be provided with existing resources, is suitable for admission, and that our Enrolment Number has been reached, it will seek approval from the Department of Education to admit the child through allocation of an additional place. 



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