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.

Campbell College

Campbell College       

Belmont Road          


BT4 2ND 

Telephone No: 028 9076 3076 



Headmaster: RM Robinson, MBE, BSc, PGCE, MEd, PQH 

Chair of Board of Governors:  His Honour Judge AFW Devlin 


 Voluntary Grammar School Boys’ Grammar - Inter-denominational 


Age Range: 11-18 

Admission No: 130 

Enrolment No: 950 


A Virtual Open Month will be held and can be accessed via the College’s website from February 2021 


To Parents/Guardians naming Campbell College as a preference on your child’s Transfer Application.  


Due to the disruption of the education provision for Primary 7 pupils as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of Governors of Campbell College will apply the following Admissions Criteria to select applicants applying for entry to Year 8 in 2021. 




As a Voluntary B Grammar School, Campbell College charges an annual fee to all pupils for development and maintenance. The Board of Governors seeks to support applications to the College by offering scholarships, further details may be found in the Prospectus. 



 GBP £ Per Annum 2021-22 


Dayboys (UK & Irish citizens) Years 8-14    £2,965 


Dayboys (EU citizens) Years 8-14   £5,000 


Dayboys (Rest of the World) Years 8-14    £9,145 


Boarding (UK & Irish citizens) Years 8-14    £15,960 




The criteria for admission that are set out below have been agreed by the Board of Governors, which has delegated to an admissions sub-committee (and which includes the Headmaster) full authority to apply the criteria and administer the admissions policy which the Board has approved. The approved admissions number for  Year 8 entry in September 2021 is 130.   






1. Campbell College will not use as a criterion the position of preference given to the school by the applicant on the Transfer Application; for example, a pupil who has not chosen Campbell College as a first preference school will be considered in the same way as those who have placed this school first on their application.  


2. Pupils resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to the school will be selected before any pupils not so resident (day pupils only). 


3. Campbell College will consider for admission into Year 8 initially only those who were entered for the AQE and/or GL Common Entrance Assessments.  Parents/Guardians must provide appropriate documentary evidence that the applicant was registered for AQE/GL.  For those pupils who are applying to the boarding department, this does not apply. Those pupils who only took up residence in Northern Ireland after the start of Primary 7 and those pupils who are applying to Campbell College from outside Northern Ireland should consult the Special Provisions section on page 3.  

The following criteria will be applied in order as laid out below:  


i. those pupils enrolling in the boarding department. Up to 15 places in Year 8 are allocated for boarding pupils. The pupil must remain as a boarder throughout Years 8-12; 


ii. those pupils who are currently attending Campbell College Junior School; 


iii. those children who have an elder brother currently attending Campbell College, or has attended previously to at least GCSE or Sixth Form; 


iv. those children who have a sister currently enrolled in Years 8-14 at Strathearn School or Bloomfield Collegiate School; 


v. those children who are the eldest boy in the family eligible to attend a mainstream post-primary school;* 


vi. those children who are the sons of permanent employees of the College; 


vii. those children who are the sons of Old Campbellians; 


viii. those children who are the grandsons of Old Campbellians; 


ix. those children who are pupils at any of the following primary schools: 


Strandtown PS 

Dundonald PS 

Ballyholme PS 

St Patrick’s PS, Holywood 

Holywood PS 

Grange Park PS 

Sullivan Upper Preparatory Department  

St Joseph’s PS, Ballyhackamore  

Gilnahirk PS 

Londonderry PS  

Glencraig IPS 

Andrews Memorial PS 

Killinchy PS 

Castle Gardens PS  


NOTE: These primary schools are those which have in the past three years sent the most pupils to Campbell College. 


x. In the event that there are more applicants than there are places remaining after the application of the last criterion above (3.ix), applicants will be selected for the remaining places on the basis of their normal place of residence.  Preference will be given to the applicant(s) whose normal place of residence is located nearest to the front entrance [Belmont Road entrance adjacent to roundabout]. Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the front door of the applicant’s home. “Normal place of residence” will be taken to mean the applicant’s address appearing on the Transfer Application. 


* Definition of ‘eldest’ is the eldest or only boy in the family, with eldest sibling twins (or other multiples) regarded as joint eldest. The same criterion will also apply in the case where a family has not had the opportunity to enrol an elder son, such as in cases where the elder son has completed their post-primary education, could not attend mainstream school (e.g. attend a special school) or where a family has relocated to Northern Ireland.  A verifying letter must be provided stating that the child is the eldest boy and that the child and family are known to the verifier. It must be written on headed notepaper and signed by one of the following who is not a member of the applicant’s family: a medical practitioner, a member of the clergy or equivalent, a solicitor or a primary school principal. 


The School emphasises that it is the responsibility of the applicants to notify on the Transfer Application where and how the above criteria apply, and to furnish relevant details. 




Special Provisions will apply only to children who have not registered for the AQE and/or GL Assessment because they took up residence in Northern Ireland after the start of Primary 7 and to pupils who are applying to Campbell College from outside Northern Ireland.  


Parents/Guardians who wish to apply under Special Provisions should complete Form SP20, obtainable from the school, stating the precise reason why they believe their 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 apply; children whom the Board of Governors consider to be eligible will be included under criterion i. to x. of the Admissions Criteria. 




The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any applicant’s Transfer Application.  


If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place.  Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn. 




Should a vacancy arise after places have been finalised, all applications for admission to Year 8 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 of the year following application.  


Applications and Admissions 


Year  2018/19

 Admissions No   130

 Total Applications ie. All preferences   164

 Total Admissions   130


Year  2019/20

 Admissions No   130

 Total Applications ie. All preferences   162

 Total Admissions   130 


Year  2020/21

 Admissions No   130

 Total Applications ie. All preferences   162

 Total Admissions   130 




Please visit for information on applications to Years 9-13.    


** This information is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your LA or chosen grammar school for all admission and Transfer Test queries.**