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.

Coleraine Grammar School

Coleraine Grammar School

Voluntary Grammar School (Co-educational Non-Denominational) 


23-33 Castlerock Road 

Coleraine 

BT51 3LA 

Telephone: 028 7034 4331 

Fax No: 028 7035 2632 

 

Lodge Road 

Coleraine 

BT52 1LZ 

Telephone: 028 7034 3178 

Fax No: 028 7035 1499 

 E-Mail: info@colerainegrammar.com 


Website: www.colerainegrammar.com  

Principal: Dr DRJ Carruthers BSc PhD PGCE PQH(NI) 

Chairperson of the Board of Governors: Mr W Oliver              

 

Age Range of pupils:    11-18 years 

Admissions No:    156

Enrolment Number:    1060

 

 

Coleraine Grammar School is a prestigious voluntary grammar school which opened on 1st September 2015. Coleraine Grammar School is a co-educational, 11-18, non-denominational school, building on the foundations provided by Coleraine High School and Coleraine Academical Institution, which offered excellent post-primary education in Coleraine for 150 years. 


Coleraine Grammar School is initially operating on two campuses, the Lodge Road campus and the Castlerock Road campus.  In September 2021, the new Year 8 pupils will be located on the Lodge Road. 


Open Nights 

Information which would normally be provided on the school’s Open Nights will be published on the school’s website and Facebook page in January/February 2021. 

 

 

ADMISSIONS PROCESS and ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR YEAR 8 - SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2022 


TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS naming Coleraine Grammar School as a preference on your child’s online Application/Transfer Form 

  

Definition of Special Provision 

Special Provision applies to a child who was not registered to take the AQE tests because either: 

. The child’s parent/guardian wishes him/her to be admitted to Year 8 from a primary school outside Northern Ireland. 

OR 

. The child has received more than half of his/her primary education outside Northern Ireland. 


If you are making a claim for your child to be considered under Special Provision, please note that you are required to: 


. Complete Form SP 20, obtainable from Coleraine Grammar School, and attach it to the online Application/Transfer Form when it is being submitted. You should state specifically which one or more of the above reasons make the applicant eligible for consideration under Special Provision.  

 

The Admissions Sub-Committee will determine whether or not the application meets the criteria for Special Provision using the available evidence on or attached to the online Application/Transfer Form. It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide all of the information relevant to meeting the criteria for Special Provision, and to furnish relevant details. 

 

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


This information may be requested from those whose applications have been successful on or shortly after Saturday 19th June 2021, when they have been notified of their allocation of a place at Coleraine Grammar School. 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 inability to offer a place. 

 

  

Voluntary Contribution 

Coleraine Grammar School has an annual parental contribution of £200 payable as £20 per month (x10) for the first child, with a 25% reduction for the second child and 50% reduction for the third child or subsequent child up to a maximum contribution per family of £45 per month (x10). 

  

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY INTO YEAR 8 

Functions of the Board of Governors in Relation to Admissions to the School 


In approving the admissions criteria, the Board of Governors has delegated responsibility for admissions to a sub-committee of the Board, which includes the Principal.  

 

ADMISSIONS PROCESS and ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR YEAR 8 – SCHOOL YEAR 2021/22 

After consideration of claims for Special Provision, 156 places in Year 8 will be allocated to pupils by applying progressively the criteria below, which will be applied to each child solely on the basis of the information provided on, or attached to, the online Application/Transfer Form.

 

1. Only children who, when the AQE tests were cancelled on 13/01/21, were registered to take the AQE tests in January/February 2021 (evidence of registration to be provided), or who satisfy the definition of Special Provision, will be considered for admission. 


2. Criterion 2 is defined as children who 


i. have a child of the family* enrolled at Coleraine Grammar School or 


ii. have a child of the family* who previously attended Coleraine Grammar School, Coleraine Academical Institution or Coleraine High School or 


iii. at the date of their application are the eldest child of the family* eligible to apply for admission to Coleraine Grammar School. 


3. Pupils who satisfy criterion 2, and who placed Coleraine Grammar School as 1st preference on the online Application/Transfer Form will be admitted first.  If the school is over-subscribed after applying this criterion, these pupils will then be admitted as follows –  


a. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals will be admitted next. 


b. Random selection will then be applied.  A numbered disc representing each child’s name will be placed in a ‘hat’, and an independent person will withdraw the required number of discs from the ‘hat’, under the observation of a second independent person and a school representative. 

 

4. Pupils who do not satisfy criterion 2 and who placed Coleraine Grammar School as 1st preference on the online Application/Transfer Form will be admitted next.  If the school is still over-subscribed after applying this criterion, these pupils will then be admitted as follows–  


a. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals will be admitted next. 


b. Random selection will then be applied.  A numbered disc representing each child’s name will be placed in a ‘hat’, and an independent person will withdraw the required number of discs from the ‘hat’, under the observation of a second independent person and a school representative. 

 

5. Pupils who satisfy criterion 2 and who did not place Coleraine Grammar School as 1st preference on the online Application/Transfer Form will be admitted next.  If the school is still over-subscribed after applying this criterion, these pupils will then be admitted as follows–  


a. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals will be admitted next. 


b. Random selection will then be applied.  A numbered disc representing each child’s name will be placed in a ‘hat’, and an independent person will withdraw the required number of discs from the ‘hat’, under the observation of a second independent person and a school representative. 

 

6. Pupils who do not satisfy criterion 2 and who did not place Coleraine Grammar School as 1st preference on the online Application/Transfer Form will be admitted next.  If the school is still over-subscribed after applying this criterion, these pupils will then be admitted as follows–  


a. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals will be admitted next. 


b. Random selection will then be applied.  A numbered disc representing each child’s name will be placed in a ‘hat’, and an independent person will withdraw the required number of discs from the ‘hat’, under the observation of a second independent person and a school representative. 

 

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 online Application/Transfer Form. 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/Transfer Form or attached to it.  

  

In accordance with statutory requirements, when applying the admissions criteria, the Board of Governors sub-committee will select a pupil resident in Northern Ireland on 1st September 2021 before a pupil not resident at that date. 

 

Number of Applications and Admissions  


Year   2017/18 

Admissions No.   156

Total Applications All Preferences    171

Total Admissions    156

 

Year   2018/19 

Admissions No.   156

Total Applications All Preferences    197

Total Admissions    156

 

Year   2019/20

Admissions No.   156

Total Applications All Preferences    200

Total Admissions    156 

 

Year   2020/21

Admissions No.   156

Total Applications All Preferences    191

Total Admissions    156 

 

This table does not include children who were admitted to the school with a statement of special educational needs, who gained a place on appeal or who gained a place by temporary variation. 

 

* Please see Department of Education Circular No. 2016/15 (Revised, issued 21/10/2020) for guidance on the terms ‘child of the family’ and ‘eldest child’, to include points 1 and 2 under ‘Eldest Child’ on page 32 of the circular. 

  

For Admissions Criteria for entry to Years 9 – 12, please see our website (www.colerainegrammar.com) or contact the school for further information. 

 



** 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.**