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.

Dominican College Belfast

Dominican College Belfast 

Voluntary Grammar School Girls Grammar - Denominational 

               

38 Fortwilliam Park 

Belfast   

BT15 4AQ 


Telephone No: 028 9037 0298 

Fax No: 028 9077 3661 

E-mail: info@dominican.belfast.ni.sch.uk                                    

Web-site:    www.dominicancollege.org.uk 


Principal: Mrs L Catney BSc PGCE PQH (NI)           

Chair of  Board of Governors:  Mrs Sheila Crea 

   

Age Range:      11-18  

Admission No:         160  

Enrolment No:       1050 

  

OPEN DAY 

Due to Covid-19, unfortunately, we are unable to host our usual Open Day this year. A prospectus, video and further information will be available on our website. www.dominicancollege.org.uk  

  

To PARENTS/GUARDIANS naming Dominican College as a preference on your child’s Transfer Application. 

 

Dominican College normally uses the grade awarded to applicants who have completed the GL Entrance Assessment as its main criterion for admitting pupils to the school. Due to the closure of schools, as a result of Covid-19, the GL Entrance Assessment will not take place on Saturday 30th January 2021. Furthermore, the supplementary GL Entrance Assessment on Saturday 6th February 2021 will not take place either. 

 

Given the exceptional circumstances arising from Covid-19, the Board of Governors has determined that for one year only, Dominican College will use alternative criteria to admit pupils in September 2021. 

 

Applications for admission to Dominican College will only be accepted from applicants who had registered to sit the GL Entrance Assessment 2020-21 in any of the PPTC schools. 

 

Parents/Guardians of applicants who wish to apply for a place in Dominican College, should make the application through the post primary admissions process as set out by the Education Authority. The Board of Governors will treat all such applications for admission in accordance with the criteria set out in the Admissions Policy below. 

 

Parents/Guardians must upload the GL registration card supplied by the school at which they were registered to sit the test, along with their online Transfer Application. 

 

SPECIAL PROVISION 

Special provision will be made by the Board of Governors for applicants: 

Moving or recently moved to Northern Ireland: 

(a) whose parents/guardians wish them to transfer to post-primary school from primary schools outside Northern Ireland; 

(b) who have received more than half of their primary education outside Northern Ireland. 

 

Applicants in category (a) and (b) above who wish to apply under Special Provision, do not need to produce a registration card for the GL Assessment. The Board of Governors will consider each application for Special Provision and determine whether it applies.  If granted Special Provision, eligible applicants will then be considered with all other applicants who were registered to sit the GL Entrance Assessment 2020-21. 

 

For those currently in P7 in primary schools in Northern Ireland, claims for Special Provision should be made on Form SP1 and uploaded with the Transfer Application, along with independent, verifiable documentary evidence, as appropriate. Form SP1 is available from Dominican College or our website. 


Parents wishing to claim Special Provision should also forward a copy of Form SP1 directly to Dominican College by Tuesday 16th March 2021. After this date, claims for Special Provision should be made directly to Dominican College and the Admissions Office of the Education Authority. (the final date for the receipt of new applications/additional information is Monday 12th April no later than 4.00pm) 

 

 

RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL 

 

ADMISSIONS POLICY 

The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee, which includes the Principal, the responsibility for applying these criteria. Any reference herein to the Board of Governors includes any Committee or Sub-Committee appointed by the Board of Governors for the purposes of applying the Admissions Criteria set out herein. 

 

It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to ensure that they supply, on/with the Transfer Application, all the information required to enable the Board of Governors to apply the admissions criteria. 

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY TO YEAR 8 IN SEPTEMBER 2021 

Applicants resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission will be selected for admission before any child not so resident can be selected. 

 

The Board of Governors will apply the following criteria for admissions in September 2021, in order of priority as set down below. If after the application of a criterion, there remain more applicants than places available, the next criterion is applied. (ie. If the application of Criteria 1 results in over-subscription, the Board of Governors will apply Criteria 2. This will be repeated until the admissions number has been reached) 

 

CRITERIA 

1. Applicants who had registered to sit the GL Entrance Assessment 2020-21 in any of the PPTC schools. If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 2. 

 

2. Applicants who have a sibling* (see note below) currently enrolled at Dominican College, or a sibling who has already been selected under the current transfer procedure. (Please state the name, year group and years attended of the sibling(s)). 


If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 3. 

 

3. Applicants who had a sibling* (see note below) previously enrolled at Dominican College. (Please state the name, year group and years attended of the sibling(s)). 


If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 4. 

 

4. Applicants who are enrolled at the following feeder primary schools; 


Abbots Cross PS 

Antrim PS 

Ashgrove PS 

Ballyhenry PS 

Ballymacrickett PS 

Ballymacward PS 

Ballysillan PS 

Ben Madigan Prep 

Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagain 

Bunscoil Phobal Feirste 

Carr’s Glen PS 

Cavehill PS 

Christ the Redeemer PS 

Cliftonville PS 

Downey House PS 

Fairview PS 

Gaelscoil Eanna 

Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach 

Gaelscoil Na Bhfal 

Glengormley PS 

Greenisland PS 

Hazelwood PS 

Holy Child PS 

Holy Cross Girls’ PS 

Holy Family PS 

Holy Rosary PS 

Holy Trinity PS 

Ligoniel PS 

Lowwood PS 

Mercy PS 

Mossgrove PS 

Mount St Michael PS 

Oakwood PS 

Our Lady of Lourdes PS 

Our Lady’s PS 

Our Lady Queen of Peace PS 

Scoil An Droichid 

Scoil Na Fuiseoige 

Seaview PS 

St Anne’s PS 

St Bernard’s PS (Glengormley) 

St Bernard’s PS (Belfast) 

St Bride’s PS 

St Clare’s PS 

St Colman’s PS 

St Comgall’s PS 

St James’ PS 

St John the Baptist PS 

St Joseph’s PS (Antrim) 

St Joseph’s PS (Crumlin) 

St Joseph’s PS (Lisburn) 

St Kevin’s PS 

St MacNissi’s PS 

St Malachy’s PS 

St Mary’s, Divis Street 

St Mary’s, Kircubbin 

St Mary’s on the Hill PS 

St Mary’s Star of the Sea PS 

St Matthew’s PS 

St Michael’s PS 

St Nicholas’ PS 

St Oliver Plunkett PS 

St Patrick’s PS 

St Paul’s PS 

St Peter’s PS 

St Teresa’s PS, Glen Road 

St Therese of Lisieux PS 

St Vincent de Paul PS 

Templepatrick PS 

Whiteabbey PS 

Whitehead PS 

  

 If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 5. 

 

5. Applicants who are enrolled at the following ‘main’ feeder primary schools. This group of schools has been determined by analysis of the numbers of girls sent from each school to Dominican College over the last 3 years (no priority will be given to any particular school within this main feeder primary school group); 

 

Ballymacrickett PS 

Cavehill PS 

Gaelscoil Eanna 

Holy Cross Girls’ PS 

Holy Family PS 

Mercy PS 

Our Lady of Lourdes PS 

Our Lady’s PS 

St Bernard’s PS (Glengormley) 

St James’ PS 

St Joseph’s PS (Crumlin) 

St MacNissi’s PS 

St Mary’s on the Hill PS 

St Matthew’s PS 

St Therese of Lisieux PS 


If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 6. 

 

6. Applicants who are the eldest girl of the family to be eligible to apply for admission to Dominican College. This criterion covers only children, and the Board of Governors will treat twins or other multiples as joint eldest. 



Applicants who consider that this criteria applies to them (as the ‘eldest’ girl of the family), must provide a verifying letter written on headed notepaper, and signed by one of the following, who is not a member of the child’s family: 


. Primary school principal 


. Family doctor 


. Parish priest/member of clergy known to the family 



If an applicant has an elder sibling who did not gain entry to Dominican College in previous years due to  applying to Dominican College and not gaining entry, she shall be considered with all eldest girls (evidence must be provided). 

If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 7. 

 

7. If after consideration of the above criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of the initial and subsequent letters of the applicant’s surname followed by the applicant’s forename(s) (as entered on the birth certificate). This letter order will be determined by random selection and verified by the Board of Governors prior to the consideration of the first application. 



If after consideration of this criteria, there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated on the basis of Criteria 8. 

 

8. If after consideration of the above criteria there remain more applicants than places available, places will be allocated by date of birth as identified on the birth certificate presented at registration for the entrance assessment. Priority will be given to the oldest applicant.   



 

*A “sibling” is regarded as a “child of the family”, as defined by DE in circular 2016/15. 

 

Please Note: 

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 with the Transfer Application. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admission criteria is stated on the Transfer Application or uploaded with it. An example of such information includes: whether the child has a sibling currently enrolled at Dominican College or is the eldest girl of the family eligible to transfer to mainstream post-primary education. 

 

DUTY TO VERIFY 

 

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. 

WAITING LIST POLICY 

 

The names of all unsuccessful applicants will be automatically placed on the waiting list. Parents/Guardians should contact the school in writing if they wish their daughter’s name to be removed from the waiting list. 

 

Should a vacancy arise after 18th June 2021, all applications, on the waiting list, for admission to Year 8 including: applications 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 2022. 

 

The school will contact parents in writing if their child gains a place in the school by this method. 

 

Applications and Admissions 

 

Year        2018/19

Admissions No      150

Total Applications All preferences      195

Total Admissions     152*

 


Year        2019/20

Admissions No      160**

Total Applications All preferences      222

Total Admissions     163*

 

Year        2020/21

Admissions No      160**

Total Applications All preferences      200

Total Admissions     160*


 

*includes children who were admitted to the School with a statement of special educational needs. 

** temporary variation granted for admission of an additional 10 places granted. 

Information on grades and admissions in the last three years may be accessed in the school prospectus which is available to view on our website. 

 

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION 

There is no Capital Fee payable, but we ask parents/guardians for a voluntary contribution of £120 per annum (payable at £10 per month if desired) to assist with the provision of additional facilities and equipment. 

 

Admission criteria for Years 9 to 13 can be obtained by contacting the school directly. 

 

 



 



** 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.**