top of page

NI Grammar School Admission criteria for
September 2022
These details will be updated in January 2024.

Admission criteria for grammar schools in Northern Ireland for entrance in September 2022 have changed.

In the autumn term of 2021-2022 school year the Transfer Test - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has was used as part of the admissions policy for entry into year 8 by many schools. However some schools decided not to use either the AQE or GL (PPTC) Transfer Test and so those schools have developed new admission criteria for entry into Year 8 in September 2022.

These Grammar School admission 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 2022.
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 2022.

Dominican College Portstewart



Strand Road,

Portstewart BT55 7PF

Telephone: 028 70832715

Fax: 028 70834807



Principal: Ms R Ronan BSc, MSc

Chairperson of the Board of Governors: Mr Michael Fleming BA

Voluntary Grammar School   (Denominational)

Age Range of Pupils:   11-18

Admissions Number:    100

Enrolment Number:   675

OPEN NIGHT will be held virtually in January 2022

Fees & Charges

The school has no Capital Fee. Parents are invited to make a Voluntary Contribution of £100 per pupil.


Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to the school

The Board of Governors is the relevant admissions authority for Dominican College, Portstewart (“the College”). The Board of Governors draws up and approves the Admissions Criteria and delegates to a Selection Sub-committee responsibility for considering all applications for admission to Year 8.

Any reference to the term ‘the Board of Governors’ within these Admissions Criteria includes the Selection Sub-committee nominated and approved by the Board of Governors, for the purposes of applying the Admissions Criteria set out in this document.

The Board of Governors has agreed that in the event that the number of applications for places at the College exceeds the College Admissions Number of 100, the criteria set out below will be used.

Pupils resident in N. Ireland at the time of their application will be considered before any pupil not so resident.

It is the responsibility of parent(s)/guardian(s) to ensure that all the information required by the College, accompanies the Transfer application. Failure to provide the required information may result in the College being unable to consider the application.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should note that they must attach documents verifying information pertinent to the College’s Admission Criteria to the online application. Where the Board of Governors has a general knowledge or belief of a problem relating to false or incorrect information the College will take action to ensure that no pupil gains a place through use of such information.

For admission for 2022/23

Pupils will be admitted in the following order until 100 places have been filled in total:-

1 Preference will be given to all children who give Dominican College as their 1st preference school on the application form.

2 Where selection has to be made between pupils after application of criterion 1, the following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down until all places are filled:-

(a) Pupils who have a child of the family* currently enrolled in the College

(b) Pupils who do not fulfil criterion (a) but had a child of the family* enrolled in the College for 2 or more years.

(c) Pupils who are the first or only child in a family.

(d) Pupils who have a parent who is currently a permanent member of staff at Dominican College Portstewart.

(e) Pupils who have a parent* who was enrolled at the College for 2 or more years.

(f) (i) Pupils who are from the following Primary Schools, St Colum’s Primary School Portstewart, Portstewart Primary School or St Patrick’s Primary School Portrush.

(ii) Pupils who are from other Traditional Feeder Primary Schools**.

(g) The age of the pupil as entered on the birth certificate - preference being given to the older pupil(s).

* Full name(s) and dates must be given.

** Traditional Feeder Primary School is defined as one from which one or more pupils have transferred to Dominican College within the last 7 school years (i.e. after 30th June 2015) This information is available from the school office.

Verification of all Information

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on the Transfer application or appended to the Transfer application by parent(s)/guardian(s).

The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide any requested verifying documents within the deadline set by the College will result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of the school to offer a place.

The responsibility to ensure that:

• the Transfer application and other necessary documentation is correctly completed;

• any required verification documents are provided within specified deadlines,

lies with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child. Failure to ensure that this occurs will lead to the application not being considered by the Board of Governors and/or the withdrawal of a place in the College.


Parents who wish to have their child considered for admission in the event of a place arising after 1 September 2022 should write to the Principal clearly stating this. In the event of a vacancy arising, the above criteria will be applied to these applications.

Number of Applications and Admissions

Year   2019/20

Admissions No.   100

Total Applications All Preferences   129

Total Admissions   101

Year   2020/21

Admissions No.   100

Total Applications All Preferences   124

Total Admissions   100

Year   2021/22

Admissions No.   100

Total Applications All Preferences   132

Total Admissions   100

This table does not include children who were admitted to the school with a statement of special educational needs.


Admissions criteria for year 9-12 will be available from the school office.

** 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.**

bottom of page