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.

Larne Grammar School

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Larne Grammar School 

Voluntary Grammar School 

(Non-Denominational) 


4-6 Lower Cairncastle Road 

Larne 

BT40 1PQ 


Telephone: 028 2827 2791 

Fax No: 028 2827 5022 

Email: info@larnegrammar.larne.ni.sch.uk 

Website: www.larnegrammar.org.uk 


Principal: Mr J Wylie BA PGCE MSc PQH (NI)  

Chairperson of the Board of Governors: Mr R Logan BA MA DipEd DASE 


 Age Range of Pupils:     11-18

Admissions Number:      110

Enrolment Number:     735


 

Arrangements to visit. Open Nights: Please note that, in the light of Department of Education guidance to schools, Larne Grammar School will not be holding physical open days this academic year. Information on the school can be found on the school website  - www.larnegrammar.org.uk  

  

TO PARENTS / GUARDIANS naming Larne Grammar School (hereinafter referred to as ‘the School’) as a preference on your child’s Online Transfer Application 

  

The Board of Governors of Larne 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 the Common Entrance Assessment administered by the Association for Quality Education (AQE), alternative criteria outlined below have been adopted. These contingency admissions criteria will apply for the September 2021 intake only. 

  

Special Provisions 

Parents/guardians making a claim for their child to be considered under Special Provisions should read carefully the information given in the relevant section below. 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 their child is eligible for consideration under Special Provisions and upload it, with appropriate evidence, to the online Transfer Application.  

Please note that parents/guardians are required to upload with the online application all such material as they consider will assist the Admissions Committee in determining if Special Provisions apply. 

 

 

FEES 

The School charges an annual Capital Fee of £100 per pupil (pupils in receipt of free school meals are exempt from the Capital Fee and a sibling discount of £40 per child applies) and requests a Voluntary School Fund Contribution of £80 per pupil per year (subject to annual review). 

 

A. ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY OF PUPILS TO YEAR 8 (FORM 1) IN SEPTEMBER 2021 

 

1 General 

1.1 The Board of Governors delegates the selection of pupils for admission to the School Admissions Committee, consisting of at least three members of the Board of Governors, the Principal (or his appointed Deputy) and one other member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team. 


1.2 The Board of Governors of the School will not use as a criterion the position of preference given to the School on the online Transfer Application, i.e. a child who has chosen Larne Grammar School in any position on the online Transfer Application will be considered equally with those who have put the School first.  


1.3 It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make sure that all relevant information is made available to the School either on or uploaded with the onlineTransfer Application. When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or uploaded with the online 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 online Transfer Application or uploaded with it. Parents should note that the information contained within an online application that qualifies the child for admission will require to be verified. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines as set by the School can result in the withdrawal of a place.  


1.4 Where applicable, ‘sibling’ is defined as another child of the family [Article 2(2) of the Domestic Proceedings (NI) Order 1980], to include: adopted/fostered children, half-brothers and sisters and orphaned cousins being brought up with a family. 


1.5 Where applicable, ‘Eldest Child of the Family’ will be defined as children who at the date of their online application, are the eldest child of the family to be eligible to apply for admission to the school. This will include: 

. twins (or other multiples), who will be treated as joint eldest; 

. children who are more than seven years younger than their next sibling; 

. children who are the eldest child of the family eligible to transfer to a mainstream post-primary school; 

. children who have moved to reside within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council or Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council areas, in the current academic year, and so are the eldest child eligible to attend Larne Grammar School. 

. Parents/guardians should provide relevant information should they believe their child falls within one of these categories, either on or uploaded with the online Transfer Application. 


 

2 If the School is over-subscribed, the following criteria for entry will apply, in the order stated: 


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


2.2 The Board of Governors will then consider children who registered and remained registered to sit the 2020/21 Common Entrance Assessment (“CEA”) administered by the Association for Quality Education (“AQE”), subject only to the consideration of those children whose parents/guardians are claiming Special Provisions as defined below. The AQE candidate number must be entered on the online application and, if available, the AQE Registration Letter or the AQE Examination Card should be uploaded with the online Transfer Application. 


2.3 If, following the application of Criterion 2.2, the School is still over-subscribed, then the places will be allocated using the following criteria, in the order stated: 


i children who have a sibling currently enrolled or accepted for admission in the School [state name(s) and Tutor Group(s)] (see 1.4);  

ii children who are the eldest child of the family to transfer to a Post-Primary School (see 1.5); 


iii children who, at the date of their application, reside within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council or Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council areas; 


iv children enrolled, at the time of application, in one of the following primary schools (listed alphabetically): 


Ballycarry 

Islandmagee 

St. MacNissi’s (Larne) 

Ballyclare 

Larne & Inver 

St. Nicholas’ (Carrickfergus) 

Ballynure 

Linn 

Toreagh 

Cairncastle 

Mossley 

Whitehead 

Corran Integrated 

Moyle 

Woodburn 

Fairview 

Olderfleet 

Glynn 

St. Anthony’s (Larne) 

  

  

Children enrolled, at the time of application, in one of the following primary schools (listed alphabetically): 


Acorn Integrated 

 Kilbride Central 

 St. John’s (Carnlough) 

 

Carnalbanagh 

 Mossgrove 

 Straid 

 

Carnmoney 

 Oakfield 

 Tildarg 

 

Carrickfergus Central 

 Our Lady of Lourdes 

 Victoria 

 

Carrickfergus Model 

 Parkgate 

 Whitehouse 

 

Doagh 

 Seaview (Glenarm) 

 Woodlawn 

 

Greenisland 

 Silverstream 

  

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vi If, following the application of the above criteria, the number of applicants still exceeds the number of available places (110), applicants will be ranked for acceptance on the basis of a computer-based process which will make use of the names of applicants as shown on their online Transfer Application. 

The process is carried out by means of a computer program which, for each applicant, generates a ranking number using the details from the online Transfer Application as the seed for a random number generator. The outcome, for any given applicant, is dependent only on the applicant’s name (as shown   on the online Transfer Application), and is not affected by the details of any other applicant. Although the process is repeatable, and the results may therefore be subsequently verified, it is not possible to predict, in advance of running the program, what the result will be for any given set of details. Applicants with the lowest ranking numbers will be given places up to the number of places available. 

Further details may be obtained from the Principal. 

3. If there are still places available after consideration of all the children who have registered to sit the 2020/21 AQE CEA, and remained registered at the date the test was due to take place, the School Admissions Committee will consider for admission any children who do not qualify for consideration under Criterion 2.2. These children will be allocated to the remaining places up to the School’s Admission Number using the criteria outlined above in 2.3 in the order set out. 

 

SPECIAL PROVISIONS 

Special Provisions will apply to children who fall into any one of the following categories and who, as a consequence, have NOT made an application to sit the AQE Common Entrance Assessment: 

(a) Children whose parents/guardians wish them to transfer from schools outside Northern Ireland; 


(b) Children who moved to Northern Ireland after the conclusion of the AQE registration process (i.e. after 9 October 2020); 


(c) Children who have received more than half 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 online Transfer Application. Parents/guardians who are applying for Special Provisions under category a) must do so by 4pm on 12 April 2021. 

In each case, it will be the responsibility of the parents/guardians to provide the Admissions Committee with evidence which supports the claim for Special Provisions.   

 

The School Admissions Committee will consider the application for Special Provisions before the application of any of the Admissions Criteria. Where Special Provisions is granted, the child will be included under Criterion 2.2 of the Admissions Criteria. 

 

DUTY TO VERIFY 

 

Parents/Guardians should note that the information contained within an application that qualifies the child for admission will be verified.  

 

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

This information will be requested from successful children shortly after they have been notified of their allocation of a place at the School. 

 

Parents should also note the provision of false information 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 of the school to offer a place. 

 

B. ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY OF PUPILS TO YEAR 8 (FORM 1) FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE TRANSFER PROCEDURE 

 

The school’s policy on the consideration of applications after the Transfer Procedure concludes in June 2021 is available directly from the school or can be accessed on the school website at www.larnegrammar.org.uk 

 

Should a vacancy arise after the completion of the Transfer Procedure in June 2021 all applications for admission to Year 8 that were initially refused, new applications, late 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 30 June of the year following application.  

 

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

 

The names of all applicants will be automatically added to the list. Parents/guardians should contact the School if they wish for their child’s name to be removed from the list. 

 

If the application is made by a child who arrived in Northern Ireland after the transfer process has been concluded and the School Admissions Committee determines that the child is suitable to be admitted, the School will then seek Department of Education approval to admit the child as an additional place. If such approval is given, the child will be admitted. 

 

 

Number of Applications and Admissions 

 

Year       2018/19 

 Admissions No.      110

 Total Applications All Preferences     137

 Total Admissions     110

 

Year       2019/20 

 Admissions No.      110

 Total Applications All Preferences     145

 Total Admissions     110 

 

Year       2020/21

 Admissions No.      110

 Total Applications All Preferences     113

 Total Admissions     110

 

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

 

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY OF PUPILS TO YEARS 9, 10, 11 OR 12 in 2021/22 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

 

Those wishing to apply for entry to Year 9 - Year 12 must make formal application each year using the School Application Form and provide the most recent reports from their present school. Full details, including the School Application Form, may be obtained by writing to the Principal's Secretary, Larne Grammar School, 4-6 Lower Cairncastle Road, Larne, BT40 1PQ. 

 

Following receipt of an application, the School will advise parents in writing, by the eleventh working day following the receipt of the School Application Form, of any decision to admit the child or otherwise.  Children will be called to interview on the basis of any educational attainment evidence presented (and attached to the School Application Form) by the parents/guardians. This evidence should indicate academic attainment which is compatible with the demands and requirements made upon the year group they wish to enter. This material may include any or all of the following:  

 

i)    The score awarded by AQE in the CEA or the transfer grade awarded by GL or the transfer grade awarded by CCEA; 

ii)   School reports indicating the results for the child of any tests/examinations conducted in Post-Primary Education; 

iii)   Any other relevant material. 

In the event that a place subsequently becomes available, it should be noted that those who have applied previously, but have failed to obtain a place in the School, will be placed on a reserve list until 30 June 2022, at which time their application is deemed to have elapsed. 

 

The Board of Governors has approved the criteria described below and has delegated the task of applying these criteria to the Principal. 

 

1 Criteria for admission for applicants 



 

1.1 There MUST be places available in the year group being applied for, conditional upon places being available within classes to support appropriate subject choices and Department of Education guidelines regarding class size, subject to an overall enrolment number of 735. 




 

1.2 If the number of applications is greater than can be admitted within the School Enrolment Number, or within a particular Year group, the following criteria will be applied in the order stated: 




 

(i) children 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, will be considered before other children. (A satisfactory attendance rate would be 90% or higher). In the case of children whose attendance may have been affected by clearly documented medical or other problems, the Principal is empowered, in extenuating 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; 



 

(ii) children whose applications have been received on or before 1 June 2021 and applications received after this date from children who have recently moved into the area (*see below) will be considered before other children; 



 

(iii) children will be ranked on the basis of a scored interview to include attainment, effort, extra-curricular contribution, disciplinary record and motivation.  It should be noted that the interview process will take into account any educational attainment evidence, including the most recent school report, presented prior to or at the interview. 



 

2 If more than one child is eligible for the last remaining place(s) because they have equal scores, then the final place(s) will be allocated using the following criteria, in the order stated: 



 

(i) children who have a sibling currently enrolled in the School [state name(s) and Tutor Group(s)] 

(ii) children who are the eldest child in the family to transfer to a Post-Primary School. 

(iii) applicants will be ranked for acceptance on the basis of a computer-based process which will make use of the names of applicants as shown on their School Application Forms. 

The process is carried out by means of a computer program which, for each applicant, generates a ranking number using the details from the School Application Form as the seed for a random number generator.  The outcome, for any given applicant, is dependent only on the applicant’s name (as written on the School Application Form), and is not affected by the details of any other applicant.  Although the process is repeatable, and the results may therefore be subsequently verified, it is not possible to predict, in advance of running the program, what the result will be for any given set of details.  Applicants with the lowest ranking numbers will be given places up to the number of places available. Further details may be obtained from the Principal. 

 

*Moving to the area from a distance of greater than 20 miles from the School as measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the child’s home to the front entrance of the School’s main administrative building.  Home will be taken to mean the child’s address appearing at the commencement of the School Application Form. 

 

Should a vacancy arise following the 1st September in the year of proposed admission, all applicants for admission to Years 9-12 that were initially refused, new applications, late 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 30 June of the year following application.  

 

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

 

The names of all applicants will be automatically added to the list. Parents/guardians should contact the School if they wish for their child’s name to be removed from the list. 

 

THE VERIFICATION OF INFORMATION PROVIDED 

 

Parents/Guardians should note that the information contained within an application that qualifies the child for admission may be verified. 

 

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

 

Parents should also note the provision of false information or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of the School to offer a place. 

 

 



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