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.

Loreto College Omagh

Loreto College Omagh   Girls Voluntary Grammar School 

James Street    


Co Tyrone 

BT78 1DL 

Telephone: 028 8224 3633 

Fax: 028 8225 1143


Principal: Mrs S Cullinan                                                                                                                    

Chairperson of the Board of Governors: Ms Mary Murnaghan

Age Range 11 – 18                                                                                                                                  Admissions No: 125 

Enrolment No: 890 

Roll: 875 


Loreto Grammar School, Omagh, is a Catholic Grammar School for girls 11-18 years.  This school wishes to accept girls whose parents/guardians are in agreement with the Philosophy and Aims of the school. 

This school has emphasis on academic achievement within a broad curriculum and each pupil will be supported to achieve her best. 

Due to the impact of Covid-19, and for one year, academic selection criteria will not be used for admissions to the school in Sept 2021 

In accordance with the 1997 Education Northern Ireland Order (Section 16 (4)) Loreto Grammar School, Omagh has been directed to select for admission all children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission before any child not so resident may be selected for admission. 



The Board of Governors sets the admissions criteria and has delegated the responsibility for applying these criteria to the Transfer Sub-Committee which includes the Principal. 


Virtual Open Night – TBC January 2021 at 5:30 – 8:30pm.  

To Parents/Guardians naming Loreto Grammar School, Omagh as a Preference on your child’s Transfer Application. 




 If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, then the following criteria will be applied sequentially in the order set down below until all available places are allocated: 

1. Girls who name Loreto Grammar School as 1st Preference on the Transfer application. 

2. Girls who at the date of their application have another girl of the family currently enrolled at the school or have been selected for admission to the school in September 2021.   

3. Girls who are the first girl in the family eligible to transfer to mainstream Post-Primary education.  

4. Girls whose sibling is a past pupil of the school. The name of the sibling (including maiden name, if applicable) must be submitted along with the dates she attended the school. 

5. Girls entitled to Free School Meals at the date on which the parent has submitted the Transfer application.  

6. The final places will be awarded using Computerised Random Selection. 

The phrase “girls of the family”:  includes girls who e.g. are siblings, half-sisters, fostered, adopted children.  

The phrase “first girl in the family” includes twins, or other multiple births. 



The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any Transfer application. Original documents are required and not facsimiles or photocopies. 


It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure: 

. The Transfer application is correctly completed. 

. The provision of any required verification documents within specified deadlines. 

The submission of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide any requested verifying documents within the deadline set by Loreto Grammar School, Omagh will result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of the school to offer a place. 

Parents/Guardians are advised to retain a copy of all documentation.  


 Year 8 Waiting List Policy 

In the event that there are more applications than places at the school, all unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list ranked in the order that was established following the application of the admissions criteria for September 2021 set out above. 

New applicants to the school after the Transfer process has been completed will be added to the waiting list below the last girl on the waiting list.  

Applications made for the Year 8 academic year will be considered only for entry in that year. Thereafter, applicants will be required to make a new application for any subsequent year. 




Year       2018/19

Admissions No.      125

Total Applications All Preferences    146

Total Admissions     129


Year       2019/20

Admissions No.      125

Total Applications All Preferences    171

Total Admissions     128


Year       2020/21

Admissions No.      125

Total Applications All Preferences    132

Total Admissions     *130


*includes 4 TV / 1 SEN 



** 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.**