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.

Rainey Endowed School

Rainey Endowed School

Voluntary Grammar School 


79 Rainey Street, 


Co Londonderry 

BT45 5DB 

Telephone: (028) 7963 2478 



Principal: Mr N McClements, BSc (Hons) PGCE PQH 

Chair of Governors: Mrs I Hunter 


Age Range of pupils:     11-19

Admissions Number:   100

Enrolment Number:     700


Visits to the School 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions it is currently not possible to visit the school.  A virtual ‘Open Visit’ has been created and is accessible via the school website. 


School Fee 


Every pupil in the School pays an annual School Fee, currently £150, preferably by Direct Debit.  Fees are reviewed each year.  This is the basis of the School Fund which is used for the benefit of all pupils. 




School Year 2021/2022 


Respective functions of the Board of Governors in relation to Admissions to the School 


1.  General Information 

Rainey Endowed School (“the School”) is a Non-Denominational, Co-educational Voluntary Grammar School seeking to preserve the established character and academic ethos of the School. 


The Board of Governors draws up the Admissions Criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee, which includes the Principal and Vice-Principal, the responsibility for applying these Criteria.  Any reference herein to the term 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. 


The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information written on or submitted with any applicant’s Online Transfer Application.  

Parents/Guardians should note that they will be asked to produce documents verifying information pertinent to the School’s Admissions Criteria, these should be scanned and uploaded with the Online Transfer Application.  Independent evidence, when required, should be provided on headed notepaper and signed by one of the following who is not a member of the applicant’s family:  the pupil’s Primary School Principal; a medical practitioner; a solicitor; a social worker, or a member of the clergy. 


It is important that Parents/Guardians understand that, as stated in the Department of Education’s verification procedures, Circular 2013/24, ‘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’.  


2.  Eligibility and Priority 

For a pupil to be eligible for admission to Year 8 in the School in September 2021, an application in his/her name must be submitted according to the requirements of the Transfer Procedure conducted through the appropriate Education Authority. 


The agreed Admissions Number for entry to Year 8 in September 2021 at the School is 100. 


In selecting pupils for admission, children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to the School will be selected before any child not so resident and proof of residency will be required before completion of the admissions process in September 2021. 


3.  Admissions Procedures to be applied in the event that PPTC tests are disrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions 

In the event that the GL Entrance Assessments have not taken place due to Covid-19 restrictions Section 3 will apply. The Board of Governors will consider for admission into Year 8 in September 2021 initially only those applicants who were registered for the PPTC Entrance Assessments in January 2021 at Rainey Endowed School or any other PPTC Centre.  Applications for admission to the School will be made through the EA Online Transfer Application.   


The following Admissions Criteria will be applied in the order set down: 


3.1 The Board of Governors will consider for admission into Year 8 in September 2021 initially only those applicants who were registered for the PPTC Entrance Assessments in January 2021 at Rainey Endowed School or any other PPTC Centre;   

3.2 Children who name Rainey Endowed School as their First Preference and who have a sibling or other children of the family currently enrolled at the School; 

3.3 Children who have placed Rainey Endowed School as their First Preference;  

3.4 Children who have a sibling or other children of the family currently enrolled at the School; 

3.5 Children who had a child of the family previously enrolled at the School for 2 or more years; 

3.6 Children who are the eldest child or only child of the family who were registered for the PPTC Entrance Assessments in January 2021 at Rainey Endowed School or any other PPTC Centre;  

3.7 Children who are enrolled in one of the contributing Primary Schools listed at Section 5 below.    

3.8 If children are still tied after the application of Admissions Criteria 3.1 – 3.7 above, then priority will be determined amongst them by a method of computerised random selection.  Each child to be considered at this stage will be allocated a random number electronically generated within ‘Microsoft Excel’; the children will then be ranked in order of the random number, with higher numbers having preference.  


When considering which applicants should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the Online Transfer Application.  It is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that all information relevant to the Admissions Criteria of the School is included in the relevant section on the Online Transfer Application and/or is attached to the Online Transfer Application at the time of submission to the School for admission. 


4.  Special Provisions 

Special Provision will be made by the Admissions Sub-Committee for children: 


• Who have received more than half of their primary education outside Northern Ireland; 

• Whose parents/guardians wish them to transfer to the School from schools outside Northern Ireland; 

Parents/Guardians wishing to claim Special Provision should complete and return to the School by 12.00 noon on Friday 12 March 2021, the Application for Special Provision Form, SP1 Form, stating the case for eligibility under this category. This SP1 Form is available on the School’s website or directly from the School.  It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to provide appropriate independent, verifiable, supporting documentary evidence to assist the Admissions Sub-Committee in its deliberations.   


5. Feeder Primary Schools 

The following is a list of contributing Primary Schools to be used in the Admissions Criterion 3.7 above: 





St Mary’s Draperstown 



Mount St Michael’s 

St Mary’s Glenview 


Gaelscoil an Tseanchai 

New Row 

St Mary’s Greenlough 


Gaelscoil Eoghain 


St Mary’s Portglenone 



Phoenix Integrated 

St Oliver Plunkett’s Toome 




St Patrick’s Glen 

Bunscoil Naomh Brid 


Randalstown Central 

St Patrick’s Loup 

Carhill Integrated 

Holy Family 

Rathenraw Integrated 

St Patrick’s Moneymore 


Holy Trinity 

Roundtower Integrated 

St Patrick’s Mullinahoe 



St Brigid’s Mayogall 

St Paul’s Ahoghill  



St Columb’s Desertmartin 

St Peter’s Moortown 



St Columba’s Kilrea  

St Trea’s 



St Columba’s Straw 

Spires Integrated 



St Eoghan’s  




St John Bosco 




St John’s Swatragh 

Windmill Integrated 



St Joseph’s Antrim 



Maine Integrated 

St Joseph’s Killeenan 



St Malachy’s Drumullan 



St Mary’s Bellaghy 




6. Procedures regarding the operation of a Waiting List for Admissions to Year 8 

Rainey Endowed School retains a Waiting List for admission to the School where a place becomes available in Year 8. Parents who wish to have their child considered for admission to the School, in the event of a place becoming available in Year 8, should write to the Principal clearly stating this request.  In the event of a vacancy arising, after 1 September 2021, the above Admissions Criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to these applications only.  The School will contact parents in writing if their child gains a place in the School by this method.  This Waiting List will be in place until 30 June 2022 at which time all names on the Waiting List will be removed. 


Number of Applications and Admissions 


Year      2018/19 

Admissions No.      100

Total Applications All Preferences     150

Total Admissions      112
















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


Admission Criteria for Year 9 onwards will be available on request from the school. 

** 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.**