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NI Grammar School Admission criteria for
September 2022
These details have been updated.

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.

Rainey Endowed 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 


Voluntary Grammar School 


Age Range of pupils:     11-19

Admissions Number:   100

Enrolment Number:     700


Visits to the School

A limited number of Taster Tours have been organised for Thursday 13 January, 2022, strictly by appointment only. A P6 or P7 pupil accompanied by one parent only can book a tour of the school. In addition, a virtual ‘Open Visit’ has been created and is accessible via the school website.


Entrance Assessment Results:

Rainey Endowed School intends to use the combined standardised age score obtained by pupils completing the GL Entrance Assessments in English and Mathematics on 13 November 2021 or the Supplementary GL Entrance Assessments in English and Mathematics on 11 December 2021.

Please ensure that you upload the following information on your child’s Online Transfer Application:

1. The name of the Assessment Centre where your child sat the GL Entrance Assessments.

2. The combined Standardised Age Score provided by GL Assessment for your child.

Please upload to your child’s Online Transfer Application, a scanned copy of the GL Assessment Results Slip, provided by the Assessment Centre where your child sat the GL Entrance Assessments.

Claim for Special Circumstances or Special Provision: Special Circumstances

Registration of a claim for Special Circumstances should be submitted to the Assessment Centre where the pupil took his/her Entrance Assessments by 2.00 pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 using the SCR Form contained in the Special Circumstances Pack which is available from the Rainey Endowed School website.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians claiming Special Circumstances to ensure that all appropriate independent, verifiable, supporting documentary evidence to corroborate the claim for Special Circumstances, along with the completed Claim for Special Circumstances Form, SC1 Form, are uploaded to the pupil’s Online Transfer Application in February 2022 at the time when an application is being made to Rainey Endowed School.

Special Provision

Claims for Special Provision should be made on Form SP1 and uploaded to your child’s Online Transfer Application. Form SP1 is available from the Rainey Endowed School website. After the Online Transfer Application process closes, Parents/Guardians wishing to claim Special Provision should forward a copy of Form SP1 directly to Rainey Endowed School and EA by 12 noon on Wednesday 23 February 2022.

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 2022/2023

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 2022, 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 2022 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 2022.

3. Admissions Procedures

After the GL Entrance Assessments are completed, pupils will be placed in a single list based on their performance in terms of a combined standardised age score in the GL Entrance Assessments. Those with the highest combined standardised age score will be at the top of the list, which will therefore be in rank order of merit. On the basis of the combined standardised age score, pupils will be admitted in rank order of combined standardised age score, up to the School’s Admissions Number. Applications for admission to the School will be made through the EA Online Transfer Application.

Where two or more children have an identical combined standardised age score and insufficient places remain to admit both or all of them, then the following Admissions Criteria will be applied in the order set down:

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

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

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

3.4 Children who are the eldest child or only child of the family*;

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

3.6 If children are still tied after the application of Admissions Criteria 3.1 – 3.5 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 an electronically generated random number; the children will then be ranked in order of the random number, with higher numbers having preference.

*Child/Children of the family – as defined by Department of Education Circular 2016/15 (Revised 16 November 2021)

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;

• Children who because of an unforeseen and serious medical or other problem, which is supported by appropriate independent, verifiable, documentary evidence, were unable to take the GL Entrance Assessments.

Parents/Guardians wishing to claim Special Provision should complete and return to the School by 12 noon on Wednesday 23 February, 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:



Mount St Michael’s

St Mary’s Bellaghy



New Row

St Mary’s Draperstown


Gaelscoil an Tseanchai


St Mary’s Glenview


Gaelscoil Eoghain

Phoenix Integrated

St Mary’s Greenlough




St Mary’s Portglenone



Randalstown Central

St Oliver Plunkett’s Toome

Bunscoil Naomh Brid


Rathenraw Integrated

St Patrick’s Glen

Carhill Integrated

Holy Family

Roundtower Integrated

St Patrick’s Loup


Holy Trinity

Sacred Heart, Rock

St Patrick’s Moneymore



St Brigid’s Mayogall

St Patrick’s Mullinahoe



St Canice’s Feeny

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



Maine Integrated

St John’s Swatragh

Windmill Integrated



St Joseph’s Antrim




St Joseph’s Killeenan



St Malachy’s Drumullan

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 2022, 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 2023 at which time all names on the Waiting List will be removed.

Number of Applications and Admissions

Year    2019/20

Admissions No.    100

Total Applications All Preferences    147

Total Admissions    117

Year    2020/21

Admissions No.    100

Total Applications All Preferences    144

Total Admissions    114

Year    2021/22

Admissions No.    100

Total Applications All Preferences    144

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.**

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