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.

St Malachy’s College Belfast

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St Malachy’s College Belfast 

Boys’ Grammar     Voluntary Grammar School 


    Celebrating over 180 years as a leading College 


Antrim Road    

Belfast   

BT15 2AE  


Telephone No: 028 9074 8285 

Fax No: 028 9074 1066 

E-mail:correspondent@stmalachys.belfast.ni.sch.uk 

Web-site: www.stmalachyscollege.com 


Principal: Mr P McBride MA, MEd, B.Mus, PGCE, PQH (NI)                 

Chair of Board of Governors:  Sir G Loughran 

  


Age Range: 11-18 

Admission No: 170  

Enrolment No: 1050  

     

OPEN EVENINGS 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are unable to showcase the College through our usual Open Nights. A video, prospectus and information pack are available on our school website, www.stmalachyscollege.com  

 

 

To Parents/Guardians/Carers naming St Malachy’s College as a preference on their child’s Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent. 

 

Under normal circumstances, St Malachy’s College will give preference to, (apart from those who qualify for either the Special Circumstances or Special Provision procedures), those applicants awarded a grade by GL in completing the GL Entrance Assessment or the Supplementary GL Entrance Assessment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following Public Health restrictions, the GL Entrance Assessment and Supplementary GL Entrance Assessment have been cancelled this year. 


Consequently, in these exceptional circumstances and for this year only, our normal entrance criteria have been amended to reflect this. Parents/guardians/carers whose children wish to apply for a Year 8 place in St Malachy’s College should still do so through the normal post primary admissions process as set out by the Education Authority. 

 

 

Special Provision 

Special Provision may be made by the Admissions Committee of the Board of Governors for applicants: 

a)    who are transferring from Primary Schools outside Northern Ireland. 

b)   who have received more than half of their primary education outside Northern Ireland. 

 

1    For those applicants currently in P7 in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland, claims for Special Provision should be made on Form SP1, stating the precise reason why they believe their child is eligible for consideration under Special Provision and attach/upload it with the appropriate evidence to the Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent. This should be completed by 4.00pm on Tuesday 16th March 2021.  

 

2 After this date, claims for Special Provision should be made directly to St Malachy’s College, and the relevant Education Authority Transfer Section notified. The final date for new applications/additional information to be received by EA is no later than 4pm on Monday 12th April 2021.  Form SP1 is available from the College or its website.  

 

Applicants wishing to apply under Special Provision do not need to produce or upload a copy of the PPTC Registration Card. 

 

Information on grades and admissions in the last three years may be accessed in the College Prospectus.  All pupils are asked to pay a Voluntary Contribution (currently £100 per annum). 

 

RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE COLLEGE 


The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Committee, which includes the 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 Admission criteria set out herein. 

 

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

NOTE: IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT/GUARDIAN/CARER OF A PROSPECTIVE PUPIL TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS SUBMITTED, EITHER ON THE ONLINE TRANSFER FORM/APPLICATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT OR TOGETHER WITH THE ONLINE TRANSFER FORM/APPLICATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT, ALL THE INFORMATION REQUIRED TO ENABLE THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO APPLY THE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA OF THE COLLEGE TO THE APPLICATION OF THE PROSPECTIVE PUPIL. ONLY EVIDENCE SUBMITTED EITHER ON THE ONLINE TRANSFER FORM/APPLICATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT OR ATTACHED/UPLOADED WITH THAT FORM AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION TO THE COLLEGE FOR ADMISSION SHALL BE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN THE ALLOCATION OF A PLACE TO THE APPLICANT. 

 

St Malachy’s College will initially consider only those applicants who have been registered to take the GL Entrance Assessment or have been granted Special Provision. A copy of the PPTC Registration Card must be attached/uploaded to the Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent. Applicants wishing to apply under Special Provision do not need to produce or upload a copy of the PPTC Registration Card. 

 

The Board of Governors will not use as a criterion the position of preference given to the College on the Transfer Form/Application i.e. an applicant who has chosen St Malachy’s College in any position on the Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent will be considered equally with those who have put the College first.  

 

ALLOCATION OF PLACES 

St Malachy’s College will give preference to those applicants who have been registered to take the GL Entrance Assessment or have been granted Special Provision.  

 

All pupil’s resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to the College will be selected for admissions before any pupil not so resident.  

 

In order to determine which pupils will be accepted into Year 8, the following criteria will be applied in the order set down: 

 In the event of there being more candidates in any criterion than places available within such criterion priority will be given in descending order to those who indicate on the Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent that they: 

 

a)  were registered to sit the GL Entrance Assessment on 30th January 2021 or were granted Special Provision; 

 

b) are applicants who are siblings of present or past pupils of St. Malachy’s College (names and dates of attendance); 

 

c) are applicants who are the eldest boy of the family eligible to transfer to mainstream post primary education. This criterion covers ‘only’ children and will treat twins or other multiples as joint eldest;  

 

d) are a pupil who is entitled to Free School Meals at the date of application (“entitled to Free School meals” will mean applicants, who at the date on which they have submitted their post-primary Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent, or at any date up to and including 12th April 2021 (not later than 4pm), have communicated within their application that they are listed on the Education Authority register as entitled to Free School Meals); 

 

e) are pupils from the following contributory Primary Schools (not listed in order of preference) 

 

Antrim Primary School, Antrim BT41 4AB 

Ashgrove Primary School, Newtownabbey, BT36 6LJ  

Ballymacricket Primary School, Glenavy, BT29 4NE 

Ballymacward Primary School, Lisburn, BT28 3SU  

Botanic Primary School, Belfast, BT7 1QY 

Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagain, Belfast, BT14 6LA 

Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain, Belfast, BT15 1EZ 

Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, Belfast, BT11 9QS  

Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh, Belfast, BT12 7JL 

Cavehill Primary School, Belfast, BT15 5FG  

Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Belfast, BT17 0TG 

Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, Belfast , BT14 6JQ 

Drumlins Primary School, Ballynahinch,  BT24 8EU 

Forge Integrated Primary School, Belfast, BT7 3HE 

Gaelscoil Eanna, Newtownabbey, BT36 7AU 

Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach, Crumlin, BT29 4LA  

Gaelscoil na bhFal, Belfast, BT12 6AW 

Glengormley Integrated, Newtownabbey, BT36 6HJ   

Harding Memorial, Belfast, BT6 8PZ 

Hazelwood Primary School, Belfast, BT36 7EN  

Holy Child Primary School, Belfast, BT11 8JF 

Holy Cross Boys Primary School, Belfast, BT14 7EX 

Holy Evangelists’ Primary School, Belfast, BT17 ODB 

Holy Family Primary School, Belfast, BT15 2HP  

Holy Rosary Primary School, Belfast, BT7 3DB 

Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast, BT11 8EG  

Mallusk Primary School, Newtownabbey, BT36 4QE 

Mount St Michael PS, Antrim, BT41 2AF 

Our Lady of Lourdes Park Lodge, Belfast, BT15 5GQ 

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Dunmurry , BT17 0RW  

Pond Park Primary School, Lisburn, BT28 3BF 

Sacred Heart Boys Primary School, Belfast, BT14 6HH 

Scoil an Droichid, Belfast, BT7 2EP 

St Aloysius Primary School, Lisburn, BT28 1TB  

St Anne’s Primary School, Belfast, BT10 0NE 

St Bernard’s Primary School, Newtownabbey, BT36 6DW 

St Bride’s Primary School, Belfast, BT9 6FP 

St Clare’s Primary School, Belfast, BT13 2SE  

St Colman’s Primary School, Lisburn, BT27 4QS 

St James’ Primary School, Newtownabbey, BT37 0AS  

St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast, BT11 9EH 

St Joseph’s Primary School, Antrim, BT41 1JZ  

St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff, BT8 8EX 

St Joseph’s Primary School, Crumlin, BT29 4LA 

St Joseph’s Primary School, Holland Drive, Belfast, BT5 6EH 

St Joseph’s Primary School, Slate Street, Belfast, BT12 4LD  

St Kevin’s Primary School, Belfast, BT12 6EN 

St MacNissi’s Primary School, Newtownabbey, BT36 6UE  

St Malachy’s Primary School, Belfast, BT7 2BJ 

St Mary’s on the Hill Primary School, N’abbey, BT36 6JU  

St Mary’s Star of the Sea Primary School, Belfast, BT15 4HL 

St Matthew’s Primary School, Belfast, BT5 4EN  

St Michael’s Primary School, Belfast, BT6 0BW 

St Nicholas’ Primary School, Carrickfergus, BT38 8AU 

St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Belfast, BT11 8AY 

St Patrick’s Primary School, Belfast, BT15 2BN 

St Paul’s Primary School, Belfast, BT12 7NN 

St Peter’s Primary School, Belfast, BT12 4JR  

St Teresa’s Primary School, Belfast, BT11 8BL 

St Therese of Lisieux Primary School, Belfast, BT15 5GF 

St Vincent De Paul’s Primary School, Belfast, BT14 8DP 

Templepatrick Primary School, Ballyclare, BT39 0AQ 

 The Good Shepherd Primary School, Dunmurry, BT17 0PJ 

   

f) in the event of oversubscription at the last criterion, selection for all places remaining in this category will be on the basis of the initial letter of the surname as identified on the birth certificate. The order will be determined by random selection, witnessed by at least three members of the Admissions Committee on a date prior to receipt of transfer applications. 



In the event of surnames beginning with the same letter, the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order using the above randomised selection order. In the event of two or more identical surnames the same alphabetical (randomised) order of the initial of the forenames will be used.  

 

g) should there be over-subscription at the last criterion then other applicants will be selected on the basis of age with the oldest being selected first, established by date of birth as entered on a birth certificate. 

 

 

Please Note: 

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached/uploaded to the Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent.  Parents/Guardians/Carers should ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the Online Transfer Form/Application or its equivalent or attached/uploaded to it.   

 

DUTY TO VERIFY 

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

 

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. 

 

 

WAITING LIST POLICY 

Should a vacancy arise after 18th June 2021 all applications for admission to Year 8 that were initially refused, new applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria above will be applied.  This waiting list will be in place until 30th June 2022.  The College will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the College by this method. 

 

Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list.  Please contact the College if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list. 

 

 

Applications and Admissions 

 

Year     2018/19

Admissions No     150

Total Applications ie. All preferences      260

Total Admissions    150

 

Year     2019/20

Admissions No     170*

Total Applications ie. All preferences      240

Total Admissions    172*

 

Year     2020/21

Admissions No     170**

Total Applications ie. All preferences      249

Total Admissions    174*** 

 

* temporary variation granted for admission of an additional 22 places 

** temporary variation granted for admission of an additional 20 places 

*** total admissions figure includes pupils who had an Admissions/ECB appeal upheld 

 

Criteria for Years 9 and onwards 

 

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.**