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.

Strabane Academy

Strabane Academy                      Boys and Girls Controlled Grammar


61 Derry Road      


Co Tyrone 

BT82 8LD    

Tel No:  028 7188 2578 

Fax No:   028 7188 2988

Principal:  Mr D Hampton B.Ed M.Sc AdvCertEd. PQH (NI)                                                             

Chair of the Board of Governors:  Mrs Mary Smyth  

Age Range 11-18     

Admissions No: 110                                                                            

Enrolment No: 700   

Roll: 568 


Open Evening 


This year we will be holding a Virtual Open Evening which will be posted online at the beginning of Term Two.  


To Parents/Guardians naming Strabane Academy as a preference on your child’s Transfer Application. 

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the admissions criteria have been amended. 

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 to the Transfer Application.  

Parents/Guardians should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the Transfer Application or attached to it.  Examples of such information include; whether your child has a sibling attending the school or is the eldest/only child in the family.  




In the event of the school being oversubscribed the Board of Governors has approved the criteria described below. Decisions are taken by the Board of Governors in consultation with the Admissions Sub-Committee.  Further reference, therefore, to the Board of Governors may imply the Admissions Sub-Committee.   




The Board of Governors has determined that all children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to the School will be selected for admission before any child not so resident. 


The school will not use as a criterion the position of preference given to the school on the Transfer Application; for example, a child who has chosen the school as a second preference school will be considered in the same way as all first preference applicants. 


Admissions Criteria 


This year the all ability entry route will be used and all applicants will be selected with no reference to test scores. If the number of applications is greater than the Admissions Number, the following criteria shall be applied in the order set down below until the point where the admissions number is reached.  


1. Children who have a sibling¹ currently attending the school or who are the eldest² /only child. in the family 

2. Children who are transferring from Controlled Primary Schools 

3. Children who are transferring from Maintained Primary Schools 

4. The age of the child.  This will be alternated each year between eldest child and youngest child with preference this year being given to the eldest child (established by date-of-birth on the Birth Certificate)  


¹ Where applicable "sibling" is defined as another child of the family [Article 2(2) of the Domestic proceedings (Nl) Order 1980] to include, for example, half-brothers and sisters, together with children who are adopted or fostered. 

² Applicants qualify for the eldest criterion if they are the first child of the family eligible to apply for a post primary mainstream school. 

.Twins and other multiples who are eldest in the family are treated as joint eldest children. 


In the event of being over-subscribed in any of the above criteria then selection for places remaining at that stage will be in accordance with the Tie-breaker criterion set out below. 



The age of the child.  This will be alternated each year between eldest child and youngest child with preference this year being given to the eldest child (established by date-of-birth on the Birth Certificate) 


Further tie-breaker 

In the unlikely event, in the tie-breaker criterion of two or more children having the same birthday, children will be selected by establishing a rank order determined on the basis of the alphabetical order of surnames A to Z, using the surname as entered on the Birth Certificate or Adopted Children's Register. 

In the event that two or more such children have identical surnames then the rank order will be determined on the basis of the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames (as entered on the birth certificate). In the event of the matter not being resolved using the above methods children will be selected by establishing a rank order determined on the basis of the order as detailed below: 


Z   K   L   O   E   Q   R   A   T   W   Mc   Y   C   F   V   N   X   B   P   I   U   M   S   Mac   D   G   H   J   



Special Educational Needs 


The procedures for children in receipt of a Statement of Special Educational Needs will operate outside the normal enrolment procedures in order to ensure that such children are provided with the most appropriate school placement. Further advice may be obtained from the Education Authority as appropriate. 


Admissions to Year 8 following completion of the Transfer Procedure 

Should the Board of Governors determine that a child who has arrived in Northern Ireland after the Transfer Process has been concluded is suitable for admission and our Admissions Number has been reached, it will seek approval from the Department of Education to admit the child through the allocation of an additional place.  


Parents/Guardians who wish to have their child considered for admission in the event of a place arising after the beginning of the school year should write to the Principal stating this. An acknowledgement will be issued. If any place(s) become available after 1 September 2021 and there are more applicants than places available, then decisions will be made on application of the Year 8 Admissions Criteria to those children seeking admission at the time the place(s) become available. When the Board of Governors considers that the admission of the child would prejudice the efficient use of resources it may refuse admission.  


It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that all information on the above relevant factors is given on the child’s Transfer Application and in documents attached thereto. 




Those making applications 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 Application Form/Transfer Form. 

This information will be requested from those whose applications have been successful on or shortly after Saturday 19 June 2021 when they have been notified of their allocation of a place at the school. Those making applications 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. 





Year      2018/19 

Admissions No.      110

Total Applications   All Preferences    91

Total Admissions     87


Year      2019/20 

Admissions No.      110

Total Applications   All Preferences    100

Total Admissions     100 


Year      2020/21 

Admissions No.      110

Total Applications   All Preferences    129

Total Admissions     119* 


*Temporary Variation granted 




Applications should be made in writing, to the school using the relevant application form obtainable from the school (AP1 form).  All those seeking admission will be required to provide reports from their present school. 


The admissions criteria for the above Year groups is available upon request from the school office. 


Following receipt of an application, the school will advise as to the next steps to be taken and subsequently provide written notification of any decision to admit the pupil or otherwise. 

** 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.**