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.

The Royal School Dungannon

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The Royal School Dungannon

Voluntary Grammar 

Non-Denominational Boys and Girls 


2 Ranfurly Road 

DUNGANNON 

BT71 6EG 

Telephone: Dungannon (028) 8772 2710 

Fax: Dungannon (028) 8775 2845 

Email: acullen583@c2kni.net 

Web: www.royaldungannon.com 


Headmaster: Dr D A Burnett, BA, PhD, NPQH 

Chairman of the Board of Governors:  Dr G Walsh 


Age 11 - 18 

Boarding and Day 

Enrolment Sept 2020:                                    662 

Expected Enrolment Sept 2021:                   673 

Approved Admissions Number for 2021:     100 

Approved Enrolment Number for 2021:   675      

 


To Parents/Guardians naming the Royal School Dungannon as a Preference on your child’s online Transfer Application.

 

RSD usually holds Open Morning visits in January for P7 parents and pupils and an Open Evening in February for P6 parents and pupils but these are not permitted under current Department of Education Covid-19 guidance. RSD will therefore be providing information and virtual tours online this year via the RSD website and social media. Visit https://www.royaldungannon.com/  

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY OF PUPILS TO YEAR 8 IN SEPTEMBER 2021 

The Royal School Dungannon (‘the School’) is a voluntary grammar and boarding school for boys and girls offering a broad curriculum of academic courses and a strong commitment to extra-curricular activities. The Board of Governors of the School has delegated to its Admissions Committee, including the Principal, the responsibility of applying its admissions criteria to identify which children are to be admitted to the School in Year 8. 


The Admissions Committee will initially consider applications for boarding. All boarding applications should be made direct to the School, which will be the main information point for parents regarding boarding applications and procedures. The Admissions Committee will then consider all other applications, as set out in section 3. 


The Admissions Committee will not use as a criterion the position of preference given to the school by the applicant on the online Transfer Application. For example, a pupil who has chosen the Royal School Dungannon as a second, third or fourth preference school will be considered in the same manner as a pupil who has chosen the school as his or her first preference. 


The Royal School Dungannon has an Admissions number of 100 pupils. Up to a maximum of 8 of these places will be available each year for boarding pupils. 


In selecting children for admission for places, children who are 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 Admissions Committee of the Board of Governors reserves the right to require additional information or evidence, for example educational information, to determine, support or verify information on the online Transfer Application or matters appended to it. 


The provision of false 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. On the issue of verification of information, the School will apply Department of Education guidance. 


From September 1990 parents of all pupils admitted to the Royal School Dungannon (except in the case of pupils who are not resident in the UK or Ireland) will not be required to pay tuition fees. Capital and Consolidation fees still apply. A Capital Fee (currently £70.00 per annum) and a Consolidated Charge, known as the School Fund (currently £80.00 per annum for the first child and £40.00 for a second child and with no charge for other siblings), are charged in regard to all pupils, with the exception of pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals and who are thus exempt from these fees. 


SECTION 1 - SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS 

The procedures for allocating a school place to pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) operate outside the open enrolment procedures so as to ensure that such children are provided with the most appropriate school placement and their needs are met. Please contact the Education Authority for information.  


SECTION 2 - RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL 

The Board of Governors of the School has delegated to its Admissions Committee, including the Principal, the responsibility of applying its Admissions Criteria to identify which children are to be admitted to the School in Year 8. 


SECTION 3 - APPLICATION OF THE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 

The Admissions Criteria will be applied in the order listed below until all places for entry into Year 8 have been allocated. Decisions taken about how Admissions Criterion 1 should be applied to each child will be taken solely on the basis of the information provided to the School. Decisions taken about how Admissions Criteria 2(i) to 2(viii) should be applied to each child will be taken solely on the basis of the information provided on, or uploaded with the online Transfer Application.  


1. Up to a maximum of 8 boarding places will be allocated from the admissions total of 100. All pupils applying for a boarding place must be resident at the time of their admission to the School. All pupils applying for a boarding place must provide appropriate evidence to the Admissions Committee in order to establish his or her suitability to benefit from a grammar school education in a boarding environment. Pupils applying for a boarding place should indicate such on the online Transfer Application. The Admissions Committee shall review the educational evidence provided and, if satisfied that the applicant would benefit from a grammar school education in a boarding environment, an offer of admission will be made (subject to residency).

 

2. The remaining places from the Admissions total of 100 will be allocated to pupils on the basis of the following criteria in the priority order set out below. 

 

i. Pupils who were registered by AQE to sit the Common Entrance Assessment in January 2021 or moved to Northern Ireland after 8th January 2021 (details to be supplied). 


ii. Pupils who have a child of the family, at the time of application, currently attending or who previously attended the school (details to be supplied); or pupils who are the eldest child in the family eligible to apply for admission to Year 8. 


iii. Pupils who, at the time of application, have a parent/guardian who is a member of the permanent teaching or non-teaching staff of RSD. 


iv. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals. 


v. Pupils with a parent or guardian who is a former pupil of the Royal School Dungannon or the former Dungannon High School for Girls (name and date of attendance to be supplied).  


vi. Pupils who, at the time of application, are the first boy or first girl of the family (details to be supplied). 


vii. Pupils ranked by the initial letter of surname (and if necessary, subsequent letters), as entered on the birth certificate, in the order set out below: 


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


. Children will be selected for admission on the basis of the initial letter of the surname as it appears on the birth certificate. 


. Where surnames begin with the same letter, the second and, if necessary, subsequent letters will be used to establish relative priority for admission. 



. Where children have the same surname, the initial letter of the first forename as it appears on the birth certificate will be used for admission. 


. Where the first forenames begin with the same letter, the second and, if necessary, subsequent letters will be used to establish relative priority for admission. 


. Where no priority can be established by means of this comparison the child with the shorter first forename will be prioritised for admission. 


. In the event that two or more children have identical surnames and forenames then the oldest pupil shall be admitted first (established by date of birth as entered on the birth certificate). 


viii. The School wishes to continue its tradition of accepting children from a wide catchment area, irrespective of the proximity of their homes from the School. If, however, after the above criteria have been exhausted it becomes necessary to make a final selection, priority will be given to the child whose home is closer to the School. Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the child’s home to the front entrance of the School’s main administrative building. Home will be taken to mean the child’s address appearing at the commencement of the online Transfer Application. 


 

NOTES 

a. The School emphasises that it is the responsibility of the applicants to notify the School on the online Application where the above criteria apply, including submission of a copy of the child’s birth certificate, a copy of their AQE examination card or registration letter if applicable and evidence that the applicant moved to Northern Ireland after 8th January 2021. 

 

b. The Admissions Committee will consist of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and up to four other members of the Board of Governors, the Headmaster and up to two members of the School’s Senior Leadership Team. 

 

c. The definition of “child of the family” is that of the Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DE) which includes, for example, half-brothers and sisters, and children who are fostered or adopted. The definition of “eldest” includes ‘only’ children and twins and other multiples who are considered as joint eldest. A pupil will be considered as the eldest child if, at the date of his or her application, he or she is, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, the eldest child of the family eligible to apply for admission to the school, including: in cases where a child is more than 7 years younger than their next sibling; cases where a family has moved residence; or cases where an older sibling is not in mainstream education (for example attends a special school). 


d. The definition of “previously attended the school” is for a minimum of one full academic year at secondary level. 

 

e. The definition of “former pupil” is a pupil who attended either the Royal School Dungannon or the former Dungannon High School for Girls for a minimum of one full academic year at secondary level. 

 

f. The definition of “entitled to Free School Meals” is children who are listed on the Education Authority register as entitled to Free School Meals at the date on which their parent or guardian has signed their online post-primary Application, or at any date up to the final date of application for FSM published by the Department of Education (NI). 

 

g. All applications for admission to Year 8 that were initially refused will be automatically added to the waiting list. New applications and applications where new information has been provided will also be added to the waiting list. All applications will be treated equally and the published Year 8 criteria applied. This waiting list will operate after placement letters have been received by parents/pupils until the end of the following academic year, that is, the end of Year 8. Please contact the school if you wish your child’s name to be removed from the list. Should a place become available for your child by this method, the school will contact you. Waiting lists are also maintained for other Years and applications should be made in writing using the application form available on the school website or from reception. 

 

The School places a strong emphasis on a pupil’s willingness to participate in the broader life of the School, such as sports (including Saturday games), music, drama and a large number of clubs and societies and all those applying for admission should be willing to support the School’s ethos of active involvement in the life of the School.   

 

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS TO YEAR 8 

 

Year       2018/19 

Admissions No      93

Total Applications All Preferences     113

Total Admissions    95*

 


Year       2019/20 

Admissions No      93

Total Applications All Preferences     111

Total Admissions    95*

 

Year       2019/20 

Admissions No      100

Total Applications All Preferences     135

Total Admissions    101*


 

* Includes supernumerary pupils 





 

ADMISSION AT OTHER THAN YEAR 8 ENTRY 

CRITERIA FOR ENTRY TO YEARS 9-11 

A pupil will be considered for admission by the School’s Admissions Committee to Years 9-11 when: 

1. The School’s enrolment number has not been reached. 


2. The admissions number for the Year Group to which the applicant is seeking entry, based on the admissions number for Year 8, has not been reached. The current admissions number for Year 8 is 100. 


3. If undersubscribed, as set out in and 1 and 2 above, then a pupil will be admitted unless the admission of a pupil would prejudice the efficient use of resources in the School. 


4. If more applicants apply for admission to a Year Group than the places available in that Year Group, then the Admissions Committee will give preference to pupils on the basis of academic ability, considered only on the basis of academic evidence provided with the application form. 


. It should be noted by parents that the Year 9-11 admissions process involves an exercise in judgement by the Admissions Committee and not a precise calculation. 


. The school reserves the right to set standardised tests in English and Mathematics for any applicant.  


 

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO THE SIXTH FORM (YEAR 13) BY PUPILS FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL WHEN PLACES ARE AVAILABLE  

After the completion of the admissions process to the Sixth Form (Year 13) for pupils currently attending the Royal School Dungannon and undertaking GCSE studies in Year 12, the School will consider applications from pupils in other schools.  

A pupil from another school will be considered for admission to Year 13 by the School’s Admissions Committee on the basis of: 

1. The School’s enrolment number has not been reached. 

 

2. Availability of places in AS subjects selected for study.

 

3. At least six GCSE passes (or equivalent qualification) at grade C or better, including;  


a. A minimum of 20 points at GCSE (where A* = 5; A = 4; B = 3; C* = 2, C = 1 points) 


b. Grade B or better in subjects selected for study at AS Level 


c. If AS subjects selected have not been studied at GCSE Level, then a grade B or better in a related subject 


d. If wishing to study Mathematics or Physics at AS Level, then a grade B or better in GCSE Further Mathematics .

 

4. If undersubscribed, as set out in and 1 and 2 above, then a pupil meeting the criteria set out in 3 above will be admitted unless the admission of a pupil would prejudice the efficient use of resources in the School. 

 

5. If the School’s enrolment number has not been reached and more pupils apply for places than there are places available then the Admissions Committee will admit pupils on the basis of the rank order of their respective total points score at GCSE, with those achieving higher scores being allocated places before those with lower scores.  

 

6. If more than one pupil is eligible for the last remaining place(s) because they have equal GCSE points scores, then the final place(s) will be allocated using the Additional Considerations as set out below. 

 

7. The Additional Considerations will be applied in the order stated below. 



i. Pupils who have a child of the family, at the time of application, currently attending or who previously attended the school (details to be supplied); or pupils who are the eldest child in the family eligible to apply for admission to Year 8. 


ii. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals 


iii. Pupils with a parent or guardian who is a former pupil of the Royal School Dungannon or the former Dungannon High School for Girls (name and date of attendance to be supplied) 


iv. Pupils ranked by the initial letter of surname (and if necessary, subsequent letters), as entered on the birth certificate, in the order set out below: 

 

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

 

. Children will be selected for admission on the basis of the initial letter of the surname as it appears on the birth certificate. 


. Where surnames begin with the same letter, the second and, if necessary, subsequent letters will be used to establish relative priority for admission. 


. Where children have the same surname, the initial letter of the first forename as it appears on the birth certificate will be used for admission. 


. Where the first forenames begin with the same letter, the second and, if necessary, subsequent letters will be used to establish relative priority for admission. 


. Where no priority can be established by means of this comparison the child with the shorter first forename will be prioritised for admission. 


. In the event that two or more children have identical surnames and forenames then the oldest pupil shall be admitted first (established by date of birth as entered on the birth certificate). 

 

(v) The School wishes to continue its tradition of accepting children from a wide catchment area, irrespective of the proximity of their homes from the School. If, however, after criteria 7(i) to 7(iv) have been exhausted it becomes necessary to make a final selection, priority will be given to the child whose home is closer to the School.  Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the child’s home to the front entrance of the School’s main administrative building. The applicant’s home address will be verified by the school. 


Criteria for requesting any extra places made available by the Department of Education for admission into Year 13 (Sixth Form)  

The Department of Education may, in response to a request from a school, increase the number of pupils that the school can admit to its Year 13. Places that become available in this way shall be allocated only to pupils who 

meet the basic eligibility criteria for Sixth Form study (as set out below) and shall be allocated in the order determined by the criteria to be applied in the order set down.  

 

1. Pupils who have most recently completed Year 12 in the Royal School Dungannon.  

 

2. Pupils from other schools where admission has been agreed and additional places granted by the Department of Education.*  

 

*Parents should note how the Department of Education (DE) will, in response to a school's request, temporarily increase a school's enrolment number in order to allow extra post -16 pupils to enrol. DE will only increase the school’s enrolment number if it is content that each external pupil for whom a place is requested would not be able to pursue their post-16 course-choices at another suitable school without undertaking an unreasonable journey (i.e. a journey, that by public transport, would be over an hour from where the young person lives or is further than 15 miles distance). If DE finds that no other suitable school may provide all of the post-16 courses that the pupil wishes to pursue - then DE will agree a school's request for an extra place. 

What is a school of a type that is suitable for a pupil?   

 

The criteria addendum states that the Department will consider what suitable alternatives are available to a pupil for whom an additional place is sought. To determine suitability, the Department first considers all schools to be one of 4 types: (i) denominational (ii) non-denominational (iii) Integrated; and (iv) Irish- medium. A school requesting an extra place for a post-16 pupil will belong to one of these 4 types and the Department will consider any other school from this same type as suitable for the pupil. The Department will also consider as suitable for the pupil any school of the same type as that attended by the child in Year 12.  

 

The School places a strong emphasis on a pupil’s willingness to participate in the broader life of the School, such as sports (including Saturday games), music, drama and a large number of clubs and societies and all those applying for admission should be willing to support the School’s ethos of active involvement in the life of 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.**