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NI Grammar School Admission criteria for
September 2024

Admission criteria for grammar schools in Northern Ireland for entrance in September 2024 will have changed.

The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test. Almost all grammar schools will be using the results in the SEAG Transfer Tests as one of many criteria used as part of the admissions policy for entry into year 8 (first form).

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 2024.
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 2024.

Ballymena Academy


Ballymena Academy a brief history.

Ballymena Academy is a long-established school which was founded in 1828.The school is a mixed gender grammar school situated in the town of Ballymena. Founded in the early nineteenth century it was originally a small school for children in the town and surrounding agricultural hinterland. Since its early days the school has grown and now has approximately 1300 pupils and 128 members of teaching staff. With modern facilities for both academics and sport the school is well respected within the town of Ballymena. While able to accept 176 pupils into year 8 the demand for these places is always high.

Ballymena Academy uses the new SEAG Single Entrance Transfer Test results as part of its intake criteria into year 8.

** 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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