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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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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.

Belfast High School


Belfast High School a brief history.

Belfast High School (BHS) which is a co-educational voluntary grammar school which is now situated in Jordanstown, Newtownabbey. John Pyper established the school as Pyper Academy in 1854 and the name was changed to the Belfast Mercantile Academy shortly afterwards. In 1874, it moved to new premises at Glenravel Street, Belfast and by 1963 the whole school had moved to its current site at Ardilea House, Jordanstown just outside Belfast. The school has over 900 pupils and pupils obtain excellent results at GCSE and A level.

Belfast High School 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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