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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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


Belfast Royal Academy (BRA) School a brief history.

Founded in 1785 Belfast Royal Academy (BRA) is regarded as the oldest school in Belfast. For over a century the school was called Belfast Academy and in 1888 Queen Victoria granted permission for the school to call itself the Belfast Royal Academy.  BRA is a co-educational, non-denominational voluntary grammar school situated in north Belfast. Originally built near St Anne's Parish Church (now St Anne’s Cathedral) in what is now Academy Street, it moved to its current location on the Cliftonville Road in 1880.

Belfast Royal 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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