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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

Dominican College Portstewart


Dominican College, Portstewart a brief history.

Dominican College, Portstewart is in the town of Portstewart. It occupies the most imposing site and the school is perched on top of a cliff in an old castle. The College has stunning views over the Northern Ireland coastline and also over the Donegal Hills in the Republic of Ireland. The College was founded in 1917 by the Dominican Sisters as at that time there was no secondary educational provision in Portstewart. The College continues to grow from its opening numbers of 21 pupils in 1917 to 650 pupils today. Dominican College has very good academic results and accepts both boys and girls into its school. The College is often over-subscribed for year 8 places.

The College 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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