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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

Friends School


Friends School, Lisburn a brief history.

Friends' School, Lisburn was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1774. It is a co-educational, non denominational Voluntary Grammar School. Friends' School is one of many Quaker schools across the world and these schools have a distinctive ethos which is based on care for the individual.   John Hancock, a prosperous linen merchant, left £1,000 for the purchase of land “in or near Lisburn” on which to build a school for the children of Quakers and so in 1764 the school was formed. The school accepts non-Quakers as well as Quakers. The school was listed as the Northern Ireland Secondary School of the year in 2017 by the Sunday Times.

Demand for year 8 places in the Lisburn area is always high and Friends’ School use 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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