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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

Methodist College Belfast


Methodist College Belfast (Methody) - a brief history.

Methodist College Belfast (or MCB as it is often known) was opened in 1868 having been founded by the Methodist Church in Ireland. In 1865 there were about 23,000 Methodists in Ireland out of a population of about 6 million. The school was built on, what was then the,  outskirts of Belfast and was partly to train Methodist ministers and partly to educate boys. From very early in its formation the school also accepted girls and when the school opened it had just 141 pupils – today it has approaching 2000 pupils. MCB as it is often known has two preparatory schools attached to it called Fullerton House and Downey House. The school celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2018. 

Places in year 8 are always in high demand and Methodist College (MCB) uses the AQE Transfer Test results as part of its selection and intake process for entry 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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