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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

St Malachy’s College Belfast


St. Malachy's College, Belfast - a brief history.

​St Malachy's College, Belfast is situated in the Antrim Road area of Belfast. It opened on St Malachy’s Day on the 3rd November 1833 with 8 boarders and 10 day boys. The school has been on the same site since its foundation and to-day this large Catholic boys’ school has over 1000 pupils enrolled. The school has first-class facilities and there are plans for more improvements in the near future. The school is well known for both its academic and sporting success. Due to its excellent reputation demand for places in year 8 is always very high with sometimes nearly two applications for each place in

year 8. 

Only pupils with top marks in the new SEAG Single Entrance Transfer Test are likely to secure a place in St Malachy's College. 

** 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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