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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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


St. Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Belfast - a brief history.

​St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School (also known as St Mary's CBGS) was established in 1866 by the Irish Christian Brothers. Originally sited in Divis Street in Belfast it now occupies a new and modern building on the Glen Road in Belfast. When the school started all teaching staff were Irish Christian Brothers but now all staff are lay teachers. From its early beginnings the school has grown and grown and now has almost 1200 boys attending the school.  The grammar school provides a Catholic based education and has a long tradition of both academic and sporting success. There is space for approximately 181 pupils in year 8 and often there will be more than 100 additional applications above and beyond the approved enrolment figure of 181. 

St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School 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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