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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

Strathearn School


Strathearn School - a brief history.

Strathearn School opened in 1929 with 63 pupils and Miss Miskelly as the first headmistress. Initially the school accepted boys and girls form the age of 4 years. The boys stayed until they were 8 years old when most transferred to Cabin Hill (now known as Campbell Junior School) which is the preparatory Department of Campbell College.

The girls stayed until they were 14 and then moved to Victoria College. The school has a fee-paying preparatory department known as Penrhyn with approximately 140 pupils. The “prep” school is very close to the main grammar school. In 2014 the school received a completely new school building. The school sits on 17 acres of prime land in East Belfast.

Strathearn 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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