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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

Sullivan Upper School


Sullivan Upper School - a brief history.

​Sullivan Upper School was founded in 1877 and moved to extensive grounds on the edge of the town of Holywood, County Down in 1939. Holywood is just a short distance from Belfast. The school has a fee-paying prep department which was formerly known as Sullivan Lower School.

The “lower school” was founded in 1862 by Robert Sullivan and it is from him that the school takes its name. Sullivan Upper School has approximately 1000 pupils and is a co-educational school. With a reputation for very good academic results the school is often very heavily over-subscribed for entry into year 8. 

Sullivan Upper 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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