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The previous Transfer Tests - either the AQE or GL (PPTC) version has been replaced by the SEAG Transfer Test.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

Thornhill College


Thornhill College, Derry - a brief history.

Thornhill College is in the city of Londonderry and came into existence in 1848 when the school was established by the Sisters of Mercy. The school is a large Catholic girls’ school with around 1500 pupils and 100 teaching staff. Originally known as the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy School, Derry it changed its name to Thornhill College in 1947.

The school consistently ranks highly for pupil results at GCSE level and is a specialist school for Mathematics and physics. The College admits just over 200 pupils into year 8 and demand for places is usually high.

Thornhill College 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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