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Admissions criteria for entry September 2019

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The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to the Principal the responsibility for applying these criteria.

Admissions criteria for Year 8 pupils at September 2019

If the school is oversubscribed, the Principal will consider applications subject to the following ranked criteria.  If after the application of the criteria in order, there comes a point where there are more pupils who meet a particular criterion than there are places available, then a tie-breaker will be applied.  The tie-breaker is described below.

Admissions Criteria

1. Pupils who have a child of the family enrolled at the school. * 

2. Pupils whose parents are permanent employees in the school (includes anyone who has worked in the school for a minimum of 6 months). 

3. Pupils who attend any one of the school’s traditional feeder primary schools from Group A below.

4. Pupils who attend any one of the school’s traditional feeder primary schools from Group B below.

5. Applicants residing in catchment areas BT19, BT20, BT21 and BT23 for whom the school is the nearest controlled all ability school.

6. Other Pupils.


Final Selection will be on the basis of initial letter of the surname as identified in the randomly devised set of letters outlined below and the application of those letters thereafter.

If applicants have the same surname, then the Christian names will be used in the order they appear on the birth certificate.

W   M   H   Z   S   U   X   C   A   R   B   E   V   I   L   D   Y   P   O   Q   T   N   J   G   K   F

It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the Board of Governors, on the Transfer Form, of any information which will help when making a decision.  Assumptions cannot and will not be made. 

Contributory Primary Schools Group A

Ballyholme PS

Clandeboye Road PS

Kilcooley PS

St Malachy’s PS

Ballymagee PS

Crawfordsburn PS

Kilmaine PS

Towerview PS

Bangor Central IPS

Donaghadee PS

Rathmore PS


Bloomfield Road PS

Grange Park PS

St Comgall’s PS


Contributory Primary Schools Group B

Abbey PS

Castle Gardens PS

Millisle PS

Victoria PS N’Ards

Ballyvester PS

Glencraig IPS

Newtownards Model PS

West Winds PS

Beechlawn Unit

Londonderry PS

Regent House Prep


Carrowdore PS

Loughries IPS

St Finian’s PS


 Please note: neither the primary schools nor the catchment areas are in rank order.

 * The criterion “child of the family” will be, defined in relation to the parties to a marriage or parties living together in the same household, interpreted in accordance with Annex 2 paragraphs 3-5 of The Procedure for Transfer from Primary to Post-Primary Education: “Child of the family” means a child of both of them, and any other child who has been treated by both of those parties as a “child of their family”.  The Department of Education has been advised that this definition of a child of the family covers: a child born to a married couple; a child born to a co-habitating couple; a child of either of those people by a previous marriage or relationship; a child living with same-sex partners whether there is a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 or not; an adopted or fostered child; a situation where, for example, an orphaned cousin is being brought up with the family.  

The name and date of birth of the child of the family must be included on the application.

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form/Transfer Form eg Birth Certificate.

The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by post-primary schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Transfer form.

Waiting List Policy

Applications received after schools have been allocated to pupils will be placed, in order of receipt, at the end of the waiting list of those children not selected during the admissions process. This waiting list policy is in place for the academic year 2019-2020. 

After the commencement of the 2019-2020 school year, the above criteria will be used for entry into Y8 should admission become possible.

Pupils who wish to be considered for entry into Year 9 the following academic year 2020-2021, must make a separate application for entry (See below)


 Year  Admissions No Total Applications
All preferences 
Total Admissions
2016/17  242  282 242
2017/18  242   290 244
2018/19  242  390 300


Applications for a place in Years 9-12 will only be considered if there are places available. 

In the first instance, requests should be made to the Principal’s Secretary who will provide up to date admissions details and an application form.  

Following receipt of the school application form, the Principal will contact applicants (If there are places available) with the aim of starting as soon as possible. If there are no places available throughout the year, applicants will be contacted in May with the aim of starting the following academic year if places are available.

Applicants will be selected for each year group if there are places available using the following criteria:

1 Originally applied to Bangor Academy but not successful in securing a place. 

2 Special Circumstances eg moving from another school and/or from outside Northern Ireland.

3 Any other reason

Bangor Academy does not admit students transferring from other schools into Year 12 unless there are special circumstances. *

Bangor Academy does not admit students transferring from other schools into Year 11 after the start of the academic year unles there are special circumstances. *

*Special circumstance applications will be considered by a sub committee delegated by the Board of Governors. This sub committee will include the Principal and at least one member of the governing body.