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Admissions criteria for entry September 2020

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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 2020

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.


The tie breaker is in two stages:

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.

Stage 1

Pupils who place Bangor Academy as either first or second preference on the transfer form will be given priority.

If there remains more applicants at Stage One than places available then Stage Two will be applied. It will be initially applied to all applicants who meet the Stage 1 criteria before moving to Stage 2 applications.

Stage 2

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.

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

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.

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



 Year  Admissions No Total Applications
All preferences 
Total Admissions
2017/18  242 291 244
2018/19  242  390 300*
2019/20 242 360 303*

*Includes children admitted with a statement of SEN and Temporary Variation approved by DE