Application forms are now available for parents to register their child for the AQE Common Entrance Assessment (CEA).
You can download the Registration Form from the AQE website, from an AQE Grammar School or from the AQE Office. Some Primary Schools may also be able to give you a form. Photocopies/black & white printed forms are perfectly acceptable.
The closing date for applications is the 13th of September 2013
Results day has finally arrived. Good luck to all the children & parents eagerly waiting for the postman to arrive.
We hope you get the grade/score you need for your preferred school.
Remember to visit our School Intake Information page for all the highest and lowest scores or grades that each grammar school accepted for the previous 3 years. This can help guide you with your School choices.
An all-time high of 13,865 primary school pupils are set to take either the transfer tests in Northern Ireland over the coming weeks.
That means around 64% of all Year 7 pupils will be sitting the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) and the GL Assessment tests over the coming weeks.
The unregulated tests, now in their fourth year, are used by Northern Ireland’s 68 grammar schools to admit around 9,000 Year 8 pupils.
The Department of Education has been criticised for moving the delivery of the P7 pupils post-primary placement letters from a Saturday to a Tuesday.
In previous years the letters arrived on a Saturday which give parents the weekend to help their children come to terms with any disappointment. This was changed, when last year a significant amount of letters didn't arrive in the Saturday post. As it was a bank holiday weekend, it was Tuesday before any late letters arrived or Education & Library Boards were contactable.
The Belfast Telegraph has reported that Primary Schools that prepare pupils for unregulated transfer tests are unlikely to face disciplinary action.
The threat of being hauled before a Curriculum Complaints Tribunal — and being reported to the Department of Education by inspectors — has been hanging over the heads of Northern Ireland’s 800 primary schools. But it has emerged that no school has ever been brought before a Curriculum Complaints Tribunal since it was enshrined in law 20 years ago.