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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 12th of September 2014

Head teacher Fr Kevin Donaghy of St Patrick's Grammar, Armagh has lost his battle to keep academic selection at the school the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

AQE Dates 2014/15

The AQE have announced their dates for the 2014/15 cycle.

Registration opens on Tuesday the 6th of May 2014 and closed on Friday the 12th of September 2014. Registration forms will be made available from the 1st of May 2014.
The 3 assessments will take place on Saturday the 8th, 22nd and 29th of November 2014. Results will be posted to arrive on Saturday 31st January.

Over 30 P7 pupils received the wrong results on Saturday the Belfast Telegraph and the BBC News have reported.

The 2013 intake information for Northern Ireland Grammar Schools requiring either the AQE or the GL Assessment have been added to our Schools Intake Information page.

The stats include the highest & lowest grades/scores accepted to gain entry into Grammar Schools in 2013 as well as the total number of children that applied and were accepted.

Education Minister John O'Dowd has hit out at the grammar school sector – accusing it of being "mixed ablity in all but name" the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

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Update: 18th November 2019
Links to download the 2019 Special Circumstances Pack are listed on the PPTC (GL Assessment) page.

The Claiming Special Circumstances Pack for 2013/14 is now available to download.

Parents/guardians wishing to register a claim for Special Circumstances for a child who sat the PPTC GL Assessment are asked to download and read carefully all the documents contained below in the Special Circumstances Pack.

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A mother has called for an end to primary school pupils sitting multiple entrance tests because of the extreme pressure they cause, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

Mary Oglesby from south Belfast has spent the last year coaching her son ahead of this month's entrance tests.

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Tonight is Children in Need night on the BBC and we are delighted to announce that we will be donating 10% of our profits for November 2013 from sales of our Transfer Test Practice Papers & Revision Booklets to this terrific cause.

Proceedings kick off on BBC One at 19:30 GMT with a performance from the stars of West End musical Matilda.
Organisers hope to beat last year's on-the-night donations of £26.8m - a record high for the telethon, which has been running since 1980.

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The Catholic education sector will be damaged beyond repair if academic selection remains, according to most Catholic primary school principals the BBC has reported.

In a Catholic Principals Association survey, 63% agreed that failure to move away from academic selection would have adverse consequences for the sector. Although only 28% percent of 400 Catholic principals responded to the association's questionnaire.
76% agreed too much deference was shown to grammar schools.