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Peter Robinson supports single Transfer Test

Peter Robinson has promised his support for efforts to bring about a single transfer test next year the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Robinson predicted that academic selection was here to stay but a single test should replace the current two.

Mr Robinson's party is committed to selection. He lambasted the Department of Education, which has had three Sinn Fein ministers since it was set up in 1999, for failing to accommodate the wishes of the grammar schools.

Christian Brothers' School, Omagh and Loreto Grammar, Omagh have jointly announced that they aim to either phase out or end academic selection after a period of consultation with people in the local area, the BBC and the

PPTC GL Assessment

Application forms are now available for parents to register their child for the PPTC GL Assessment.

You can download the Registration Pack from the PPTC website, from a PPTC Assessment Centre, from a PPTC Grammar School website or links are on our PPTC (GL Assessment) page.


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.