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Northern Ireland’s Transfer Tests: Grammar Schools’ intake and grade information

Below is the Belfast Telegraph's comprehensive 2016 table of results revealing the grades needed to get into 63 selective grammar schools requiring either the AQE or the GL Assessment in Northern Ireland.

Search for a grammar school or your location to find out the intake information and the grades needed to secure a place.

The data gives schools’ name, location, the highest grade/score/quintile/band it accepted and the lowest grade/score/quintile/band it accepted.

Other information included is the number of first preference choices it received and total applications (which includes first, second, third choices etc.).

Several schools have provided bands for the lowest and highest scores they accepted, as this is the method they used to select pupils.

Some schools accept both AQE and GL scores.

Schools Town Test Type Total
Applications
1st
Preference
Approved
Enrolment
Highest
Score/Grade
Lowest
Score/Grade
Our Lady & St Patrick's College Belfast GL 212 205 180 A A
Rathmore Grammar School Belfast GL 226 217 180 A A
Sacred Heart Grammar Newry GL 191 181 120 A A
Aquinas Grammar School Belfast GL 133 117 110 A A
St Joseph's Grammar Donaghmore GL 122 104 70 A A
St Colman's College Newry GL 192 172 125 A A
St Dominic's High School Belfast GL 213 200 141 A B1
Our Lady's Grammar School Newry GL 151 125 120 A B1
St Mary's Grammar School Magherafelt GL 183 173 153 A B2
The Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar Newry GL 168 142 125 A B1
Assumption Grammar School Ballynahinch GL 173 156 120 A B2
Dominican College Portstewart GL 116 110 69 A C1
St Louis Grammar Kilkeel GL 122 101 80 A C1
St Malachy's College Belfast GL 161 149 150 A C1
Thornhill College Derry GL 239 209 200 A C2
Dominican College Belfast GL 160 140 150 A C2
Mount Lourdes Grammar Enniskillen GL 102 102 96 A C2
St Michael's College Enniskillen GL 102 98 100 A D
Christian Brothers' School Omagh GL 151 149 135 A D
St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar Belfast GL 201 183 175 A D
St Columb's College Derry GL 242 219 220 A D
Rainey Endowed Magherafelt GL Scores Only 170 140 100 282 226
Loreto Grammar Omagh GL Scores Only 150 145 125 282 221
St Louis Grammar Ballymena GL Scores Only 199 191 139 279 230
Lumen Christi College Derry GL Scores Only 185 183 120 278 244
St Patrick's Academy Dungannon GL Scores Only 298 269 189 274 229
Royal School Dungannon Dungannon AQE 121 116 93 129 91
Friends' School Lisburn AQE 272 220 140 127 106
Methodist College Belfast AQE 306 267 240 127 100
Belfast Royal Academy Belfast AQE 272 240 200 126 97
Coleraine Grammar School Coleraine AQE 218 157 156 126 94
Dalriada School Ballymoney AQE 198 192 125 125 105
Royal School Armagh Armagh AQE 138 134 100 125 102
Strathearn School Belfast AQE 154 140 110 125 102
Grosvenor Grammar Belfast AQE 306 235 155 125 101
Sullivan Upper Holywood AQE 191 168 150 125 98
Royal Belfast Academical Institution Belfast AQE 231 137 150 125 94
Banbridge Academy Banbridge AQE 243 229 184 124 102
Belfast High School Belfast AQE 220 179 136 124 101
Down High Downpatrick AQE 163 154 128 124 100
Regent House Newtownards AQE 313 243 210 124 99
Ballyclare High School Ballyclare AQE 219 194 186 124 97
Ballymena Academy Ballymena AQE 202 192 176 124 94
Larne Grammar Larne AQE 156 140 110 124 92
Limavady Grammar Limavady AQE 150 129 130 123 86
Bangor Grammar Bangor AQE 196 178 125 122 102
Carrickfergus Grammar Carrickfergus AQE 201 167 116 122 97
Omagh Academy Omagh AQE 112 112 95 122 89
Wallace High School Lisburn AQE 299 221 170 121-125 101-105
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Enniskillen AQE 159 158 130 121 94
Cambridge House Grammar Ballymena AQE 189 147 140 120 87
Glenlola Collegiate Bangor AQE 160 135 157 120 80
Foyle College Londonderry AQE 159 152 121 119 86
Strabane Academy Strabane AQE 75 75 54 118 82
Bloomfield Collegiate Belfast AQE 137 71 100 116 85
Lagan College Belfast AQE/GL 408 324 200 AQE 121 GL 98 AQE 94 GL 33
Campbell College Belfast AQE/GL 153 111 140 AQE119 GL A AQE 88
Hunterhouse College Belfast AQE/GL 180 73 100 AQE 122, GL 87 AQE 88 GL 20
Slemish Integrated College Ballymena AQE/GL 202 170 120 AQE 113 GL 80 AQE 94-98 GL 30-39
Antrim Grammar Antrim AQE/GL 165 141 105 Band 1 * Band 3 *
Victoria College Belfast AQE/GL 180 100 130 AQE 124 GL A Band V
St Patrick's Grammar School Downpatrick AQE/GL 118 112 96 Band 1* Band 4*
Wellington College Belfast AQE/GL 233 105 110 Band 1* Band 4*

GL SCORE BREAKDOWN: 234+ A; 233 - 229 B1; 228 - 224 B2; 223 - 219 C1; 218 - 213 C2; 212 - 138 D

AQE quintile boundaries: Q1 112+; Q2 107 - 111; Q3 99 - 106; Q4 89 - 98; Q5 88 or less; BAND RANGES: Victoria College, Lagan College, Wellington College: Band I 80 + (GL cohort percentile) 113+ (AQE score); Band II 60 - 79, 106 - 112; Band III 50 - 59, 103 - 105; Band IV 40 - 49, 99 - 102; Band V 30 - 39, 94 - 98; Band VI 20 - 29, 88 - 93; Band VII, 19 or below, 87 or below;

BAND RANGES: St Patrick's Grammar, Downpatrick: Band 1 60+ (GL) 107+ (AQE); Band 2 50+ (GL) 103-106 (AQE); Band 3 40+ (GL) 99-102 (AQE); Band 4 30+ (GL) 95-98 (AQE); Band 5 20+ (GL) 89-94 (AQE); Band 6 19 and below (GL) 88 or less (AQE)

Antrim Grammar took everyone in bands 1 to 3 in both AQE and GL and for both AQE and GL shortlisted using their criteria so not everyone got in whose score/cohort percentile fell into band 4. AQE STANDARDISED SCORE: Band I 106 or above, Band II 103 - 105, Band III 99 – 102, Band IV 94 - 98, Band V 88 - 93, Band VI 87 or below. GL COHORT PERCENTILE Band I 60 or above, Band II 50 - 59, Band III 40 - 49, Band IV 30 - 39, Band V 20 - 29, Band VI 19 or below.