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Catholic grammar publishes own selection test

By William Allen

A Catholic grammar school in Londonderry has published a sample of its own selection test that pupils will sit next year in defiance of the Education Minister, Caitriona Ruane.

Lumen Christi College said it was legally entitled to set its own test under the St Andrew’s Agreement.

Bishop of Derry, Seamus Hegarty, who is a senior trustee for Catholic schools in the city, has publicly criticised Lumen Christi's plan, saying it did not offer an equal opportunity to all.

However, the school stuck to its plans by hosting an information session at the college on Saturday.

Principal Pat Doherty said the school would press ahead with plans to replace the doomed 11-plus, and that the first batch of tests would be undertaken next year.

Two standard reasoning papers will be taken in November 2009 by pupils wishing to attend Lumen Christi.

Registration is free and will be the responsibility of parents, not primary schools. Extra admissions criteria will apply in the event of over-subscription.

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