2019/20 Admissions criteria for Years 9-12 

Waiting List Form 

Role of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria for entry to Years 9 to 12 on the advice of the Principal and delegates the responsibility for their application to the Principal and such other senior members of staff as the Principal deems necessary and appropriate. The Principal will report to the Admissions Committee of the Board of Governors, which will have the responsibility on the Board’s behalf of ensuring that the process has been carried out fairly and transparently in compliance with the published criteria. The Admissions Committee will review the criteria and report to the Board of Governors annually to allow for a full review and evaluation of the admissions process.


The Principal, on behalf of the Board of Governors, will ensure that

1. the admission of applicants to Years 9 – 12 will not cause the total number of pupils in the School to exceed the authorised enrolment number; and

2. the admission of applicants to any individual year group will not cause the Department’s guidelines on the maximum numbers of pupils in practical classes to be exceeded or in any other way compromise the School’s resources or ability to deliver the curriculum.

Method of Application

Those wishing to apply for a place at the School in Years 9 – 12 in the academic year immediately following, beginning in August / September, should in the first instance fill in the School’s application form, which may be downloaded from the School’s website, by April 30th in any calendar year.

Admission to Years 9, 10 and 11 will normally take place at the beginning of the academic school year (i.e. end of August or beginning of September as appropriate). Where circumstances exist which make a move from another school necessary or are deemed by the Principal to be in the best interests of the pupil, applications for admission to the School in-year may be considered. Because of the difficulties in matching GCSE specifications and the diversity between schools in the scheduling and co-ordination of controlled assessments, applications for admission to Year 12 will not normally be considered.

On receipt of the application, the applicant will be asked to sit two tests under exam conditions, which will be broadly comparable with the level of curriculum studied.  Should the results be deemed high enough to engage fully with the curriculum provided at Bangor Grammar School, a place will be offered and the pupil and parents will be invited to a meeting with the Principal.   Where there are more applicants with a high enough score than there are places available, the School will rank the scores of all applicants and award places in rank order.

Where there is one place left and a number of pupils on the same average score the following criteria will be applied in the order listed:

a)          applicants entitled to Free School Meals;

b)         applicants who are pupils of specified feeder primary schools (set out in a list appended to these criteria);

c)          applicants with another child of the family attending Bangor Grammar School or Glenlola Collegiate School OR applicants who are an eldest boy within their family or who are an only child;

d)         applicants with another child of the family who is a former pupil of Bangor Grammar School; and 

5.      Tie-breaker:   In the event, after all the non-academic criteria have been applied, of a tie for the last remaining place(s) at the School, priority will be granted in turn to each applicant on the basis of an annual computer generated random selection in the following order:

U K C M S J F B D R T H Y Q P L N G V E A O I Z W X (M will include Mc)

Where the initial letters are the same, the place in a conventional alphabetical order of the second letter will determine the priority. Where the second letters are the same, the third will determine the priority and so on. Where surnames are the same, the initial letter of the applicant’s first noted forename will determine the priority in the manner outlined above. If these are the same, priority will be accorded to the second letter of the name and so on.

Table 1: Primary schools referred to in non-academic Criterion 4 (d):

Abbey P.S. Castle Gardens P.S. Kirkistown P.S. St Anne’s P.S.
Ballyholme P.S. Clandeboye P.S. Londonderry P.S. St Comgall’s P.S.
Ballymagee P.S. Crawfordsburn P.S. Loughries I.P.S. St Finian’s P.S.
Ballyvester P.S. Donaghadee P.S Millisle P.S. St Malachy’s P.S.
Ballywalter P.S. Glencraig I.P.S. Newtownards Model P.S Towerview P.S.
Bangor Central I.P.S. Grange Park P.S. Rathmore P.S. Victoria P.S. Ballyhalbert
Bloomfield P.S. Kilcooley P.S. Regent House Prep Victoria P.S. Newtownards
Carrowdore P.S. Kilmaine P.S. Rockport School West Winds P.S.


1. The definition of ‘available place’ or ‘available places’ is entirely at the discretion of the School within the constraints of the enrolment number and the Department of Education’s guidelines on maximum numbers in practical classes.
2. Applications for admission to the School at the beginning of the academic year immediately following received after April 30th may be considered, but only after the process specified above has been completed for applicants who have applied before April 30th.
3. The School operates a waiting list, details of which may be found on the School’s website. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on the School’s waiting list until April 30th in the year following the application. In the event of a place in any given year group becoming available before that date, the applicant who is first in the rank order may be offered a place. If no place has become available up to and including April 30th, the applicant will be contacted and asked if he wishes to remain on the waiting list. If the answer is yes, his application stands and in the event of a place becoming available for the following academic year, his application will then be considered with all other applications as set out in the criteria above.
4. All applicants will be interviewed by the Principal or another senior member of staff. The object of the interview will be to determine whether and how the applicant meets the criteria specified.
5. It is the responsibility of the applicant and his parents / guardians to supply all the relevant documentation to support his application and to allow the School to determine whether he meets all or some of the criteria specified. All documentation should be available at the time of the meeting with the Principal or senior member of staff.
6. The School is not obliged to offer a place at any stage in the process if it considers that an applicant does not adequately meet the criteria outlined above.
7. The School reserves the right to contact the applicant’s previous school to verify the information provided.
8. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible, but the School reserves its right to delay notification until after the publication of GCSE results in August, so allowing confirmation of numbers in the Sixth Form to determine the number of places available in Years 9 – 12 without the School exceeding its authorised enrolment number.