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Children to learn 11-plus results

Thousands of children will receive their 11-plus results on Saturday

CHILDREN will tomorrow learn whether their 11-plus grades are enough to secure their first choice post-primary school.

Thousands of P7s sat the two separate transfer tests, which are run by grammar schools, late last year.

Several children take both, meaning they face five papers over four consecutive Saturdays.

There has been an increase in the numbers taking the tests in recent years.

This means that even the top A grade will not be enough for some pupils to win a place at oversubscribed grammar schools.

Education Minister Peter Weir sent his best wishes to those awaiting results.

Mr Weir also reminded parents of the steps they could take to ensure their children were placed successfully.

Last year, several parents whose children were left unplaced put just one school on their application form. Others only included grammar schools on their child's transfer application.

"I understand that this can be an anxious time, particularly for those children who do not receive the results they were expecting," he said.

"Parents can play a vital role in ensuring their child secures a place during the admissions process. This includes reading schools' admissions criteria carefully and nominating a minimum of four schools on their child's transfer form, at least one of which should be a non-grammar school.

"By doing this they can maximise their child's opportunity of securing a place at a school of their preference and of not remaining unplaced at the end of the process."

Mr Weir reminded parents that "no child can be guaranteed a place at a particular school".

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