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Almost 90 per cent of primary 7 pupils secured place at first preference post primary school

The Education Authority said almost 99 per cent of children have been placed in a school for September

ALMOST 90 per cent of P7 pupils have secured a place at their first preference post-primary school.

The Education Authority (EA) also said almost 99 per cent of children have been placed in a school for September.

Around 24,000 children were told the outcome of their application for a Year 8 place via email on Saturday.

Frances Meehan, EA assistant director, said: "Almost 99 per cent of all children placed in one of their school preferences, with almost 89 per cent of applicants placed in their first preference school."

A list of schools which still have places can be viewed on the EA website.

Children received the results of transfer tests for entrance to grammar schools in February. More than 8,000 pupils sat AQE papers, while around 5,450 children took the GL Assessment, when the tests were held in November and December last year.

Post-primary transfer tests are used to select pupils, aged 10 and 11, by the majority of grammar schools. Pupils can choose to sit either the AQE or GL test, run by Post-Primary Transfer Consortium, take both tests or decide not to take any.

Parents of all P7 children then applied for a post-primary place on the EA online portal.

The EA also said that admissions process for children with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) "is managed separately to ensure each child receives a suitable placement that will cater to their individual needs".

"This is managed on a case by case basis and children are informed once their school placement has been finalised, rather than on a fixed date," said Ms Meehan.

"We do however recognise that this can be a stressful time for children and young people and our dedicated team of link officers are working closely with families and schools to agree appropriate placements to best meet children’s needs."

The EA's admissions helpdesk can be contacted on or by phoning 02895 985595.

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