Year 8

Antrim Grammar School's Year 8 Entrance Criteria for the academic Year 2021/21 is now available below. We appreciate this has been, and continues to be a difficult time for P7 pupils and their families. We thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the changing landscape in which we find ourselves.

Entrance Criteria

 Transfer Information

AQE Update 23 March 2021

The Board of AQE understands the need for certainty for pupils, parents and schools in relation to arrangements for the 2021-22 academic year. As ever, we will be guided by the NI Executive’s guidance regarding the Covid-19 restrictions as the health and well-being of the children remain our primary concerns. The Board has been working with the relevant individuals and bodies to plan for the next assessment and hopes to be in a position to provide definitive information on the holding of its three-paper assessment by the end of April 2021.”


Starting a new school is a very exciting time for pupils and at Antrim Grammar School we aim to provide a supportive and informative Induction Programme as we welcome you into the school community. This includes an Induction afternoon in June when parents and pupils are invited into school and pupils are given the opportunity to meet the other members of their class, as well as their Class Tutors and Year Tutors, encouraging friendships and relationships to grow.

We also have an Induction morning on their first day of school in the Autumn term. This consists of a leisurely breakfast with the opportunity to meet other parents followed by an information session detailing the school's strong emphasis on academic achievement, assessment and reporting and extra-curricular activities. At the same time, pupils will be with their classes taking part in some teambuilding activities and getting a tour of the school.

Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in a two-day residential to Ganaway Activity Centre in September. Over the two days pupils get the opportunity to participate in a number of activities including archery, zip lining, high ropes, the climbing wall and caving. This is a great chance to make new friends and develop lots of new skills.

Throughout these induction activities, pupils are nurtured and supported by the experienced and committed pastoral team. Mrs Lavery and Dr Finlay, the Year Tutors for Year 8, have been leading the Year 8 Team for many years and use the vast experience they have gained over this time to ensure that pupils needs are met and that any worries are addressed.

Click here to view the Induction Booklet (for September 2020)

Click here to view the Year 8 Induction Presentation (for September 2020)

Click here to view the Year 8 Parents' Guide to Success Presentation (for September 2020)

Click here to view the 'How Children’s Learning is Supported in Post-Primary Schools' EA Leaflet

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about Ganaway (updated 28 August 2019)

Induction Information and Term Dates

Our Induction Event will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2020 at 18.30pm via a live webinar. Click here to meet the staff involved in our Induction Event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Induction Guide will provide you with information on Antrim Grammar School including the school day, uniform and Bus Timetables. 

Click here for 2020-21 Term Dates.

Click here for the Equipment List for September 2020.

Click here to read our answers to your questions from the Induction Event.


This year all Year 8 pupils are challenged to ‘Be Awesome, Go Big’. There will be so many opportunities for all pupils to be awesome and to go big throughout the school year. In preparation for September, this area of the website is designed to motivate, help and support pupils and parents so that you feel equipped for the journey ahead. 

Are you getting ready to Go Big?

In preparation for September we would like you to: 

  • Complete the ‘Be Awesome, Go Big’ workbook before you start in September
  • Complete as many of the activities on the ‘Getting Ready to Go Big’ activity sheet. You can send pictures of you doing any of the challenges to
  • Join our Literacy Olympics and start reading books from our Reading List
  • Read Matthew Burton’s book, ‘Go Big’ which will be delivered to your house over the coming weeks
  • Read our 5 Steps to Transition to help with your mental health and wellbeing and think about each of these as you make the change to secondary school


We appreciate your support at home to make the transition from primary school to secondary school as smooth as possible for your child. We would appreciate it if you could ensure that your child completes the preparation work outlined as it will be the foundation for their ‘Character’ and ‘English’ classes. In addition, please take time to read the Parent Information section as it is designed to help you as you make the transition from primary school to secondary school alongside your child.

Parent Information

Please click below to read our guides to help you make the transition from primary school to secondary school alongside your child.:

Help your child make the change from primary school

Help your child with the transition to Antrim Grammar School

Help your child make good habits

Help your child develop a Growth Mindset

Help your child build resilience