Transition from Primary School to Post-Primary School can be a daunting time for both parents and pupils and at Antrim Grammar School we are committed to ensuring that we clearly communicate our entrance criteria to prospective Parents and Pupils. This includes our Primary 6 Transfer Information Evening which is held annually in May. At this event you can find out key information about both the AQE and GL Tests, both of which Antrim Grammar School facilitate and use to determine admission to the school.
AQE / GL Familiarisation Evening Information
AQE Key Dates and Information
Registration Opens: Wednesday 1st May 2019
Registration Closes: Friday 6th September 2019
Assessment One: Saturday 9th November 2019
Assessment Two: Saturday 23rd November 2019
Assessment Three: Saturday 30th November 2019
Results : Saturday 25th January 2020
All documentation relating to the AQE tests, including access arrangements, special circumstances and special provision applications can be found at the AQE website www.aqe.org.uk.
GL Key Dates and Information
Registration Opens: Monday 13th May 2019
Registration Closes: Friday 20th September 2019 (at 2.00 pm for school)
Test Date: Saturday 16th November 2019
Below are important dates for those children preparing to sit either transfer test to gain entry to Year 8 in September 2020.
Monday 25th November 2019 – Deadline (2.00pm) for receipt of requests to take the Supplementary Entrance Assessment.
Saturday 7th December 2019 – Supplementary Entrance Assessment.
Friday 13th December 2019 – Deadline (2.00pm) for registering claims for Special Circumstances.
Friday 24th January 2020 – Results of the Entrance Assessment posted (first class) to children’s homes.
Friday 7th February 2020 (2.00pm) is the Deadline for receipt of requests for re-mark of the Entrance Assessment.
Antrim Grammar School considers applications from pupils who have taken the entrance assessments anywhere in Northern Ireland provided by the Association for Quality Education (AQE) or GL Assessment (GLA). The school will host both AQE and GLA tests.
All documentation relating to the GL tests, including access arrangements, special circumstances and special provision applications can be found at the PPTC website www.pptcni.com.
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 Girls and Year 8 Boys respectively, 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.