2018 – > 2014 School Intake Information

A big thanks to the fabulous work done by PropertyPal to collect all the lowest scores accepted by the Northern Ireland grammar schools during the 2018 intake, which will also be used for the School Finder on their own website.

To give an even broader picture, I have coupled this information with the annual data produced by the Belfast Telegraph from 2017-2014, and this should give you a great idea of the anticipated result your child would need to secure a place at that school.

The schools are listed in three groups and then in alphabetical order. These groups are:

Parents should really only use these scores as a guide when completing their post-primary transfer form and my advice would be to:

  • Opt for the school that is truly your first choice, regardless of previous scores, as each year these scores will vary (going up and down) depending on the number of applicants to each particular school.  
  • Also check out the admission criteria for each school to appreciate your chances of securing a place if it comes down to a tie break. You’ll find them all in the Admission Criteria blog.

I trust you find this helpful and it’s helps that little bit in supporting  informed decisions during the child’s transition to ‘big school’. Should you find any discrepancies, please feel free to email me by clicking here, to let me know.

Schools – where both AQE & GL scores / grades are accepted:

Antrim Grammar (Antrim)
Total Applications – 164
Approved Admissions – 120
Lowest Score / GL Cohort 2018 – AQE Score 94-98, GL Cohort 30-39
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – AQE 99-102

Lowest Score 2016 – AQE 94-98
Lowest Grade 2015 – AQE 89, GL 31
Lowest Grade 2014 – AQE 89, no GL

Campbell College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 164
Approved Enrolment – 140
Lowest Score / Grade 2018 – AQE 93, GL C1
Previous Years
Lowest Score / Grade 2017 – AQE 94, GL C1

Lowest Score / Grade 2017 – AQE 88, GL C1
Lowest Score 2015 – AQE 89

Lowest Score 2014 – AQE 84

Hunterhouse College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 208
Approved Enrolment – 100
Lowest Score / GL Cohort 2018 – AQE 94, GL Cohort 31
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – AQE 88, GL 20

Lowest Score 2016 – AQE 88, GL 20
Lowest Score 2015 – AQE 88, GL 26
Lowest Score 2014 – AQE 88, no GL

Lagan College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 472
Approved Enrolment – 200 (under review)
* With 65% entering via the all-ability route, which has no reference to the GL Assessment or AQE Assessment result.
Lowest Score 2018 – AQE 99-102, GL Percentile 40-49
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – AQE 94, GL 33
Lowest Score 2015 – AQE 99, GL 40 (and 35% admitted via non-ability route)
Lowest Score 2014 – Not available

Slemish Integrated College (Ballymena)
Total Applications – 224
Approved Enrolment – 140
Lowest Grade 2018 – Band 5
Previous Years
Lowest Band 2017 – Band 4

Lowest Grade 2016 – AQE 94-98, GL 30-39
Lowest Grade 2015 –  GL C1
Lowest Grade 2014 – GL C1

St Patrick’s Grammar School (Downpatrick)
Total Applications – 129
Approved Enrolment – 96
Lowest Score / GL Cohort 2018 – AQE Score 99-102, GL Cohort Band 3, 40+
Previous Years
Lowest Band 2017 – Band 4
Lowest Band 2016 – Band 4
Lowest Grade 2015 –  unknown
Lowest Grade 2014 – unknown

Victoria College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 243
Approved Enrolment – 110
Lowest Score / Grade 2018 – AQE 94, GL C1 (Band 4)
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – Band 5
Lowest Band 2016 – Band 4
Lowest Grade 2015 – AQE 99, GL 40
Lowest Grade 2014 – AQE 94, GL D

Wellington College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 243
Approved Enrolment – 110
Lowest Grade 2018 – AQE 94-98, GL Cohort 30-39
Previous Years
Lowest Score /Grade 2017 – AQE 88, GL C1
Lowest Band 2016 – Band 4

Lowest Score 2015 – AQE 94
Lowest Score 2014 – AQE 94

Schools – where GL scores / grades are used:

Abbey Christian Brother’s Grammar School (Newry)
Total Applications – 173
Approved Enrolment – 125
Lowest Grade 2018 – B1
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C1

Lowest Grade 2016 – B1
Lowest Grade 2015 – B1
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School (Belfast)
Total Applications – 178
Approved Enrolment – 110
Lowest Grade 2018 – A
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – A

Lowest Grade 2016 – A
Lowest Grade 2015 – A
Lowest Grade 2014 – A

Assumption Grammar School (Ballynahinch)
Total Applications – 173
Approved Enrolment – 120
Lowest Grade 2018 – B2
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C1
Lowest Grade 2016 – B2
Lowest Grade 2015 – B2
Lowest Grade 2014 – C2

Christian Brothers School (Omagh)
Total Applications – 156
Approved Enrolment – 135
Lowest Grade 2018 – D
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C2
Lowest Grade 2016 – D
Lowest Grade 2015 – C1
Lowest Grade 2014 – D

Dominican College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 195
Approved Enrolment – 150
Lowest Grade 2018 – C1
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C2

Lowest Grade 2016 – C2
Lowest Grade 2015 – C1
Lowest Grade 2014 – C2

Dominican College (Portstewart)
Total Applications – 131
Approved Enrolment – 100
Lowest Grade 2018 – C1
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C2

Lowest Grade 2016 – C1
Lowest Grade 2015 – C2
Lowest Grade 2014 – C1

Loreto Grammar School (Omagh)
Total Applications – 146
Approved Enrolment – 125
Lowest Score 2018 – 228
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 222
Lowest Score 2016 – 221
Lowest Score 2015 – 216
Lowest Score 2014 – 217

Lumen Christi College (Derry / Londonderry)
Total Applications – 188
Approved Enrolment – 120
Lowest Score 2018 – 248
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 246
Lowest Score 2016 – 244
Lowest Score 2015 – 245
Lowest Score 2014 – 250

Mount Lourdes Grammar School (Enniskillen)
Total Applications – 114
Approved Enrolment – 96
Lowest Grade 2018 – B2
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – B2
Lowest Grade 2016 – C2
Lowest Grade 2015 – B2
Lowest Grade 2014 – C1

Our Lady’s Grammar School (Newry)
Total Applications – 126
Approved Enrolment – 120
Lowest Grade 2018 – Pending
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – B1
Lowest Grade 2016 – B1
Lowest Grade 2015 – B1
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

Our Lady & St Patrick’s College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 231
Approved Enrolment – 180
Lowest Grade 2018 – A
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – A (234)

Lowest Grade 2016 – A
Lowest Score 2015 – 234
Lowest Score 2014 – 242

Rainey Endowed School (Magherafelt)
Total Applications – 150
Approved Enrolment – 100
Lowest Score 2018 – 227
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 228
Lowest Score 2016 – 226

Lowest Score 2015 – 223
Lowest Score 2014 – 225

Rathmore Grammar School (Belfast)
Total Applications – 247
Approved Enrolment – 180
Lowest Grade 2018 – A
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – A
Lowest Grade 2016 – A
Lowest Grade 2015 – A
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

Sacred Heart Grammar (Newry)
Total Applications – 140
Approved Enrolment – 120
Lowest Grade 2018 – C1
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – A
Lowest Grade 2016 – A
Lowest Grade 2015 – B1
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

St Colman’s College (Newry)
Total Applications – 186
Approved Enrolment – 125
Lowest Grade 2018 – Pending
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C1
Lowest Grade 2016 – A
Lowest Grade 2015 – B1
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

St Columb’s College (Derry / Londonderry)
Total Applications – 224
Approved Enrolment – 220
Lowest Grade 2018 – D
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017- D
Lowest Grade 2016 – D

Lowest Grade 2015 – D
Lowest Grade 2014 – C1

St Dominic’s High School (Belfast)
Total Applications – 203
Approved Enrolment – 141
Lowest Grade 2018 – B1
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – B1
Lowest Grade 2016 – B1

Lowest Score 2015 – 231
Lowest Score 2014 – 224

St. Joseph’s Grammar School (Donaghmore)
Total Applications – 108
Approved Enrolment – 95
Lowest Grade 2018 – Pending
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – B1
Lowest Grade 2016 – A
Lowest Grade 2015 – A
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

St Louis Grammar School (Ballymena)
Total Applications – 177
Approved Enrolment – 139
Lowest Score 2018 – 225
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 230
Lowest Score 2016 – 230

Lowest Score 2015 – 226
Lowest Score 2014 – 225

St Louis Grammar School (Kilkeel)
Total Applications – 106
Approved Enrolment – 130
Lowest Grade 2018 – D
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – D
Lowest Grade 2016 – C1

Lowest Grade 2015 – C1
Lowest Grade 2014 – C2

St Malachy’s College (Belfast)
Total Applications – 272
Approved Enrolment – 150
Lowest Grade 2018 – A
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – B1
Lowest Grade 2016 – C1

Lowest Grade 2015 – B1
Lowest Grade 2014 – B1

St. Mary’s Christian Brother’s Grammar (Belfast)
Total Applications – 285
Approved Enrolment – 175
Lowest Grade 2018 – C2
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – D
Lowest Grade 2016 – D

Lowest Grade 2015 – D
Lowest Grade 2014 – D

St Mary’s Grammar School (Magherafelt)
Total Applications – 211
Approved Enrolment – 153
Lowest Grade 2018 – B1
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C1
Lowest Grade 2016 – B2

Lowest Score 2015 – 228
Lowest Grade 2014 – B2

St Michael’s College (Enniskillen)
Total Applications – 111
Approved Enrolment – 100
Lowest Grade 2018 – D
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – D
Lowest Grade 2016 – D

Lowest Score 2015 – 202
Lowest Grade 2014 – B2

St Patrick’s Academy (Dungannon)
Total Applications – 249
Approved Enrolment – 189
Lowest Score 2018 – 225
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 230
Lowest Score 2016 – 229

Lowest Score 2015 – 224
Lowest Grade 2014 – D

Thornhill College (Derry / Londonderry)
Total Applications – 240
Approved Enrolment – 200
Lowest Grade 2018 – Pending
Previous Years
Lowest Grade 2017 – C1
Lowest Grade 2016 – C2

Lowest Grade 2015 – C1
Lowest Grade 2014 – B2

Schools – where AQE scores are used:

Ballyclare High School (Ballyclare)
Total Applications – 222
Approved Enrolment – 186
Lowest Score 2018 – 89
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 54*

*This score of 54 may look very low but this year they had 186 applications and 186 approved enrolment, so in 2017 they were able to take everyone who applied and the lowest score of all the applications was 54.
Lowest Score 2016- 97
Lowest Score 2015 – 98
Lowest Score 2014 – 96

Ballymena Academy (Ballymena)
Total Applications – 241
Approved Enrolment – 176
Lowest Score 2018 – 95
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 81
Lowest Score 2016 – 94

Lowest Score 2015 – unknown
Lowest Score 2014 – unknown

Banbridge Academy (Banbridge)
Total Applications – 231
Approved Enrolment – 184
Lowest Score 2018 – 101
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 99
Lowest Score 2016 – 102

Lowest Score 2015 – 102
Lowest Score 2014 – 99

Bangor Grammar (Bangor)
Total Applications – 162
Approved Enrolment – 125
Lowest Score 2018 – 97
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 100
Lowest Grade 2016 – 102

Lowest Grade 2015 – 98
Lowest Grade 2014 – 101

Belfast High School (Belfast)
Total Applications – 194
Approved Enrolment – 136
Lowest Score 2018 – 101
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 99
Lowest Score 2016 – 101

Lowest Grade 2015 – 95
Lowest Grade 2014 – 99

Belfast Royal Academy (Belfast)
Total Applications – 311
Approved Enrolment – 200
Lowest Score 2018 – 100
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 99
Lowest Score 2016 – 97

Lowest Grade 2015 – 97
Lowest Grade 2014 – 99

Bloomfield Collegiate (Belfast)
Total Applications – 190
Approved Enrolment – 100
Lowest Score 2018 – 92
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 90
Lowest Score 2016 – 85

Lowest Grade 2015 – 90
Lowest Grade 2014 – 91

Cambridge House Grammar (Ballymena)
Total Applications – 199
Approved Enrolment – 140
Lowest Score 2018 – 86
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 85
Lowest Score 2016 – 87

Lowest Score 2015 – 85
Lowest Score 2014 – 84

Carrickfergus Grammar (Carrickfergus)
Total Applications – 170
Approved Enrolment – 116
Lowest Score 2018 – 96
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 95
Lowest Score 2016 – 97

Lowest Grade 2015 – 80
Lowest Grade 2014 – 94

Coleraine Grammar School (Coleraine)
Total Applications – 197
Approved Enrolment – 156
Lowest Score 2018 – 90
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 86
Lowest Score 2016 – 94

Lowest Grade 2015 – 92
Lowest Grade 2014 – unknown

Dalriada School (Ballymoney)
Total Applications – 174
Approved Enrolment – 125
Lowest Score 2018 – 103
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 104
Lowest Score 2016 – 105

Lowest Grade 2015 – 101
Lowest Grade 2014 – 103

Down High School (Downpatrick)
Total Applications – 182
Approved Enrolment – 128
Lowest Score 2018 – 97
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 77
Lowest Score 2016 – 100

Lowest Grade 2015 – 98
Lowest Grade 2014 – 101

Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (Enniskillen)
Total Applications – 146
Approved Enrolment – 130
Lowest Score 2018 – 93
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 95
Lowest Score 2016 – 94
Lowest Grade 2015 – Collegiate AQE 63, Portora GL 214
Lowest Grade 2014 – Collegiate AQE 98, Portora GL 206

Foyle College (Derry / Londonderry)
Total Applications – 175
Approved Enrolment – 126
Lowest Score 2018 – 92
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 88
Lowest Score 2016 – 86

Lowest Grade 2015 – 83
Lowest Grade 2014 – 77

Friends School (Lisburn)
Total Applications – 243
Approved Enrolment – 140
Lowest Score 2018 – 106
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 106
Lowest Score 2016 – 106

Lowest Grade 2015 – 106
Lowest Grade 2014 – 106

Glenlola Collegiate (Bangor)
Total Applications – 221
Approved Enrolment – 157
Lowest Score 2018 – 90
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 85
Lowest Score 2016 – 80

Lowest Grade 2015 – 91
Lowest Grade 2014 – 90

Grosvenor Grammar (Belfast)
Total Applications – 227
Approved Enrolment – 155
Lowest Score 2018 – 102
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 102
Lowest Score 2016 – 101

Lowest Grade 2015 – 76
Lowest Grade 2014 – 104

Larne Grammar (Larne)
Total Applications – 137
Approved Enrolment – 110
Lowest Score 2018 – 92
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 93
Lowest Score 2016 – 92

Lowest Grade 2015 – 86
Lowest Grade 2014 – 90

Limavady Grammar (Limavady)
Total Applications – 157
Approved Enrolment – 130
Lowest Score 2018 – 92
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 88
Lowest Score 2016 – 86

Lowest Grade 2015 – 86
Lowest Grade 2014 – 87

Methodist College Belfast
Total Applications – 322
Approved Enrolment – 240
Lowest Score 2018 – 95
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 95
Lowest Score 2016 – 100

Lowest Grade 2015 – 100
Lowest Grade 2014 – 95

Omagh Academy (Omagh)
Total Applications – 104
Approved Enrolment – 95
Lowest Score 2018 – 83
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 81
Lowest Score 2016 – 89

Lowest Grade 2015 – 63
Lowest Grade 2014 – 90

Regent House (Newtownards)
Total Applications – 289
Approved Enrolment – 210
Lowest Score 2018 – 99
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 97
Lowest Score 2016 – 99

Lowest Grade 2015 – 94
Lowest Grade 2014 – 98

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (Belfast)
Total Applications – 228
Approved Enrolment – 150
Lowest Score 2018 – 94
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 93
Lowest Score 2016 – 94

Lowest Grade 2015 – 94
Lowest Grade 2014 – 91

Royal School Armagh 
Total Applications – 136
Approved Enrolment – 100
Lowest Score 2018 – 98
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 92
Lowest Score 2016 – 102

Lowest Grade 2015 – unknown
Lowest Grade 2014 – unknown

Royal School Dungannon 
Total Applications – 113
Approved Enrolment – 93
Lowest Score 2018 – 82
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 81
Lowest Score 2016 – 91

Lowest Grade 2015 – 92
Lowest Grade 2014 – 72

Strabane Academy (Strabane)
Total Applications – 91
Approved Enrolment – 110
Lowest Score 2018 – 61*
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 74

Lowest Score 2016 – 82
Lowest Grade 2015 – 98
Lowest Grade 2014 – 101

Strathearn School (Belfast)
Total Applications – 166
Approved Enrolment – 110
Lowest Score 2018 – 100
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – Band 96 – 102
Lowest Score 2016 – 102

Lowest Score 2015 – 104
Lowest Score 2014 – 98

Sullivan Upper School (Holywood)
Total Applications – 213
Approved Enrolment – 150
Lowest Score 2018 – 103
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – 99
Lowest Score 2016 – 98

Lowest Grade 2015 – 102
Lowest Grade 2014 – 100

Wallace High School (Lisburn)
Total Applications – 267
Approved Enrolment – 170
Lowest Score 2018 – 101
Previous Years
Lowest Score 2017 – Band 101-105
Lowest Score 2016 – 101-105

Lowest Grade 2015 – 94
Lowest Grade 2014 – 94

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