Extra School Places 2019

It’s been widely reported in various news channels that over 1000 extra school places were put in place in post-primary schools across Northern Ireland, to cater for the extra pupil numbers in September 2019.

I was curious about how these extra places were allocated and so I wrote to the Department of Education for clarification. In response I received a very comprehensive and polite letter providing the exact detail I (and others) were looking for, so I trust you’ll find this interesting.

Extra Places Allocated Before Transfer Process

The letter explained that the “Department of Education decided to increase admissions at a number of schools across Northern Ireland for September 2019 admission before the commencement of the transfer procedure. This unprecedented move was taken because of the significant growth in the size of the cohort transferring to post-primary education in 2019. It was decided that increasing the number of places available in this way would ensure we maximised the number of children who secured places during the admissions procedure.” 

These increases can be seen below in Table 1.

Table 1: Before Transfer Process

SCHOOL NAMEEXTRA
ANTRIM GRAMMAR SCHOOL8
ASHFIELD GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL 17
ASHFIELD BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL 20
AQUINAS DIOCESAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL 20
BELFAST MODEL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 20
BANGOR ACADEMY AND 6TH FORM COLLEGE 40
DROMORE HIGH SCHOOL12
GLASTRY COLLEGE10
HAZELWOOD COLLEGE 40
LAGAN COLLEGE20
LISNAGARVEY HIGH SCHOOL30
NENDRUM COLLEGE3
ST PIUS X COLLEGE
20
STRATHEARN SCHOOL
10
PRIORY INTEGRATED COLLEGE23
REGENT HOUSE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
30
ST COLUMBANUS’ COLLEGE
15
ST PATRICK’S ACADEMY15
ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE20
STRANGFORD INTEGRATED COLLEGE
40
TOTAL413

Extra Places Allocated Through Temporary Variation Process

It also went on to explain that, “The Department’s objective in this exercise was to provide sufficient places across Northern Ireland to allow the admissions and TV (temporary variation) processes to conclude successfully, thereby maximising the number of children placed during the procedure and minimising the stress caused by families having to seek a school place in June.” 

Therefore, as expected and planned for, additional places were also provided through the normal temporary variation process, where grammar and high schools request extra places in line with the normal procedure.

These increases can be seen in Table 2.

Table 2: Through TV Process

NAME OF SCHOOLExtra
Places
Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar, Newry 6
Antrim Grammar School 17
Ashfield Boys’, Belfast 13
Ashfield Girls’, Belfast 1
Assumption, Ballynahinch 13
Ballyclare Secondary School 14
Ballymoney High School 3
Bangor Academy 17
Bangor Grammar School 5
Bloomfield Collegiate, Belfast 6
Colaiste Feirste47
Cullybackey College 2
Dalriada School, Ballymoney 4
Dean Maguirc, Carrickmore 4
Dominican College, Belfast 11
Down High, Downpatrick 8
Dunclug College, Ballymena 23
Edmund Rice, Glengormley 21
Glastry College, Newtownards 5
Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor 2
Hunterhouse College, Belfast 15
Integrated College Dungannon 4
Limavady High 6
Lisneal College, Derry 5
Loreto College2
Malone Integrated College10
Markethill High School 7
Mercy College, Belfast 17
Methodist College, Belfast 10
New-Bridge Integrated College Banbridge 5
Newtownhamilton High School 4
Our Lady & St Patrick’s, Belfast 10
Parkhall Integrated College, Antrim 33
Rainey Endowed, Magherafelt 15
RBAI (Belfast Inst)5
Saintfield High School4
Slemish College, Ballymena 5
Sperrin Integrated College, Magherafelt 27
St Catherine’s College, Armagh 21
St Cecilia’s College, Derry 6
St Ciaran’s High, Ballygawley 9
St Colm’s High, Draperstown 14
St Dominic’s, Belfast25
St Fanchea’s, Enniskillen 1
St Joseph’s Grammar School23
St Joseph’s High, Crossmaglen 10
St Killian’s College, Carnlough 11
St Louis Grammar, Ballymena 10
St Malachy’s College, Belfast 20
St Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint 9
St Mary’s College, Derry 18
St Mary’s High School, Newry 4
St Mary’s, Magherafelt 13
St Patrick’s College, Maghera 21
St Patrick’s Grammar School7
St Patrick’s High, Keady 7
St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook 64
St Pius X College, Magherafelt 11
Thornhill College1
Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus 10
Victoria College, Belfast 5
Wallace High School, Lisburn 6
TOTAL732

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