ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

 

ADMISSION TO YEAR 11


The lodging of an application for a place at Lurgan College (the School) is interpreted by the Board of Governors as an indication that the parents and the pupil concerned accept and are in agreement with the ethos, philosophy, aims, policies and regulations of the school, including the School’s Discipline Policy. Information in relation to this may be obtained from the School.


In the event of more applications being received for admission to Year 11 in September 2018 than there are places available, the following criteria for admission will be applied until the School’s admissions number is met. The application of the criteria below is subject to the rules on Special Circumstances and Special Provisions set out below.


In accordance with statutory requirements, in applying the criteria and sub-criteria set out below, any child resident in Northern Ireland at the time of the proposed admission to the School will be selected for admission to the School before any child not so resident. The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form/Transfer Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents by the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of the school to offer a place.


CRITERION 1


The Admissions Committee of the Board of Governors (the ‘Admissions Committee’) will select children on the basis of rank order, with higher scores preceding lower ones; those children with a better academic achievement will achieve a higher place in the rank order than children with a lesser academic achievement. Selection will be based on the following evidence:
a. For children attending Lurgan Junior High School (LJHS): academic evidence from the March/April 2018 examinations taken whilst attending LJHS. Such evidence is to be provided to the School no later than 4 May 2018; It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to ensure that the School is provided with the necessary information about their child’s academic performance in the said examinations (as will be available from LJHS). This information/report must be provided to the School no later than 4 May 2018.

b. For children who do not attend LJHS and do not meet the criteria for ‘Special Provisions’: the Admissions Committee will consider all available evidence about the level of academic ability of each of those children. Such evidence must be of sufficient detail and quality to allow the Admissions Committee to place her/him in the rank order as referred to in this criterion. The evidence must always include the most recent report provided by the child’s transferring school (if such a report exists) and may include an assessment of the child’s academic ability provided by the head teacher of the child’s transferring school.

 

If it is deemed necessary, the Admissions Committee may also request an assessment of the child’s abilities to be carried out by a qualified educational psychologist [or other suitably qualified person or body] approved by the School. If such an assessment is carried out, the child will be considered on the basis of this assessment as well as the academic evidence, as set out in the preceding paragraph, made available to the School. The admissions criteria will then be applied to that child in the same manner as to all other children seeking admission to the School.

 

By way of example only, the Admissions Committee may request such an assessment in the following circumstances:

  • Where the available academic evidence is not of sufficient detail and quality to allow the Admissions Committee to place the child in the rank order;
  • Where the child does not meet the criteria for ‘Special Provisions’ but is currently attending a school outside Northern Ireland.

It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to ensure that the School is provided with the necessary information about their child’s performance as referred to above. This information/report must be provided to the School no later than 4 May 2018.

If, on the application of this criterion, two or more children tie for the last available place, the following admissions sub-criteria will be applied to the children in the order given below. The Admissions Committee will apply these criteria on behalf of the Board of Governors.

Sub-criterion 1

Preference will be given to a child who, at the time of application, attends Lurgan Junior High School.

Sub-criterion 2

Preference will be given to a child who, at the time of application, has a child of the family enrolled at the School OR who, at the time of application, is the eldest child of his/her family eligible to apply for admission to the School.

Sub-criterion 3

Preference will be given to a child for whom the School is the nearest suitable, non-denominational grammar school.

Sub-criterion 4

A child will be selected for admission on the basis of the initial letter of his/her surname (as entered on his/her birth certificate) in the order set out below:

H W Q P S O Y M T D C A R I G J X L Z F N V E B K U

In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the initial letter of the first of the forenames (as entered on his / her birth certificate) will be used.

Sub-criterion 5

Preference will be given to an older child, as established by the date of birth entered on his/her birth certificate.

Sub-criterion 6

A child who is selected through the use of a computerised random selection programme will be selected for admission to the School.


SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE

If:

A child’s place in the rank order referred to in Criterion 1 has been adversely affected by medical or other problems which have impacted on his/her academic performance, documentary evidence of these special circumstances must be provided to the School by the child’s parents/guardians no later than 8 May 2018.

This evidence must include:

  1. Precise details of this problem, with independent evidence to corroborate its existence and its effect on the child’s academic performance;
  2. If the problem is of a medical nature, appropriate medical certificate(s). In particular, where a medical problem was one of short duration which affected the child during examinations, the School will require the production of evidence that the child was examined by a medical practitioner in relation to the illness at the time of the examination;
  3. If it exists, evidence of the child’s academic performance in Years 8, 9 and 10;

 

If appropriate, accredited assessments, including assessments by qualified educational psychologists.


SPECIAL PROVISIONS


Special Provisions apply to:

(a) Children whose parents/guardians wish them to transfer from schools outside Northern Ireland; parents/guardians may wish to include educational evidence such as the child’s academic performance in Years 8, 9 and 10.

(b) Children who have received more than half of their education to date outside Northern Ireland; parents/guardians may wish to include educational evidence such as the child’s academic performance in Years 8, 9 and 10.

(c) Children, who because of a serious medical or other issue, were unable to participate in any educational assessment. Parents must indicate to the School the precise reason why the pupil did not participate in any educational assessment. This must be supported by appropriate independent verifiable documentary evidence such as required at i, ii and iv above.

 

Parents/guardians who wish their child to apply to the School under Special Provisions must provide the appropriate documentary evidence to the School no later than 8 May 2018.

 

NOTES ON SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES / SPECIAL PROVISIONS

On the basis of the evidence provided by the parents/guardians, the Admissions Committee will, in its absolute discretion, decide if a child has been affected by Special Circumstances or is one to whom Special Provisions apply. The Admission Committee will assess children in either of these categories based on the medical and academic evidence made available to the School. It is, therefore, important that those seeking such qualification make sure that the relevant material and evidence is submitted, setting out clearly the reason for these Special Circumstances or Special Provisions to apply. The onus is on parents/guardians to ensure that the above information is provided to the School by the relevant date. Failure to provide such information by the relevant date may result in the School being unable to consider the application for Special Circumstances or Special Provisions.

 

If it is decided that a child has been affected by Special Circumstances or is subject to Special Provisions, the Admissions Committee will determine, on the basis of all available evidence, the level of academic ability of that child and place her/him in the rank order referred to in Criterion 1. The Admissions Committee may also request an assessment of the child’s abilities to be carried out by a qualified educational psychologist [or other suitably qualified person or body] approved by the School. If such an assessment is carried out, the child will be judged on the basis of this assessment as well as the medical and academic evidence made available to the School. The admissions criteria will then be applied to that child in the same manner as to all other children seeking admission to the School.

 

Please note that judgement of the importance of the documentation forwarded in support of Special Circumstances or Special Provisions will be at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. The existence of Special Circumstances or Special Provisions does not in itself lead to automatic admission to the School. Each case is considered on its own merits by the Admissions Committee.