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Admissions Criteria

ST COLUMBANUS’ COLLEGE

MAINTAINED CO-ED SECONDARY SCHOOL

BALLYMACONNELL ROAD

AGE RANGE: 11-18

BANGOR

ADMISSIONS NO: 115

BT20 5PU

ENROLMENT NO: 670

 

                                                                                                       

Principal: Mr Liam Perry BEd DASE BA MSSc ACEdMan PQH

Telephone No: 028 91270927

Chairperson Board of Governors: Mr Pat McCartan CBE MSc Dist. CFIPD

Fax No: 028 9127 3731

 

Email: info@stcolumbanuscollege.bangor.ni.sch.uk

 

             

 

 

OPEN EVENING INFORMATION

Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7.00pm - Parents and P7 pupils are welcome to attend.

 

 

RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL

 

The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee the responsibility for applying these criteria.  The Principal is a member of the Board of Governors and the Admissions Sub-Committee.  The Admissions Criteria is reviewed annually.

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

 

In the event that there are more applications than there are places available the following criteria will be applied in the order set down:

 

1      Pupils from any Catholic Maintained Primary School in Northern Ireland;

 

2      Pupils from any other Primary School in Northern Ireland who nominate St Columbanus’ College as their 1st Preference.

 

3    All other pupils transferring to Post-Primary Education.

 

In the event of the College being oversubscribed at a particular criterion, preference will be given in the following order of priority:-

 

  1. Pupils who at the time of application are siblings of present pupils enrolled in the College.

 

  1. Pupils who are the only child in the family or who are the eldest eligible child to apply to Post Primary School.  (Eligible means that on admission the pupil will be the eldest child in Post Primary School)

 

  1. Final placement will be determined on distance by foot from home to College as measured using maps.google.co.uk.

 

The criteria relating to the initial admission of pupils into Year 8 before the commencement of the 2018 school year will also be used for entry into Year 8 should admission become possible after the commencement of the 2018  school year.

 

DUTY TO VERIFY

 

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on the Transfer Form.

 

The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by the school can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Transfer Form.

 

 WAITING LIST POLICY

The College maintains a Waiting List for applicants in all year groups.

 

  • When a place becomes available in Year 8 this will immediately be filled by the pupil who is top of the waiting list for that year group as determined through application of our normal admissions criteria for Year 8.

 

  • In Years 9 to 12 available places will be filled according to the College’s published “Criteria for transfer between schools (Years 9 – 12)” which can be accessed on our College website.

 

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

 

Year

Admissions No

Total Applications ie. All preferences

Total Admissions

2016/17

115

116

116

2017/18

115

121

117

2018/19

115

214

131

CRITERIA FOR TRANSFER BETWEEN SCHOOLS (YEARS 9 – 12)


Applications for pupils seeking enrolment for Years 9 – 12 will be determined using the following criteria and subsequent considerations of the Board of Governors of the College.


CRITERIA
1. Continuity of Faith Based Education.


2. Pupils who have a sibling enrolled in the College.


3. Pupils who are the eldest child eligible to transfer to the College.


4. Other applicants.
If following the application of the above criteria there comes a point where more applicants meet a particular criterion than there are places available, preference will be given to applicants who live nearest to the College measured using maps.google.co.uk which gives a measurement of distance from the home to the College.


Application of the above criteria will be made in the context of the following considerations by Governors:

  • A pupil may be considered for enrolment provided that, in the Board of Governors’ opinion, this would not prejudice the provision of efficient use of the College’s resources.
  • A pupil may be considered for enrolment provided that, in the Board of Governors’ opinion, this would not prejudice the provision of efficient education in the College.
  • The Board of Governors will consider the needs of the particular pupil seeking entry to the College and decide whether it is in the College’s and pupil’s best interest to transfer.