Information Relating to Transfer

Strabane Academy is a controlled Grammar School which is made up of pupils from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, race, or social status. We are proud of the high level of integration which is evident through the diversity of our pupils and seek to be inclusive in all of our activities. Our caring ethos, pastoral activities and induction programme provide excellent support and help lay the foundations for future success and happiness.

We admit pupils who will achieve a very high level of academic success in GCSE’s and at A level and we also admit pupils whose talents are less academic and who will follow a more vocational pathway in their education. When compared to other Grammar Schools this makes us very unique and great care should therefore be taken when comparing like for like exam results.

Each year we are able to track how the pupils admitted via selection have performed in their GCSE’s and it is both pleasing and reassuring to note that each year their results have been above the Northern Ireland average for Grammar schools and they have also outperformed many of the other Grammar schools within the North West. For a copy of these results please visit and click on the results tab.

In the absence of regulation and the sustained demand from parents, Strabane Academy will continue to use academic ability as a criterion for admission for 50% of our pupils. This ability will be determined by the use of the Common Entrance Assessment developed by the Association for Quality Education (AQE) of which we are a member school and a centre for sitting the test. This exam is based on the work the pupils are doing in their primary schools, specifically in English and Maths and our classes are subsequently streamed according to the score obtained from the assessment and/or other information received from the feeder Primary Schools.

In keeping with our integrated school ethos, we also accept scores from pupils who sit the GL Assessment, although we are not an exam centre for this test and this is reflected in our Admissions Criteria, which will be published in the new school year.

For more information on next year’s entrance exam please come along to our  our information evening or go to the AQE website.

Key Dates and Information

  • 3 May -AQE forms available
  • 9 September. last date for AQE registration
  • 27 October. Familiarisation evening
  • 12, 26 of November and 3 December. Assessment dates
  • December 2016 -January 2017, visit schools
  • 28 January. 2017 publication of results
  • February. –March complete Transfer forms