Academic selection scrapped for 2021 by five Northern Ireland grammars: reports

Five Catholic grammar schools in Northern Ireland have said they will not use transfer tests to select pupils for 2021.

The schools in County Down said they had made the move “in light of the current circumstances”, the BBC reports.

None of the five schools will use the transfer test run by the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) set by GL Assessment this year as a result.

The move comes after calls from a number of quarters, including the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, and the Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma not to use tests due to schooling disruption, Belfast Live said.

Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart Grammar School, and St Colman’s College which are all in Newry, and St Louis Grammar School, in Kilkeel, announced the move in a letter to parents.

Over 20 other Catholic grammar schools who use the transfer tests run by the PPTC have yet to announce if they will also change their admissions procedure for 2021.

Around 30 other grammar schools in Northern Ireland use the transfer test set by AQE to admit pupils.

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