Admission – Entry into Year 8

Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to the school

The Board of Governors, while retaining final approval, will delegate to an Admissions Committee, consisting of the College Principal and at least two other College Governors, the task of applying the criteria.

Transferring pupils will be considered to be in one of four categories, namely ‘Catholic tradition’ (Category 1), ‘Protestant tradition’ (Category 2), ‘other non-Christian religious beliefs’ which means religious beliefs other than those encompassed in ‘Catholic tradition’ and ‘Protestant tradition’ (Category 3), or ‘of no specific religious belief’ which is self-explanatory (Category 4).

The Category applicable to each transferring pupil will be determined, in strict order, by the religious affiliation noted on or attached to the official NEELB Transfer Report Form (the Green Form): or, where none has been noted on this form, information supplied by the transferring pupil’s parent/guardian directly to the College via the College’s ‘Pupil Information Form’; or, where none has been noted on this form, ‘Catholic Tradition’ (Category 1) for pupils transferring from CCMS schools, and ‘Protestant Tradition’ (Category 2) for transferring pupils from all other schools.

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will follow the above outlined procedures precisely.  Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form, pupil information form or attached to either of them. 

The College will admit 80 pupils in total. The admissions criteria will be applied within each of the four categories as follows:

Step 1:       Allocate equally from Categories 1 and 2 until 72 places have been thus allocated or until either one or other of those Categories is exhausted.

Step 2:       Allocate, initially, up to 4 places from Category 3.

Step 3:       Allocate, initially, up to 4 places from Category 4.

Step 4:       Allocating just one place at a time, starting at Category 1 and working in sequence through Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4, allocate from those Categories which still have transferring pupils, until 80 places in total have been allocated.

In order to facilitate the proper application of criteria, the Board of Governors requests parents to complete a Pupil Information Form. Parents should also use the Official Transfer Form (the Green Form) to provide information to assist the College in the application of its criteria. This should include the child’s preferred religious category. The College’s ‘Pupil Information Form’ is available from the College Secretary.

The College will acknowledge receipt of this form within 7 working days.

Admissions Criteria.

Parents of transferring pupils should note that they may be required to produce documents verifying their address or the age of the child concerned. The provision of false or incorrect information relating to the address or age of the child or the failure to provide verifying documents according to the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of this College to offer a place.

In the event that there are more applications at a particular Step than there are places available, the Board of Governors has determined that the following criteria shall be applied in the order set down:-

  1. Transferring pupils who are currently in Primary 7 of a grant-maintained integrated primary school or a controlled Integrated Primary School, as defined in the Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.
  2. Transferring pupils who have a brother or sister or foster brother/sister currently attending this College. Half brother/sisters and step brothers/sisters will only be admitted under this criterion if they reside at the same address as the applicant.
  3. Transferring pupils who have had a brother or sister or foster brother/sister enrolled in this college. Half brother/sisters and step brothers/sisters will only be admitted under this criterion if they reside at the same address as the applicant.
  4. Transferring pupils who are the first child in the family to transfer to post-primary education since the establishment of Ulidia Integrated College in 1997.
  5. Parents/Guardians of transferring pupils who can demonstrate a commitment to Integrated Education. (See note 1)
  6. Transferring pupils whose parent/guardian is an employee of, or member of, the Board of Governors of Ulidia Integrated College or who is due to take up an appointment in the forthcoming academic year.
  7. Other Applicants.

In the event of over-subscription in the last criterion that can be applied at each stage of the process, selection for places will be on the basis of the initial letter of the surname of the child wishing to transfer, with the child being selected in the order set out below.

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

The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters. These letters will also be used in the event of a tie occurring at any of the above admissions stages. In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the surnames will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the letter of the first forename appearing on the transfer form will be used. Hyphenated surnames, consisting of two separate surnames will be treated as one complete word for selection purposes.

Note I:

Demonstration of commitment to Integrated Education (Criterion 5 above) will be measured only by the following;

  • The submission of a Pupil Information Form for Ulidia or any other integrated college; Please note: it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that this is noted on the Transfer Form; and/or
  • membership or employee of the Integrated Education Fund, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, All Children Together, any Integrated Education Trust; and /or
  • Membership of the Board of Governors or employee of any other integrated college.

If Criterion 5 is applicable to parents of transferring pupils, they are asked to state clearly their commitment to integrated education, as defined in Note 1 above, on the Transfer Report Form.

Year 8 Applications and Admissions

 

Year

Admissions No.

Total Applications All Preferences

Total Admissions

2010/11

80

134

80

2011/12

80

132

80

2012/13

80

131

81

This table does not include children who were admitted to the school with a statement of special educational needs.

 

Waiting Lists:

The college’s policy on the consideration of applications after the Transfer Procedure concludes towards the end of May 2013 is available directly from the school or can be accessed on our school website at www.ulidiacollege.com