Dominican College Transfer 2016- 2017 arrangements

On the evening of Monday 16th May, Ms Ronan, Dominican principal, spoke to a large group of P6 parents and pupils about the arrangements for transferring to Dominican in September 2017. The arrangements are slightly different this year as the enrolment for 2017 will rise to 100 places. 69 of these places will be selected on academic performance in the GL assessment; the remaining 31 places will be allocated on non-academic criteria. Ms Ronan was keen to stress that pupils who apply to sit the entrance assessment can potentially apply for any of the 100 places; pupils who do not sit the assessment can only access the additional 31 places in 2017.

Dominican College will continue to band pupils into Grades and use additional criteria in allocating the 69 places. The 31 additional places will be allocated on non- academic criteria- it is proposed that these will include: pupils who make Dominican College first choice, Pupils who have a current sibling at the school, pupils who have had a sibling at the school in the past, eldest child and date of birth.

Registration packs were given out on Monday night and additional packs are available either by contacting the school office (02870832715) or by downloading from the website.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any information regarding this year’s transfer arrangements.

Key dates and information for Transfer 2016-2017


The registration process for pupils intending to sit the entrance assessment commenced on 16th May 2016 and will close by September 23rd 2016. Pupils must apply within this period. To register Pupils will need to provide a photographic proof of ID and provide a birth certificate; this will be copied and returned. Parents should also provide contact details including an email address to facilitate communication and updates regarding the transfer process. There is no charge for either registration or sitting the entrance assessment and the GL assessment that we use tests what pupils are taught within the KS2 Maths and English Curriculum.

Registration forms are also available from the website. Please click here for details.

Information day

There will be a second information meeting to recap on Monday night’s information at 10.00 A.M on Saturday 10th September. Pupils and parents will be able to visit some of the rooms where pupils will sit the entrance assessment on this morning.

Familiarisation days

From Monday 24th October to Thursday 27th October the school will be open to allow pupils sitting the assessment the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the rooms being used for the assessment. Pupils and parents can visit between 4.00 and 5.00 on these days. It is our intention in 2016, as in previous years, to use classrooms for the assessment rather than the assembly hall.

Entrance Assessment day

Saturday 19th November is the date of this year’s entrance assessment.
* Pupils should arrive in school from 8.45- 9.00 A.M. in school uniform.
* They will be taken to their classroom in their school group at 9.30 A.M
* All stationery will be provided .Pupils may also bring their own stationery.
* After an introduction and practice questions the English paper will begin at 10.00 A.M and will last for 50 Minutes.
* Pupils will be escorted back to the hall for break
* They will be provided with a drink and a snack within their school group in the hall.
* Pupils can bring their own snacks if they wish.
* Pupils will return to their classroom to go through the Mathematics practice paper cat 11.30 AM.
* The Mathematics paper will begin at 11.40 and will last for 45 minutes.
* Parents can collect their children from 12.30 P.M
* It is our intention to ensure that all pupils are safely and happily returned to their parents and there will be designated collection points for different schools

Open Nights

P6 and P7 pupils are invited to attend either of our Open Nights which will be held on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th January 2017. Each night will begin at 7.00 P.M with the principal’s address followed by tours of the school.
More information on the school can be found by clicking the following link to our school prospectus.
Additional dates (More information on these dates is included in the registration pack)
Monday 28th November 2016: Final date of application to sit the supplementary paper.
Saturday 10th December 2016: Date of supplementary paper- this follows the same timetable as the 19th November.
Friday 16th December 2016: Deadline for applications claiming special circumstances.
Saturday 27th January 2017: Results of GL assessment will arrive with pupils.
Friday 10th February 2017: Deadline for request for re marks.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all prospective parents for registering pupils for the entrance assessment and wish all the best to all the pupils who will take part in this year’s process.