TWO OF Fermanagh’s grammar schools are taking a significant number of first year students with the lowest grades in post-primary transfer tests.
A report published this week on grammar school admissions across the North show that Mount Lourdes Grammar and St Michael’s Grammar are now accepting grades as low as D for admission. The report in the Belfast Telegraph showed only a handful of schools in the North taking students with the lowest grades.
The figures of the year 8 intake from 2013 released yesterday (Tuesday) also show that fewer A grade are being accepted than ever before. In Fermanagh Mount Lourdes Grammar School took in a total of 96 pupils, but only 51 of these were A students. The figures include 12 B1s, 11 B2s, 10 C1s, nine C2s and four Ds.
In St Michael’s College a similar pattern emerged of the 100 intake of year 8s grades as low as C1 gained admittance. 59 students achieved A grades, there were 20 B1s, 14 B2s and as many as seven C1 grades.
The other two grammar schools in the county, Portora Royal School and Collegiate Grammar, operate intake under different criteria. At Portora a score system is used to determine their intake of 70 and of the nine schools that use this system the Enniskillen school had the second lowest acceptance score of 218. At the Collegiate, an AQE school, of the 70 places, a lowest score of 96 for admittance was above average for the 31 participating schools.
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