Transfer Arrangements for September 2013
29 May 2012
OMAGH ACADEMYGRAMMAR SCHOOL
The Education Minister has published guidance for the Transfer Process that does not provide for the use of academic criteria (a test).
Schools must pay regard to the Ministers guidance but are not obliged to follow it.
It is lawful for schools to continue to use an academic test (St. Andrews Agreement).
Omagh Academy has decided that it will continue use an academic test to select pupils in 2013.
Omagh Academy wishes to select pupils fairly on the basis of academic ability.
In the absence of an official test, we will use the test produced by AQE Ltd for selecting pupils for entry to Year 8 in 2013.
As will the other Controlled Grammars in the Western Board Area.
Admissions Criteria 2013Omagh Academy will consider first those applicants who have taken the AQE Test (the Common Entrance Assessment CEA) and received a mark.
Candidates will be put in rank order of test result and the first 95 will be accepted.
Other criteria will be used to distinguish between any pupils tied for the last place.
Questions on English and Mathematics from the current primary curriculum (no Science).
Three one hour papers (best two results count, but pupils sit either two or three tests).
A charge of 42 covers all tests.
No charge if in receipt of Free School Meals.
The tests are done in the Academy.
Pupils can sit the test in one school but apply to another.
The questions are similar to the English and maths questions on the old transfer test
A sample paper and the nine past papers are available from the Academy or the AQE website.
Procedures similar to those used by the examination boards.
Chief Examiner, with extensive knowledge of test design.
A team of revisers ( including experienced primary school teachers).
Registration until 14th Sept. 2012
Registration ProcessApplication forms available from primary schools, the AQE office, Omagh Academy or the Websites (www.aqe.org.uk or www.omaghacademy.com )
Choice of test centre ( up to three Schools).
To be returned to AQE office with 3 passport-sized photographs, a copy of birth certificate and, if appropriate, an ELB letter authorising free school meals (or letter from Primary School).
Payment (42) by cheque, postal order or bankers draft (No Cash).
Help available from Omagh Academy, if required.
CONFIRMATION FROM AQE Sept 2012Applicants receive an Admission Card with photograph & candidate number.
And notification of the test centre (School).
Information about the tests and the Date of Familiarisation Event in the test centre.
Grammar schools receive details of applications.
Familiarisation Meeting October 2012An evening meeting in October lasting about 45 minutes
Dummy run for pupilsRooms and SeatingRules and ProceduresPutting pupils at ease
Talk/Presentation to Parents
NOV/DEC 2012: TESTSThree Saturday mornings 1 hour
10th November, 24th November and 1st December.
Starting at 10:00am.
Tests have run very smoothly
January/February/March 2013Academy Open Night (January) Results sent to parents (Sat. 2nd February 2013)Results sent to schoolsFollowing the issue of resultsWe provide guidance on interpreting resultsParents liaise with Primary SchoolsTransfer Form (green form) completedTransfer Form sent on to WELB
March-May 2013 Application Process (as normal)
Post-Primary schools receive forms from ELBsSchools apply admissions criteriaDecisions are made and ELBs informedParents informed of allocated schools in May 2013
Special Educational Needs
ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS e.g.Dyslexia: extra time (based on a report)
Visual impairment: enlarged question booklet
First language different: bilingual dictionary
Physical disability: e.g. wheelchair access
Aspergers syndrome: e.g. prompter, etc.
Tick a box on application form and give brief details of the disabilitySeparate form for full details of access requirements will be sent out by AQEDecision made by a team of three assessorsDecision sent to parents and to test centreAppropriate arrangements are made by AQE and the test centre
This is an arrangement that permits an adjustment of the marks received by a candidate after the assessment has taken place, where the assessment has been carried out in adverse circumstances.
E.g. illness during tests, bereavement etc.
After the test parent/guardian applies to AQE for the relevant form (SC12 form).
Enter details of the special circumstance together with relevant evidence.
Submit this form to WELB with green Transfer Form in February 2013.
Special ProvisionsIf your child cannot sit the CEAs (tests) for a valid reason e.g. illness, he or she can still apply under special provisions.( As can pupils arriving in N.I. post CEAs.)
SEN current process remains: statemented pupils do not need to sit the test; application through ELB Special Education Department.
An Irish language version of the test will be available.
Why Omagh Academy?Grammar School - a route to success21 GCSE and 25 A level subjects
Focus on achievementAll pupils are helped and encouraged to believe in themselves and achieve to the best of their ability.
Support to overcome barriers to achievementLiteracy, reading, numeracy, science.
Meeting individual needs pastoral care.
Wide extra curricular programme:Sport, Music, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh AwardVolunteering, Service in the CommunityPublic Speaking, Debating, Scripture Union Broadening experience European trips & toursEcology, Sea Fishing, Clubs & Societies etc.
Track record in preparing pupils for university and ensuring they leave school with the necessary qualifications for further study or employment
OMAGH ACADEMYOffers a rounded education with an emphasis on the individual and a focus on success.
Values and supports all its pupils equally irrespective of academic ability.
If you want the option of sending your child to the Academy he or she needs to sit the AQE test.
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