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Year 8 Admissions


Strabane Academy is a controlled Grammar School which is made up of pupils from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, race, or social status. We are proud of the high level of integration which is evident through the diversity of our pupils and seek to be inclusive in all of our activities. Our caring ethos, pastoral activities and induction programme provide excellent support and help lay the foundations for future success and happiness.

As an all ability school, we admit pupils who will achieve a very high level of academic success in GCSE’s and at A level and we also admit pupils whose talents are less academic and who will follow a more vocational pathway in their education. When compared to other Grammar Schools this makes us very unique and great care should therefore be taken when comparing like for like exam result.

Each year we are able to track how the pupils who sat the Transfer Test have performed in their GCSE’s and it is both pleasing and reassuring to note that each year their results have been above the Northern Ireland average for Grammar schools.

To further the all ability, aim of the school and to ensure that each year group caters for students of all abilities including the most academically able, Strabane Academy will use The Schools’ Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG) . The role of SEAG is to provide an Entrance Assessment with standardised outcomes (results) for pupils who will be transferring from primary school and who may wish to transfer using our Academic admissions criteria.


For full admissions policy, click here.

SEAG Outcomes, click here

SEAG Re-marks, click here 

2024/25 dates are:

20th May 2024 – Registration opens


20th September 2024 – Registration closes


November 2024 – Familiarisation evening


16th November 2024 – Assessment 1


23rd November 2024 – Assessment 2


January 2025 – Visits to primary schools


25th January 2025 – Publication of results


February 2025 – Completion of transfer forms


May 2025 – Parents receive notification from the Education Authority of school child has been allocated to


Year 8 – Entry September 2025

Please note, the Admissions criteria for Year 8 entry in September 2025 will be published later in the Autumn term.

Year 8 Admission Criteria - key dates

Admissions Criteria will be published in January 2025 (Date TBC) and on our website.

Special Circumstances and Special Provisions guidelines for Parents/Guardians and relevant forms available here (please note that these should not be submitted to individual schools but uploaded via the EA portal).

Hyperlink to Guidance for Special Circumstances 

Hyperlink to SC Form

Hyperlink to Guidance for Special Provisions 

Hyperlink to SP Form

 EA portal will be open from in January 2025 until February 2025. Dates TBC.