Admission Policy

RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL
IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL

The Board of Governors of Saint Mark’s High School draws up the admissions criteria for the school and delegates to the Principal responsibility for applying the criteria.

ADMISSION CRITERIA – Admission to Year 8
September 2016 – 2017

Application to attend St Mark’s is interpreted by the Board of Governors as an indication that the parents and the child concerned accept and are in agreement with the ethos, philosophy, aims, policies and regulations of the school including any code of conduct of discipline policy of the school. Information in relation to these may be obtained from the school.

In selecting children for admission, children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission will be selected before any child not so resident.

All applicants for places in St Mark’s High School should note that the provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by the post-primary schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of a school nominated on the applicant’s Transfer Form.

In the case of pupils for whom Special Circumstances apply, e.g. social services report, health, security reasons, the relevant subcommittee of the Board of Governors will determine the merits of individual case and may offer a place without regard to the Admissions Criteria. Written evidence will be required to support any such request and must be given on or attached to the Transfer Form.

Criteria

1. If places are available, the school will admit all pupils whose parents wish them to attend. In the event of oversubscription in Number 1 criterion, the following criteria will be implemented:

2. Where the pupil’s normal place of residence is within a contributory parish in accordance with parish records (in no particular order), priority will be given to children who have or had a sibling of the family enrolled in the school.

St Peter’s Clonallon, St Mary’s Burren, St Patrick’s Mayobridge, Clonduff, Kilbroney

3. Pupils from other parishes, but attend a contributory parish school (in no particular order), priority will be given to children who have or had a sibling of the family enrolled in the school.

St Dallan’s Primary School, Warrenpoint
St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor
St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballymaghery, Hilltown
St Patrick’s Primary School, Mayobridge
Carrick Primary School, Burren
Killowen Primary School, Rostrevor
Kilbroney Integrated Primary School, Rostrevor
St Patrick’s Primary School, Drumgreenagh
Dromore Road Primary School, Warrenpoint

4. Pupils from other parishes where a child of the family is or was enrolled in the school.

5. Pupils whose parent/guardian is presently a permanent member of the school teaching/ancillary/auxiliary staff.

6. Pupils from other parishes.

In the event of over subscription within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down to determine which child should be admitted:

i. Pupils who are regarded by the Board of Governors to have Special Circumstances.

Please note:

Full responsibility rests with Parents/Guardians to provide sufficient and full details on the Transfer Form to allow the Admission Criteria to be fairly administered. Inaccurate or misleading information provided on or attached to a Transfer Form may prejudice an offer of a place and may lead to the withdrawal of a place awarded to an applicant who has thereby gained an improper advantage.

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves that right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any Transfer Form.

APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS TO YEAR 8

Year Admissions No Total Applications All Preferences Total Admissions
2013/2014 150 127 127
2014/2015 150 122 122
2015/2016 150 130 130

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR YEARS 9 – 12

In cases where parents who wish to transfer a pupil from another post-primary school the following criteria will be used in determining whether the pupil will be accepted for admission.

1. A pupil will be considered for enrolment provided that the school will not exceed its enrolment number as determined by the Department of Education; class sizes, including practical class sizes as determined by the Department of Education would not be exceeded.

2. A pupil may be accepted into the school provided that this would not prejudice, in the opinion of the Board of Governors the efficient use of the school’s resources.

3. Application to attend St Mark’s is interpreted by the Board of Governors as an indication that the parents and the child concerned accept and are in agreement with the ethos, philosophy, aims, policies and regulations of the school including any code of conduct or discipline policy of the school. Information in relation to these may be obtained from the school. The pupil’s previous school report, attendance, work record and behaviour will be considered.

4. The pupil has or had a child of the family enrolled at the school.

5. Children of any of the school staff.

Full responsibility rests with Parents/Guardians to provide sufficient and full details on the Transfer Form to allow the Admission Criteria to be fairly administered.

ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR YEAR 13

The following criteria for admission will be applied in the order set down:

Application to attend St Mark’s is interpreted by the Board of Governors as an indication that the parents and the child concerned accept and are in agreement with the ethos, philosophy, aims, policies and regulations of the school including any code of conduct or discipline policy of the school. Information in relation to these may be obtained from the school.

1. To study at Advanced Level in St Mark’s High School pupils must demonstrate their ability and commitment to pursuing their studies to A Level and must have achieved SIX GCSE passes at Grade C or above.

2. All applicants seeking admission to Year 13 must provide satisfactory reports from their Year Head in relation to attendance, punctuality and conduct. Applicants from other schools may be considered subject to acceptable school reports, attendance, work record and behaviour.

3. If it is necessary to decide between applicants who fulfil criterion 1 in this section, selection will be determined by academic achievement as follows:

A* = 8 points A = 7 points B = 6 points C = 5 points D = 4 points E = 3 points

In the event that two applicants have the same points score, priority will be given to pupils according to chronological age, starting with the youngest.

The Department of Education may, on request, increase the number of pupils that the school can admit to its Year 13. Places that become available in this way shall be allocated only to pupils who meet the basic eligibility criteria for sixth form study and shall be allocated in the order determined by the criteria to be applied in the order set down.

1. Pupils who have most recently completed Year 12 in St Mark’s High School.

2. Pupils from other schools where admission to an extra place at St Mark’s High School has been agreed by the Department of Education.*

*Parents should note how the Department of Education will, in response to a school’s request, increase the school’s admission number in order to allow an extra post 16 pupil to enrol. DE will first check whether there is another school or schools of a type suitable for that pupil within an hour’s journey of where the pupil lives. If there is, DE will check whether this other school or schools may provide all of the post 16 courses that the pupil wishes to pursue. If these checks find that no other suitable school may provide all of the post 16 courses that the pupil wishes to pursue – then DE will agree a school’s request for a place

ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR YEAR 14

Entry to Year 14 from Year 13 is dependent upon a satisfactory academic performance at AS Level as determined by the Post 16 Leadership team in consultation with the relevant Advanced Level teachers.

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