Saintfield High School

Telephone: 02897 510356

Admission criteria

Transfer Criteria



Admissions will be determined by a designated sub-committee of the Board of Governors, which shall include the Principal.  The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form/Transfer Form.


You will be required to present verification documents AFTER your child has been offered a place at the School. Original documents are required and not facsimiles or photocopies.  The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents according to the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of a School to offer a place.


In the event of the School being over-subscribed pupils will be admitted according to the following criteria, applied in the order set down:


1    Children who have a child of the family* currently enrolled at the school.  Applicants should record on the Transfer Form the name of the child and date of enrolment at the school.


2    Children who have had a child of the family* who attended the school.  Applicants should record on the Transfer Form the name of the child and date he/she left Saintfield High School.


3    Children who are the eldest child(ren) of the family* or the first child of the family to transfer to a non-selective school (verification required) and who attend a traditional contributory primary school (see list of schools below):


Academy, Saintfield                                          Downpatrick

Alexander Dickson                                            Glasswater

Andrews Memorial                                           Killinchy

Ballynahinch                                                     Killyleagh

Cairnshill                                                            Knockbreda

Carr                                                                    Millennium Integrated

Carrickmannon                                                   Moneyrea

Carryduff                                                            Spa

Cedar Integrated                                               St Mary's, Comber

Comber                                                             St Mary’s, Saintfield



4    Children who attend a feeder/named primary school (see list of schools above) and who list Saintfield High School as their first preference post-primary school on the Transfer Form.       

5    All other children.


If following the application of the above criteria in order there comes a point where there are more children who meet a particular criterion than there are spaces available, priority will be given to children:


A   Who list Saintfield High School as their first preference post   primary school then;

B   For whom Saintfield High School is the nearest suitable school  as measured by the Ordnance Survey web distance  measurement tool.


*Child of the family as defined in DE Circular 2015/25 The Procedure for Transfer from Primary to Post Primary Education, Annex 2, Paragraphs 3-5.


When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the Transfer Form.  Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the Transfer Form or attached to it.