Rainey Endowed School PPTC Transfer Test (11 Plus) Information



Rainey Endowed School (‘The Rainey’) is a co-educational grammar school located in County Londonderry. Founded in 1707, it has approximately 700 pupils on its roll aged 11-18.


Alongside a balanced curriculum, The Rainey places a heavy emphasis on extracurricular activity, including drama, public-speaking, choirs and orchestras. Sport is also a prominent feature, allowing pupils to develop their talents in various physical activities.


Transfer Test Information for Rainey Endowed School


Address: Rainey Endowed School, 79 Rainey Street, Magherafelt, BT45 5DB

Admissions Info: head@rainey.magherafelt.ni.sch.uk, 028 7963 2478

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 725 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 8: 101 (approx.)

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: November/December

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Rainey Endowed School Admissions


At present, 34 schools, including The Rainey, make up the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC), an unregulated system that uses the same standardised entrance assessment to determine admission.


Admission to Rainey Endowed School is determined by student performance in the PPTC Transfer Test. The Rainey is generally oversubscribed at Year 8, so in cases where there are more applicants than available places, the following oversubscription criteria is used, giving priority to:


  • Children who have a child of the family currently enrolled at the school
  • Children who have a child of the family previously enrolled at the school for 2 or more years
  • Children who are the eldest child or only child of the family
  • Children who are enrolled in one of the contributing primary schools
  • Children who have a parent currently employed in a permanent capacity by the Board of Governors of the School


For more information on the admissions process or oversubscription criteria at Rainey Endowed School, parents can contact the school directly at head@rainey.magherafelt.ni.sch.uk, or by telephone on 028 7963 2478.


How to Apply for Year 8 Entry to Rainey Endowed School


Rainey Endowed School holds a Transfer Information Session in June for parents who are considering applying for a Year 8 place for their child. This session gives parents the opportunity to ask questions relating to the transfer process and to learn more about the school’s environment.


To apply for a place at Rainey Endowed School, parents simply need to register their child via the form on the PPTC website. Only one application is required, as every school in the PPTC uses the same entrance assessment.


Rainey Endowed School Transfer Test Format


GL Assessment is the exam board that sets the Rainey Endowed School Transfer Test. Students are required to sit two test papers in English and Maths, with a break between the two.


Both papers contain multiple-choice questions and students will have the chance to complete practice sections before the main assessments begin.


Maths Paper


The maths paper lasts for 45 minutes and has 45 questions. While many of the questions are based on the school’s curriculum, there will be some additional questions centred on elementary logic, mathematical facts, properties and geometric names. Going into the assessment, pupils should have a knowledge of mathematical concepts and processes, as well as an ability to use maths in everyday situations.


English Paper


The English paper lasts for 50 minutes and has 60 questions. The paper begins with three reading passages, followed by comprehension questions (60% of total mark). There are then spelling and punctuation questions, followed by general questions (40% of total mark).


Scores for both papers are age standardised and results are posted to parents in January.


More information on the content of the test papers can be found on the PPTC website. The website also has a useful FAQs page that parents might wish to review.


How to Prepare for the Rainey Endowed School 11 plus (11+) Transfer Test?


Parents shouldn’t be worried about starting their child’s Transfer Test ‘too early’. Providing students with plenty of time to study for the exams will improve their confidence and help parents to recognise any knowledge gaps that their child might have. Children at this age typically respond better to shorter bursts of study practice, and detailed study plan can help map out what needs to be studied when.


Practice exam papers should also be introduced early. These papers can help identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing parents to allocate additional time in their child’s schedule to areas that need improvement. Practice exam papers can also help improve time management skills.


We have several practice papers that can help students prepare for the Rainey Endowed School Transfer Test. We would specifically recommend the following resources:



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Rainey Endowed School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Rainey Endowed School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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