St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel PPTC Transfer Test (11 Plus) Information



St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel was founded in 1927 and is a co-educational Catholic secondary school for children 11-18. Located in Kilkeel, County Down, the school specialises in technology and computing. The school recently got approval to increase its enrolment numbers and in September 2019 expects to increase its roll to 750 students.


The school teaches a Religious Education Programme, which includes considerable emphasis on religious practice during each school year. The school prides itself on supporting its local community and various charities, encouraging pupils to partake in numerous fundraising activities.


For an insight into life at St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel, watch this short video:



Transfer Test Information for St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel


Address: St. Louis Grammar School, 151 Newry Road, Kilkeel, Newry, BT34 4EU
Admissions Info:, 02841 762 747

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 750 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 8: 130 (approx.)

Open Day Date: January

Exam Date: November/December

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel Admissions


Despite a lack of a new transfer system to replace the previous 11 Plus process, many post primary schools in Northern Ireland have continued to use a selective admission policy. At time of writing, 34 schools have joined the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC), including St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel, which uses the same standardised entrance assessment to determine admission.


St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel operates a 3-stage application process. All applications will be considered for Stage One initially and applications which are not admitted at Stage One will automatically be considered at Stage Two. Applications will be considered at Stage Three in the event that residual places remain unfilled. A full breakdown of each stage can be found here.


Following this 3-stage process, in cases where there are still more applicants than available places, the following oversubscription criteria is used, giving priority to:


  • Applicants who have a sister or brother enrolled at the school at the time of application
  • Applicants who, at the date of their application, have a parent/guardian who is a member of the permanent teaching, administrative or support staff of the school
  • Applicants whose brother or sister previously attended the school
  • Applicants whose mother/father attended St. Louis Grammar School as a pupil
  • Applicants who are the first child of the family to transfer to secondary education
  • Applicants who are entitled to Free School Meals


For more information on the admissions process or oversubscription criteria at St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, parents can contact the school directly via email or call 02841 762 747.


How to Apply for Year 8 Entry to St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel


St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel encourages parents and pupils to attend one of their open days, which includes a tour of the school and the opportunity to talk to staff. Parents are always advised to attend this event before applying for a Year 8 place at the school.


Each school within the PPTC uses the same entrance test, so parents are only required to register their child for the test once. Parents can download and complete this registration form on the PPTC website.  There are also a set of guidance notes that provide further information on how to complete the registration form.


St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel Transfer Test Format


GL Assessment is the exam board that sets the St. Louis Grammar 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 relates to the transfer test.


How to Prepare for the St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel 11 plus (11+) Transfer Test?


Preparing for the St. Louis Grammar School Transfer Test takes time, which is why we advise parents to encourage their child’s revision well ahead of the exam date. The sooner parents can create a revision timetable with their child, the longer they’ll have to prepare.


At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that the ‘little but often’ approach works best when studying for the exam. By breaking down revision into small sections, parents can ensure that their child covers everything they’ll need to know.


Practice exam papers are a great way to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses. They can also help students familiarise themselves with the exam layout and the types of questions they can expect on the day.


As exam day approaches, students should do timed practice papers to help improve their time management skills and get them used to answering questions to a deadline.


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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel 11+ past papers. The information provided about St. Louis Grammar School Kilkeel 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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