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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon PPTC Transfer Test (11 Plus) Information

St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon is a co-educational grammar school located in Dungannon, County Tyrone. The school was founded in 1891 by Roman Catholic clergy and in 2003 it became an Academy when two single-sex St Patrick’s Academies merged.

 

St Patrick’s consistently performs well in exams and has a history of sporting success, winning various trophies across a range of physical activities. The school encourages its pupils to join at least one of the school’s extracurricular activities in an effort to promote pupil confidence and responsibility.

 

Transfer Test Information for St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon

 

Address: St Patrick’s Academy, 37 Killymeal Road, Dungannon, County Tyrone, BT71 6DS
Admissions Info: info@stpatricksacademy.dungannon.ni.sch.uk, 02887 727 400

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar School

Number of pupils: 1320 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 8: 208 (approx.)

Open Day Date: January

Exam Date: November/December

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment

 

St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon Admissions

 

Currently, St Patrick’s Academy is one of 34 schools that make up the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC). This is an unregulated system that uses the same standardised entrance assessment to determine admission.

 

To gain a place at St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon, students must sit the PPTC Transfer Test. All results from this test are banded and age standardised. Should there be more applicants than available places at St Patrick’s, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  • Pupils residing in, or transferring from schools in, the parishes outlined on the admissions policy
  • Pupils who have a sibling enrolled at the school at the time of application
  • Pupils who are the only child or eldest child in the family to transfer to a mainstream school
  • Pupils who have a sibling who previously attended St Patrick’s Academy

 

For more information about the St Patrick’s Academy admissions process, parents can contact the school directly at info@stpatricksacademy.dungannon.ni.sch.uk, or on 02887 727 400.

 

How to Apply for Year 8 Entry to St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon

 

Every January, St Patrick’s Academy hosts an Open Day for prospective pupils and parents to visit the school and sample a range of the Year 8 activities offered. The school recommends that parents attend the Open Day event before applying for a place for their child.

 

To apply for a Year 8 place at St Patrick’s Academy parents need to download and complete the registration form, which can be found on the PPTC website. Parents are only required to complete one form, as all schools within the PPTC use the same entrance assessment.

 

St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon Transfer Test Format

 

The St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon Transfer Test is set by the exam board GL Assessment.

 

Children will sit two test papers in English and Mathematics and all questions are multiple-choice. Both subjects are taught in all Northern Ireland primary schools, and so the tests aim to reflect the knowledge and skills developed by children in the school curriculum.

 

English Paper

 

The English assessment paper requires the children to work through 60 questions in 50 minutes. The paper has three reading passages, each of which is followed by a number of comprehension questions, which make up 60% of the total mark. There are also a number of spelling questions and punctuation questions, which make up the remaining 40% of the total mark.

 

Maths Paper

 

The maths paper requires children to work through 45 questions in 45 minutes. The questions are based on the school’s curriculum, but also includes some additional questions on basic logic, mathematical facts, properties and/or geometric names. Children taking the test should have an understanding of mathematical concepts, and how maths is used in daily life situations.

 

Scores for both papers are age standardised and parents will receive the results via post in the following January.

 

The PPTC provides additional material for parents to read, including information about the content of the tests and a useful FAQs page.

 

How to Prepare for the St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon 11 Plus (11+) Transfer Test?

 

To increase the chance of success in the St Patrick’s Academy Transfer Test, students need to be organised and create a study plan. By outlining what needs to be studied and when, students won’t feel as anxious as the exam date approaches.

 

Practice test papers are a great way to prepare for the Transfer Test. Not only can they help improve time management but they familiarise students with the types of questions they may be asked on the day.

 

For the St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Transfer Test, we would specifically recommend the following practice resources:

 

English – practice tests

 

English (Grammar Schools) Pack 1

English (Grammar Schools) Pack 2

English (Grammar Schools) Pack 3

 

English – skill development worksheets

 

English Spelling Pack 1

English Spelling Pack 2

English Punctuation

 

Maths – practice tests

 

Maths (Grammar Schools) Pack 1

Maths (Grammar Schools) Pack 2

Maths (Grammar Schools) Pack 3

 

Maths – skill development worksheets

 

Maths Problem Solving (Grammar Schools)

Maths: Mental Arithmetic

 

The information provided about St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon 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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