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Admissions Criteria

Pupils from all schools are welcome to apply. Should the school be over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, by the Board of Governors

  1. Pupils whose normal place of residence is within the contributory parishes. These are Downpatrick, Saul, Strangford, Ardglass, Killough, Tyrella, and Dundrum (not listed in any order of preference)
  2. Pupils transferring from feeder primary schools (this includes pupils enrolled in these schools who are not resident in the contributory parishes).     
  3. Pupils who have a sister at the school on the date of transfer
  4. Pupils for whom special circumstances apply e.g. social services report, health, security reasons. The Board of Governors will determine the merits of individual cases.
  5. Pupils of a parent who is a past pupil of the school.

It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that any information which is relevant to St. Mary’s Admissions Criteria is included on the Parents’ Online Transfer Application or is attached/uploaded to that Application.

At each criterion preference will be given on the basis of proximity/accessibility to the school, distance between the school and the applicant’s home will be used as a tie breaker.

St. Mary’s High School Day begins at 9.05am and ends at 3.25pm.

All policies can be found on this website.