Primary pupils get transfer results

Published Saturday, 06 February 2010
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Almost 14,000 primary school children across Northern Ireland who sat controversial transfer tests got their results, although Royal Mail apologised to some anxious pupils whose results will be delivered late.

Royal Mail admitted a small number of results did not arrive to children who sat the GL paper in the Lurgan, Portadown, Armagh and Newry areas with normal deliveries due to a sorting error.

"The vast majority of results have been successfully delivered this morning," said a spokeswoman.

"A short delay to a fraction of items, mainly in the Craigavon area, will have now been delivered.

"We know this is an anxious time for parents and children and apologise for any concern caused."

The majority of pupils found out if they scored enough to secure a place in a school of their choice.

They sat two tests, the GL paper mostly used by Catholic schools and an exam set by the Association for Quality Education or AQE.

Pupils who took the exam set by the AQE which represents state grammars received a score with a table attached to help them work out a grade.

Those who sat the GL paper were provided with a score and a grade.

It is understood most schools will make their selection based on a grade but some will use the score system.

The next step for parents is to meet with primary school principals before applying for a place at a secondary or grammar school.

"The next stage of all of this is the transfer process; parents should discuss this with their primary school, and get a transfer form completed. If they are worried about how a particular school they want to go to is going to treat the score received they should talk to that school," Sir Kenneth Bloomfield from the AQE told UTV.

If parents and children are not happy with the result pupils who sat both tests can have their paper re-marked.

"This facility is available for pupils who took the AQE paper, in this event a score could go down or up, the charge will be £20 to cover administration costs, or £10 for families who receive school meals".

"The AQE will need a request on or before 12 February," Mr Bloomfield added.

Schools set their own entrance tests after the 11-plus was abolished in 2008 without political consensus for an alternative.

The transfer tests went ahead at the end of last year without the Department of Education support.

© UTV News
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deborah moffett in dundonal wrote (1,537 days ago):
although royal mail have stated that all test results have now been posted, this is clearly not he case! my daughter is still waiting the delivery of her GL assessment results!
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