Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Carer(s)

The Boards of Governors of St Columb's College and Thornhill College have reflected carefully upon the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the considerable disruption that this has had on our local community and in particular the education of pupils in Primary 6 since March 2020. In addition, they fully accept that there could very well be further disruption for Primary 7 pupils during the first term of the 2020-2021 academic year.

In response to these exceptional circumstances, and for this year only, the Boards of Governors and Principals of both schools have agreed that they will not use academic criteria for admission to Year 8 in September 2021.

This means that:

  • Neither St Columb's College or Thornhill College will use outcomes from the GL Entrance Assessment as part of their Admissions Criteria for the 2021-2022 academic year. Pupils applying to either school will not be required to provide a GL Entrance Assessment result.
  • Both Colleges will temporarily amend their Admissions Criteria for the 2021-2022 academic year accordingly.
  • The Admissions Criteria for both Colleges for entry in September 2021 will be published by the Education Authority (EA) in Autumn 2020, according to its normal timetable.

Each school remains committed to its own individual Catholic ethos and values and will continue to provide high quality teaching and learning, coupled with the highest standards of pastoral care. All those young people who would normally apply to be admitted to each individual school are strongly encouraged to continue to do so.

We believe that this is the right decision for our schools and local communities and we hope that this provides much needed clarity for those Primary 6 pupils and their Parents/Guardians/Carers who would like to apply for admission to our schools.

From the Boards of Governors and Principals of:

St Columb's College

Thornhill College

Wednesday 10th June 2020

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