P6/P7 Parents


Thank you for your interest in our school.  Please take some time to view the other pages in this website to enjoy a taste of our vibrant Academy community.   We welcome the opportunity to answer your queries, please contact us using this online form or telephone the school –  028 87727400.

Post Primary Transfer (PPTC) Information

We use the Entrance Assessment as part of our selection criteria for admission to Year 8. If you wish your child to attend the Academy, it is important that the PPTC Entrance Assessment is undertaken.

The most recent versions of documentation related to the transfer process, including the registration form, are downloadable from PPTC. Click here to download the relevant documents.


Information evenings on the transfer procedures for entry in September 2019 will be held in:

 St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St. Patrick’s Academy on:

Thursday 17 May 2018 at 7.00 pm

  • Please note that these meetings are solely for parents of Primary 6 children.
  • Registration forms for the Entrance Assessment will be available at the events.


The timetable of events for September 2019 entrants are as follows:

Thursday 17th May 2018 Registration packs are available from Assessment Centres or their websites or from the PPTC website (www.pptcni.com).
Friday 21st September 2018 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of completed Registration Forms.
Saturday 17th November 2018 Entrance Assessment.
Monday 26th November 2018 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of requests to take the Supplementary Entrance Assessment.
Saturday 8th December 2018 Supplementary Entrance Assessment.
Friday 14th December 2018 Deadline (2.00 pm) for registering claims for Special Circumstances.
Friday 25th January 2019 Results of the Entrance Assessment posted (first class) to children’s homes.
Friday 8th February 2019 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of requests for re-mark of the Entrance Assessment

 Comments from our current Year 8 Parents

“My son Darragh started St Patrick’s Academy in September 2013. He was quite anxious about starting his new school, especially as it was a much bigger school than the small country primary school he had attended. On starting he decided to join a class where he knew no one. This was the best decision as he quickly made friends. The support he has received has been unbelievable. His teachers are interested in how he has settled in and how he feels about his new school. I have to say that from my son started the Academy he has changed and is very happy with every aspect of his school day. It was the best decision for him to go to the Academy. I am delighted to see my son so content.”
Yvonne McKernan

 “At the Academy there is great communication between teacher and parents. The staff are always very approachable I feel each teacher tries hard to be sympathetic to each child’s individual needs. My daughter absolutely loves Year 8 and is so enthusiastic when talking about school and what she has learned.  She is constantly challenged and enjoys her success.”
Margaret Donaghy