Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria for Pupils Transferring in 2016 

Malone College is an all ability school, established by parents and committed to maintaining a balanced enrolment of the two major traditions and others, with a similar balance in the management and staff of the school. The College has adopted a child-centred approach reflecting a strong belief in the self-esteem of the individual. Class sizes reflect the need to provide an education according to the needs of each child. Resources and teaching strategies are organised to accommodate the all ability nature of the College. Malone College is the integrated College for South and West Belfast, but has traditionally welcomed children from Lisburn, Hillsborough, Crumlin, Glenavy and further afield. The College is situated on a main bus and train route, making it accessible to children from a wide geographical area.

Places will be allocated to this group. The remaining places will be divided equally between pupils falling into the ‘Protestant’ or ‘Roman Catholic’ categories. In the event of less than 20% of places being awarded to pupils from the ‘other traditions’ category, the remainder of places will be divided equally between the other two categories. In the event of an odd number of places in the division, an additional place will be allocated to the category with the greater number of pupils.

Priority will be given to students residing within Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission.

In the event of there being over-subscription, the following sub-criteria will apply:

a)  Pupils who have a brother or sister attending the College.

b)  Pupils who had a brother or sister at the College (name and date of attendance to be supplied on the Transfer Form).

c)  Pupils who are transferring from a Grant Maintained Integrated or Controlled Integrated Primary Schools

(not in order of preference) as defined in the Education Reform Order (1989).

d)  Other Pupils.

Should there be over-subscription at the last criterion that can be applied, selection for all places remaining in this category will be on the basis of the initial letter of the surname in the order set out below:

M O D Mc W A S L T R E Q B Z X Y K U P F V H I C J G N

The order was determined by a randomised selection of the alphabet.

In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surnames will be used in alphabetical order using the above randomised selection. In the event of 2 identical surnames the alphabetical (randomised) order of the initials of the forenames will be used.

In the event of there still being too many applications for the last remaining place(s), preference will be based on the chronological order of pupils’ dates of birth (oldest first). In the event of there still being too many applications preference will be given to students living closest to the College, measured ‘as the crow flies’ from the front door of the pupils postal address (as appearing on the Transfer Form) to the front door of the College.

These criteria will also apply to students seeking admission to the college after September 20