At the age of 11 years children normally transfer from primary education to post primary education.
The Board publishes ‘Transfer 2014 A Guide for Parents’ which contains details of the transfer procedure, post primary schools in the Southern Education and Library Board’s area and their admissions criteria. This Guide is distributed via schools to the parents of all P7 pupils.
For those children who are not transferring to grammar schools, transfer may be to a secondary school which caters for children aged 11-16 or 11-18 or to a Junior High School under the Two-Tier System which exists in Craigavon. Under the Two-Tier System, (also known as the Dickson Plan) the majority of pupils in the Craigavon Borough Council Area and parts of Armagh City and District Council Area attend Junior High Schools for 3 years before transferring to other schools to complete their compulsory education in Key Stage 4.
'The Guide for Parents' for admission in September 2014 may be downloaded below.
A Department of Education (DE) Advice leaflet for Parents of P7 children and DE Advice Leaflet on the Post Primary Transfer Process for parents of P6 children can be accessed at
As well as English and Irish versions, these leaflets have been translated into a number of minority languages including Latvian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Slovakian, Cantonese and Polish.