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At the age of 11 years children normally transfer from primary education to post primary education.

The Board publishes ‘Transfer 2015 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 Controlled Sector 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 2015 can be downloaded below.

A Department of Education (DE) Advice leaflet on the Post Primary Transfer Process for parents of P6 children can be accessed on The Education Support Website.

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.

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The Southern Education and Library Board (the ‘Board’) was established as part of Local Government reorganisation in 1973 and is the largest of the five area Boards. The Board's principal functions are the provision of education and youth services to the District Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Newry & Mourne. It spans 1,450 square miles with a total population of approximately 390,300 including 75,767 pupils.


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