Laurelhill Community College
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Admissions Policy

Laurelhill Community College is a non-selective, controlled secondary school in Lisburn, County Antrim, for pupils aged from 11 to 18. A copy of the College Admissions Policy is available here. Queries relating to the admissions policy should be directed to the Principal of the College. The College Admissions Policy is reviewed annually by the Board of Governors.


Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to the school

The Board of Governors has established a Sub-Committee to administer the Admissions Policy. The Sub-Committee comprises two Governors of the College and the Principal.


Admissions Criteria

It is emphasised that it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the Transfer Application is fully completed. In addition, parents must ensure that all necessary, relevant information is fully recorded in the Parents’ Remarks section on the Transfer Application, or is attached to the Transfer Application. The information should clearly demonstrate how their child meets one or more of the Admissions Criteria 1-6.

The Board of Governors of Laurelhill has determined that the following criteria will be applied for admission to the College. In the event of the number of pupils applying for places in Year 8 in September being greater than the admissions number, the Admissions Criteria 1-6 will be applied in the order set out below:

  1. Children who are the only or eldest child in the family (must be indicated on Transfer Application);

  1. Children who have an older brother or sister who previously or are presently enrolled at the College at the date of completion of the Transfer Application (must be indicated on Transfer Application);

  1. Children who have a parent currently employed in the school;

  1. Children whose home address is closest to Laurelhill Community College;

  1. Children for whom Laurelhill Community College is their closest post-primary school;

  1. Children will be selected on admission on the basis of initial(s) of surname (as entered on Birth Certificate) in the order set out below:

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

If following the application of the above criteria in order there comes a point where there are more pupils who meet a particular criterion than there are places available then priority will be given on the basis of proximity of a pupil's permanent place of residence to the College. The distance will be measured using a straight line on a Northern Ireland Ordnance Survey map from a pupil's permanent place of residence (located using Irish Grid co-ordinates) to the Main Entrance Door beside the College's General Office opposite the Laurelhill Road (using the Irish Grid co-ordinates 325,173m easting, 365, 200m northing).


Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form/Transfer Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by post primary schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Transfer Form.


Waiting List Policy and Arrangements in relation to Applications for Admission to Year 8 After the College year begins.

If admission becomes possible after the placement letters are issued, the above criteria will be applied, in the first instance, to those applicants who have previously been refused a place in the College during the Transfer Procedure and then to those pupils who are on our waiting list on the day a place becomes available.

After 1st September parents should inform the school in writing that they wish their child’s name to remain on the waiting list.