Admissions Criteria


As currently required by the law, priority will be given to pupils normally resident in Northern Ireland before children normally resident elsewhere.

With due regard to the above, the following criteria will be applied in the numbered, ranking order specified, to select pupils for Year 8 entry in September 2020.

  1. Pupils whose sister(s)/half-sister(s)/step-sister(s)/foster sister(s) are presently, or will be in 2020, or were formerly enrolled at the school.

  2. Pupils who are the only or eldest girl in the family eligible to apply* to this school who normally reside in the following parishes (in no particular order) and whose parents have stated St Cecilia’s as their first preference of all-ability school.

  • Ardmore

  • Claudy

  • Culmore

  • Faughanvale

  • Holy Family (Ballymagroarty)

  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Steelstown)

  • St Mary’s (Creggan)

  • Strathfoyle

  • Templemore (St Eugene’s/St Columba’s, Long Tower)

  • Three Patrons (St Patrick’s, Pennyburn/St Brigid’s, Carnhill/St Joseph’s, Galliagh)

  • Waterside (St Columb’s, Chapel Road/Immaculate Conception, Trench Road/St Mary’s, Newbuildings)

  1. Pupils who normally reside in the above named parishes (in no particular order) and whose parents have stated St Cecilia’s as their first preference all-ability school.

  2. Pupils who normally reside in the above named parishes (in no particular order).

  3. Pupils whose mother was a past pupil of the school

  4. Pupils who normally reside in other Parishes.


 *“Eldest Girl Eligible to Apply” will include cases where a girl is more than seven years younger than her next eldest sister; cases where a family has moved residence so that a girl who is not the eldest girl of the family is the first to have the practical opportunity to apply to this school.

The permitted admission number for Year 8 as determined by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020/21 is 129.


In the event that the school would exceed its permitted admission number by accepting all applicants qualifying for selection using the final criterion so required, then selection for all places remaining in this category will be on the basis of initial letter of the surname (as appears on the birth certificate), in the order set out below:


O N L H G K Mc M O’ D X Mac Z S P Q T J Ni E C V U W B A Y F R I

The order was determined by a random selection of letters, witnessed by the Board of Governors.  In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the surnames will be used in alphabetical order.  In the event of 2 identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames will be used.


When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the Transfer Form.  Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the Transfer Form or attached to it.  Examples of such information include whether the child is the eldest girl/has sisters currently/formerly enrolled in St Cecilia’s etc.


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