Admission to Year 8 in September 2020

Key Points

1. Omagh Academy will continue to use academic ability as a criterion for admission in September 2020.


2. Pupils seeking admission to Omagh Academy should sit the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) test run by the Association for Quality Education (AQE). This test has been used for admission for the past nine years commencing in 2010.


3. Pupils must register with the AQE for this test before 6th September 2019 and, regrettably, enclose a fee of £50 with the application. This fee will be waived if the application is accompanied by proof that the child is entitled to Free School Meals. Please refer to the application form for further details.


4. About the CEA test:

The test consists of three 1 hour papers sat in the Grammar School;

It is based on the primary school curriculum in English and Mathematics;

Pupils may sit 2 or all 3 papers with only the best two results counting.


5. Practice Papers and preparation:

  • A sample paper and up to 24 practice papers are available at www.aqe.org.uk or on request from the Omagh Academy Office;

  • Pre-2010 Transfer Test papers can be used if the science questions are excluded.


6. Tests will take place on:

Saturday, 9th January 2021

Saturday, 16th January 2021

Saturday, 23rd January 2021


7.  Results sent to parents on Saturday 6th March 2021.


8. Further information is available at www.omaghacademy.com  or by contacting the School (tel. 028 82242688, e-mail info@omaghacademy.omagh.ni.sch.uk).

We acknowledge that some candidates may not be able to sit some or all of the papers. If that is the case, we strongly advise  candidates who are in a position to sit one or two papers only, to do so. If children are self-isolating they should not come to the centres to sit the assessment during this period. There are established procedures set out in the website to deal with the circumstances.


They are available here: https://aqe.org.uk/special-circumstaces-provisions/