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The Education Reform(Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Criteria for admission to grant-aided schools

38.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) to (5), the Board of Governors of each grant-aided school shall draw up, and may from time to time amend, the criteria to be applied in selecting pupils for admission to the school.

(2) When drawing up or amending the criteria to be applied in selecting pupils for admission to—

(a)a controlled school, the Board of Governors of the school shall consider any representations which are made to it regarding those criteria by the board responsible for the management of the school;

(b)a Catholic maintained school, the Board of Governors of the school shall consider any representations which are made to it regarding those criteria by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.

(3) Any amendment of the criteria mentioned in paragraph (1) which is made in the course of a school year shall not apply in relation to the admission of pupils to the school in that school year.

(4) The criteria to be applied in selecting pupils in the relevant age group for admission to a secondary school shall not include the performance of the pupils in any test or examination held by, or on behalf of, the Board of Governors of a secondary school.

(5) A test or examination of an individual pupil held by a board at the request of the Board of Governors of a grammar school shall not be taken for the purposes of paragraph (4) to be a test or examination held by, or on behalf of, that Board of Governors.

(6) Regulations may provide, in relation to any school or description of school,—

(a)that the criteria to be drawn up under this Article shall include such matters or matters of such description as are specified in the regulations;

(b)that those criteria shall not include such matters or matters of such description as may be so specified.

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