Our AQE Familiarisation Event will be held on the morning of Saturday 19 October for parents/guardians and children who are sitting the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) in Regent House.


The purpose of the meeting is to explain what will happen on the days of the tests, the CEA marks, our admissions criteria, what to do if your child is affected by adverse circumstances and cannot sit some or all of the Tests and to show the children where they will be sitting.

Children are not required to wear school uniform on this morning and do not require any stationery or their AQE cards.

Children will be placed beside their classmates when sitting the CEA, we would ask you to come to the Familiarisation Event, along with other parents/guardians and children from your Primary School, at the time listed below for your School.

SESSION 1 - 9.15am Abbey, Alexander Dickson, Andrews Memorial, Ballyholme, Ballymagee, Ballyvester, Bangor Central, Bloomfield, Braniel, Carrickmannon, Carrowdore, Cedar Integrated, Crawfordsburn, Derryboy, Downpatrick, Dundonald, Gilnahirk, Glasswater, Kilcooley;

SESSION 2 - 10.15am Comber, Kirkistown, Londonderry, Portaferry Integrated, Newtownards Model, Rockport, Rosetta, St. Joseph’s, St. Malachy’s; St Mary’s (Comber), St Mary’s (Kircubbin), St Mary’s (Portaferry), St Mary’s (Saintfield), Towerview, West Winds;

SESSION 3 - 11.15am Ballywalter, Brooklands, Castle Gardens, Donaghadee, Portavogie, Rathmore, Victoria (Newtownards);

SESSION 4 - 12.15pm Clandeboye, Grange Park, Grey Abbey, Killinchy, Kilmaine, Kircubbin Integrated, Millisle, Regent House Preparatory, St Finian’s, Victoria (Ballyhalbert);

We would ask that only one parent/guardian accompanies each child, both on the Familiarisation Event and on the three mornings of the Assessment. This restriction is a consequence of the School’s decision to accommodate as many applicants as possible.

Car parking for all four mornings will be available in the large car park at the side of the school and the parent/guardian and child should enter the School at Reception at the front of the school.