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Breda Academy, Belfast

Admissions Criteria

Transfer to post-primary education can be an anxious time for parents and carers determined to make the right choice of school for their child.

As set out in our mission statement:

Breda Academy aims to be a safe caring community of life-long learners where positive relationships, based on courtesy, commitment and co-operation enable young people to develop their skills, resilience and confidence for success in life and society.

Accordingly, the staff and leadership of Breda Academy are committed to providing every child with an outstanding education in an environment that provides both consistent support and challenging opportunities.

Our highly professional and well qualified staff will work in close partnership with parents. We set high standards and expectations for all pupils to help ensure they go into adulthood with skills and qualifications to access the best possible career and educational opportunities.

Breda Academy offers your son or daughter opportunities to achieve, belong, learn and enjoy, not just up to GCSE, but beyond as vibrant our sixth form ensures we can provide the total post-primary experience from 11 to 18.

As a parent or carer, if you would like to speak to us or would simply appreciate a personal tour of the school, please contact the leadership team and we will do everything possible to accommodate you.

We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter into Breda Academy where their academic and pastoral progress will be our top priority.



The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions committee, which include the Principal, the responsibility of applying these criteria. Any reference herein to the term the Board of Governors includes any committee appointed by the Board of Governors for the purposes of applying the Admissions Criteria set out herein.

During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be considered before late
applications are considered. The application procedure opens on 30 January 2024 at 12 noon (GMT) and an
application submitted by the closing date of 22 February 2024 at 12 noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual
application. An application received after 12 noon (GMT) on 22 February 2024 and up to 4pm on 4 March 2024 will be treated as a late application.

If the school is oversubscribed the following admissions criteria will be applied in the following order:

1) Students with an older sibling/s who are enrolled at Breda Academy in the academic year2023-2024.
2) Students transferring from the following feeder Primary Schools for Breda Academy in no preferential order

Belvoir Park Cregagh Forge Integrated Nettlefield
Blythefield Donegall Road Gilnahirk Orangefield
Botanic Dundonald Harding Memorial Rosetta
Braniel Elmgrove Knockbreda Strandtown
Brooklands Euston Street Leadhill Stranmillis
Cairnshill Fane Street Lisnasharagh Taughmonagh
Carryduff Finaghy Loughview  

3) Students who are the eldest child or the first child in the family to transfer to a mainstream post primary school.
4) All other applicants: If there are more students meeting the set criterion than there are places available, each
student will be assigned a unique number from 1 upwards depending on the number of applicants. The number
assigned to each student will then be selected in rank order of first, second, third, fourth, fifth and so on as
determined by an electronic random choice generator until all available places are allocated.
Only information declared on the Transfer Application will be used when applying the aforementioned criteria.

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify any information on the Transfer Form relating to the admissions criteria.

Waiting List Policy and arrangements in relation to applications for admission to Y8 after the 2024/2025 academic year commences:

The above criteria will be applied, in the first instance, to those applicants who have previously been refused a place in our school during the Transfer procedure up to the first day of the autumn term 2024. New applications for year 8 will be added to the end of the waiting list of those children not selected during the admissions process. Should a place become available during the school year all applicants will be considered using the above criteria providing the child’s parent(s)/carer(s) have informed the school, in writing, on or after 1st September 2024 that they wish for their child be placed on a waiting list.

The same criteria will also be applied when considering requests for admission to Years 9 to 12.