ADMISSIONS




Principal: Mr M Moreland B.Ed M.Ed. PQH (NI)
Maintained School

Co-educational Post-Primary
Age Range: 11-19

Admission No: 115
Enrolment No: 650

RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL
The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee, which includes the Principal, the responsibility for applying these criteria. Any reference herein to the term the Board of Governors includes any Committee or Sub-Committee appointed by the Board of Governors for the purposes of applying the Admission criteria set out herein.

ADMISSIONS POLICY
Admissions Criteria for Year 8

The Religious and Educational Philosophy of Mercy College is that of a Catholic school. The Board of Governors having determined the Criteria, has delegated to a sub-committee the responsibility for administering the application of these criteria.

Preference will be given to;

1. Pupils whose normal place of residence is within the contributory parishes -
St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Holy Family, St. Patrick’s, St. Mary’s Chapel Lane, St. Gerard’s, St. Mary’s on the Hill Newtownabbey and St. Joseph’s Crumlin.

Please note, we are proud to welcome a significant number of pupils who travel a distance from outside the city to access their education in Mercy College.

2. Pupils who have an older sister or brother presently enrolled at the school.
3. Pupils whose parent/guardian is a permanent employee at the school.
4. Pupils whose mother/guardian is a past pupil of the College.
5. Pupils for whom special circumstances apply.

The Board of Governors will determine the merits of individual requests for enrolment.

6. In the event of over-subscription admission will be determined on the basis of proximity to the College, i.e., straight line distance from home to school gate as measured on Ordnance Survey Map.

Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission.

DUTY TO VERIFY
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any applicant’s Transfer Form.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

WAITING LIST POLICY
After 1st September 2017 and during the 2017-18 school year the above criteria will be applied to fill a vacancy arising within the school’s admissions number.

NB – At criterion 4-6 parents should indicate on the Transfer Form the date of attendance and the name by which the child’s relative was known.