Lumen Christi goes ahead with aptitude test to replace 11+

Derry grammar school, Lumen Christi College appears to be forging ahead with plans to introduce an alternative to the doomed 11-plus - despite criticism from the Bishop - by holding an information session about the aptitude test next month.

The school - named as the top post-primary school in Northern Ireland in the Sunday Times' 2007 academic league tables - has said it will introduce a two-part aptitude test because of a lack of guidance from Education MInister, Caitriona Ruane.

Bishop Seamus Hegarty, who is a senior trustee for Catholic schools in Derry, has publicly criticised Lumen Christi's plans, saying it did not offer an equal opportunity to all.

However, the school is sticking to its plans by hosting the information session at the College on Saturday, October 4.

For more information, call Lumen Christi College. (See notice on P9)