Thornhill and St. Columb’s College will not use academic selection in 2022
Two Derry grammar schools have confirmed they will not be using academic selection for admission in 2022.
St. Columb’s College and Thornhill College have issued a joint letter to the parents of children currently in Primary 6 ‘to provide a degree of certainty to those young peple who would wish to attend our schools’.
The schools said they have carefully reflected on the ‘continuing impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis’ and the ‘considerable disruption’ this has had on the education of pupils currently in Primary 6.
The letter adds that these young people have faced a year of ‘unprecedented challenge’ and there is no guarantee the disruption might not continue in to the first term of the 2021-2022 school year.
Both schools temporarily amended their admission criteria for this year and have informed the Education Minister they do not intend to use acadmic selection for the 2022-2023 school year.
Admission criteria for entry to the colleges will be published by the Education Authority in August 2021.
The city’s two other grammar schools - Lumen Christi College and Foyle College - are yet to announce if they intend to rely upon academic selection as part of their admission criteria for 2022.