How to Apply
Drumragh Integrated College is particularly pleased to welcome new students.
We appreciate that it is a difficult decision to change schools at sixteen and that the prospect of making new friends can seem daunting. We have worked hard to try and make this transition as smooth as possible and it is a feature of our service of which we are very proud. Much of what we do has been suggested by students who were themselves new to Drumragh Integrated College.
If you are thinking of applying to Drumragh Integrated College for the first time, please be assured that we will do everything we can to ensure you feel welcome and that the start of your new career is focused on the most important issue – your personal success.
"Imagine, Believe, Achieve."
1. Students wishing to transfer from the college’s own year 12 into the sixth form, will be admitted in preference to external applicants.
2. Applicants will only be admitted to the sixth form where they meet the basic entry requirements of:
(i) 6 A* - C grades (including GCSE Maths or English) in order to study three Advanced Level subjects (or equivalent) or more.
(ii) 5 A* - C grades (including GCSE Maths or English) in order to study three Advanced Level subjects (or equivalent) only.
Please note that individual subject criteria apply in addition to these; see the subject pages at the back of this prospectus for these subject specific details. Also, that the college reserves the privilege to make exceptions where extenuating circumstances exist.
3. Applicants must have demonstrated, through their preparation for their Key Stage 4 assessments, their commitment to achieving their best. This will include attendance, punctuality, the meeting of deadlines and behaviour. In the case of attendance, the college’s expectation is at least 95% except where there are documented extenuating circumstances. To assess the meeting of deadlines, the student’s record of submitting coursework on time will be consulted.
4. External applicants who have previously attended the college and wish to return, and who satisfy the above criteria, will normally be given priority over other external candidates.
5. Where previous criteria cannot resolve the order of priority, external applicants will be prioritised according to their GCSE results, with the highest being placed first.
6. Where the college is fully subscribed in any of the above criterion groupings, and applicants satisfy the other entry requirements, the Department of Education is the decision-making body.
Drumragh Integrated College criteria for any extra places made available by Department of Education for admission into year 13 (sixth form)
The Department of Education may, on request, increase the number of pupils that the school can admit to its year 13. Places that become available in this way shall be allocated only to pupils who meet the basic eligibility criteria for sixth form study (as above) and shall be allocated in the order determined by the criteria to be applied in the order set down:
1. Pupils who have most recently completed year 12 at Drumragh Integrated College
2. Pupils from other schools where admission to an extra place at
Drumragh Integrated College has been agreed by the Department of Education**.
** Parents should note how the DE will, in response to a schools request, increase the schools enrolment
number in order to allow an extra post-16 pupil to enrol. DE will first check whether there is another school or schools of a type suitable for that pupil within an hour’s journey of where the pupil lives. If there is, DE will then check whether this other school or schools with places available may provide all of the post-16 courses that the pupil wishes to pursue. If these checks find that no other suitable school may
provide all of the post-16 courses that the pupil wishes to pursue – then DE will agree a school’s request for an extra place.
What is a school of a type that is suitable for a pupil? To determine this, DE first considers all schools to be one of four types: (i) denominational (ii) non-denominational (iii) Integrated and (iv) Irish-Medium. A school requesting an extra place for a post-16 pupil will belong to one of these four types and DE will consider any other school or schools from this same type as suitable for this pupil. DE will also consider as suitable for the pupil any school from the same type as the type of school that the child attended in year 12.