The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates subject to its final approval, to a selection committee consisting of the Headmaster, the Vice-Principal and two members of the Board of Governors Admissions Sub-Committee, the task of applying the 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 Admissions Criteria set out herein.


The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of the number of applicants being greater than the admissions number for the school, then the following method, and the criteria in the order set down, will be used to select pupils for admission.

Should the number of pupils who satisfy the requirements of the last criterion that can be applied exceed the number of places remaining, then the candidates will be listed in rank order in that criterion, by date of birth, eldest first and youngest last, and admitted in that order.

In the event of two or more candidates having the same birth-date and thereby qualifying for the last place, the award of this place will be determined on the basis of initial letter of surname (as entered on the Birth Certificate) in the order set out below:

C H E Q J N L O V F S Mac R I Mc K Z G B X U W M D P A T Y

If applicants are still tied after this, then priority will be determined amongst them by a method of computerised random selection. The unsuccessful candidate will be offered the first place on the waiting list. Other positions on the waiting list will be determined by date of birth, eldest first and youngest last.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make application on behalf of the child(ren) and to ensure that all of the relevant information is given on, or attached to the Transfer Application, to enable the Board of Governors to apply the criteria as outlined below.

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application by Transfer Application.

The Provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by post-primary schools can result in the withdrawal of a place or the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Transfer Application.

1. Applicants from the following contributory parishes namely (in no particular order):

Ardmore, Banagher, Claudy (Cumber Upper & Learnmount), Culmore, Donaghheady (Dunamanagh), Dungiven, Faughanvale, Glendermott Waterside, Holy Family Ballymagroarty, Leckpatrick, Limavady, Melmount (Mourne), Our Lady of Lourdes Steelstown, Strabane (Camus), St Eugene’s Cathedral, St Columba’s Longtower, St Mary’s Creggan, Strathfoyle, Three Patrons (Pennyburn, Carnhill & Galliagh).

2. Applicants who select the college as first preference.

3. Applicants who select the college as a first non-selective preference

4. Applicants with a sibling currently attending the school or who is the first child in family to transfer to a post primary school.

In the event of a place becoming available after the closing date, the same criteria will be applied to all pupils who have sought or are seeking a place.

Year Admissions No. Total Applications
All Preferences
Total Admissions
2019/2020 100 111 108
2020/2021 101 112 112
2021/2022 100 109 109
2022/2023 100 105 100

Applications to attend St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s College is interpreted by the Board of Governors as an indication that the parents and the child concerned accept and are in agreement with the ethos, philosophy and regulations of the school including any code of conduct or discipline policy of the school. Information in relation to these may be obtained from the school.


Admission criteria to years 9 onwards is available upon request from the school office.