Year 8 Admissions
Admissions to RSD
The majority of pupils enter RSD in Year 8 having sat the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) in Primary 7. Some pupils join the school in Years 9, 10 and 11 if places are available. Entry to Sixth Form is also possible and there is a separate admissions process for pupils seeking places in Year 13.
RSD is usually oversubscribed so it is important to contact the school as early as possible if you are seeking a place. This is particularly important for Boarding places, the majority of which are allocated around 10-12 months in advance of a boarder joining the school. RSD operates a Waiting List and we keep in contact with prospective pupils’ families to help guide applicants through the process.
If you would like to apply for a place at RSD and need some help with the admissions process, then feel free to contact us. We will be glad to help.
Helping you with Admissions
RSD uses the Common Entrance Assessment, administered by AQE, as a transfer test for pupils seeking to join the school in Year 8.
Full details can be viewed on their website.
The information below is provided to help guide parents and pupils through the transfer process. If you need help with any aspect of the admissions process, then please feel free to contact us for further guidance.
Key Dates 2018-19
- Tuesday 13 February – P6 Open Evening for pupils applying for Sept 2019 entry
- Wednesday 2 May – registration for the CEA opens
- Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 June – RSD summer school week 1
- Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June – RSD summer school week 2
- Thursday 21 June & Friday 22 June – RSD summer school week 3
- Friday 7 September – registration for the CEA closes
- Saturday 13 October (10.00 – 11.00 am) – RSD Familiarisation Morning
- Saturday 10 November (10.00 – 11.00 am) – CEA transfer test 1
- Saturday 24 November (10.00 – 11.00 am) – CEA transfer test 2
- Saturday 1 December (10.00 – 11.00 am) – CEA transfer test 3
- Wed 23, Thur 24 & Fri 25 January – P7 Open Mornings in RSD
- Saturday 26 January 2019 – AQE sends CEA results to families
- February – P7 parents submit transfer form to the Education Authority
- [Wednesday 13 February – P6 Open Evening for pupils applying for Sept 2020 entry]
- March – RSD Admissions Committee awards places and informs Education Authority
- Saturday 18 May– RSD sends admissions letters to pupils joining RSD in Year 8
- Monday 17 June – induction day for P7 pupils joining RSD
- August – induction day for new Year 8 pupils
- September – welcome to RSD!
P6 Open Evening
RSD’s P6 summer school
P7 Familiarisation Morning
Each year, on a Saturday morning in October of your P7 year, we run a Familiarisation Morning to help parents and pupils understand the transfer process and test, the CEA. The Examinations Officer explains the mechanics of how the test works and the Headmaster guides parents through the admissions process, including the key dates and how to fill in the transfer form. The boys and girls have a dry run of going to the rooms where the tests are held and they learn what the test paper will look like and how to approach completing their paper (though there is no test of course!). The whole event lasts around an hour, running from 10.00 – 11.00 am, the same timing as the actual test days. By the end of our morning together parents and pupils usually feel at ease with the process.
The information provided at this year’s Familiarisation morning can be viewed here.
RSD’s P7 autumn workshop
CEA Transfer Test Mornings
- Get here early – by 9.30 am at the latest
- Have your AQE card, 2 pencils and a rubber with you
- Go to the toilet before the test starts – you won’t be given additional time if you leave the test room for a few minutes
One thing that parents are sometimes concerned about is, “what will we do if something happens at the time of the test?” The most typical scenario is a pupil taking ill. There is a straightforward process to deal with this and you will receive full details at the Familiarisation Morning but the best advice is make sure you act at the time – gather evidence of what has happened (e.g. doctor’s note) and present this to RSD when applying. The RSD Admissions Committee looks at all such evidence and always tries to be as understanding and helpful as possible.