Taster Tour January 2022



The visit will begin with a short welcome from Mr McClements, followed by a tour of the school. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to look around, ask questions and speak to our current pupils.


To register for a free ticket when booking opens on Wednesday 5 January, please click on this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taster-tour-tickets-218811540207 and choose a time-slot for your visit.


There will be a maximum of 12 families on each tour (please note that one family will be strictly one child – p6 or p7 only – and one adult.)


In order to accommodate as many people as possible, visits will be relatively brief – approximately 45 minutes.


As most of the visit will take place inside the school building, we ask that our visitors wear a face covering.


Please report to the Johnston Hall five minutes before the start time of your tour.


If you miss your time slot please note it may not be possible to accommodate you on a later tour.


Limited parking will be available in the main school car park.





Virtual Tour 2022

Each January, we invite primary school pupils to visit Rainey Endowed to take a look around the school and to meet our pupils and staff. This year we would like to invite you to view our virtual tour if you are unable to attend the in-person taster tour in January, or as an addition to the taster tour. Click on any of the hotspots to find out more information about each department to see what life is like for pupils when they come to the Rainey. Click on the image below to visit our Virtual Tour page. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to the Rainey!


Exam Timetables December 2021

The timetables for the exams taking place in December have now been published. Please click on the relevant link below to access the timetable you wish to view. Copies will also be published to registration Google classrooms and a paper copy provided to each pupil.


Year 8 & Year 9


Year 10, Year 11 & Year 12


Year 13 & Year 14

Centre Determined Grades & Post-Results Process



The Centre Determined Grading Policy for Rainey is now available from the school website. This has been approved by CCEA and is in collaboration with the MRLP schools.


A guide for students and parents has also been provided by CCEA.


The Post-Results Service Submission Form is available for download for any reviews required. Please return this form to postresultsservice@raineyendowed.com. The deadline for submission of this form for A2 candidates is 16 August at 12 noon. For GCSE candidates, the deadline is 3 September at 12 noon.


A Policy for Post Results Review for Centre Determined Grades was published on 25th June 2021.


Internal Summer Examinations

The timetables for the internal summer examinations are now available. Please click on the relevant link below to view the timetable.

Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11

PPTC Update – May 2021


Over the past weeks and months PPTC has engaged with parents, primary school principals, its own members, its test provider GL Assessment, AQE and other stakeholders to help shape and finalise plans for the 2021-22 Entrance Assessment. Please see the documents linked below for further information:





Sportshall Wall of Honour

The PE Dept. is in the process of creating a Sportshall Wall of Honour for all our past pupils who have achieved final A selection in Junior Age Groups or full Senior A selection for Ulster, Ireland, Northern Ireland, or Great Britain in our school affiliated sports.


The first Rainey Endowed pupil to represent Ulster was Victor McCullagh in 1930 for rugby, so there are a lot of past pupils to track down!


The school has representative photographs of past pupils dating back from 2020 to 2012 and from 2004-2006 so we are looking for past pupils from 1931-2003 and 2007- 2012 who have achieved final A selection in Junior Age Groups or full Senior A selection for Ulster, Ireland, Northern Ireland, or Great Britain in our school affiliated sports.


If you or a relative have a photo ( 7”x 5’’ portrait ) that we could include in the Wall of Honour, please send to-

Rainey Endowed School, c/o Carolyn Burns, 79 Rainey Street, Magherafelt BT45 5DB



or e mail a digital copy to cburns811@rainey.magherafelt.ni.sch.uk


Please include as many details as possible i.e., name, year/years, age group, competitions competed in, number of caps etc.

Core Assessments 2 Timetable


The Core Assessments 2 timetables for Year 12, 13 and 14 have been released. Please click on the appropriate link below to access the timetable:


Year 12


Year 13


Year 14

Core Assessments timetable


The Core Assessments timetables for Year 12, 13 and 14 have been released. Please click on the appropriate link below to access the timetable:


Year 12


Year 13


Year 14

Information for P7 Parents – March 2021



A document has been created to direct you towards material suggested by the Education Authority in regard to the Rainey Endowed Admissions Criteria. This document is available by clicking here.

QUB Careers

To help and support Year 13 and 14 students across the academic year, The Domestic Recruitment & Events (DRE) team at Queen’s University have developed a series of live and on demand virtual events which are aimed at providing students with the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills required to make informed choices and plans for their future learning and career. Discover a World of Opportunities, Undergraduate Virtual Events flyer for Spring/Summer 2021.


A series of on demand virtual sessions are available to watch now. These include step by step guides on Why Choose Queen’s University, Applying through UCAS Extra, Changed your mind about your UCAS course replies? and Applying for Student Finance. Upcoming live events include Mental Health and Wellbeing, Applying for Queen’s Accommodation, Live Student Panels and Moving to Queen’s: A Guide for New Students. We will also be hosting a dedicated Parent’s Offer Holder Information Evening for parents with a son &/or daughter scheduled to commence their studies at Queen’s in September 2021.


Register now to book a place on our live and on-demand talks. You may register to attend multiple events.  All the virtual events will be recorded and will be available to watch on demand after each session should you wish to use any of the material. Bespoke school talks can also be arranged by completing our online booking form.





Admission Criteria




Rainey Endowed have released their admission criteria for entry to Year 8 in September 2021.


The document is available by clicking here.


Admission Criteria for Year 9 onwards will be available on request from the school.

Rainey Family Album


During the last two weeks in June the pupils took part in the Take 5 Wellbeing Initiative.  As part of this, pupils and staff were asked to contribute positive photos and phrases regarding lockdown.  As a result the Rainey Family in Lockdown 2020 Album was compiled.  Enjoy!


Christmas Concert

We have really missed having our usual Christmas Concert this year in the Rainey. We have put together a little something for you to enjoy instead! Usually our ticket sales would be donated to Abaana.


If you would like to support the work of Abaana this year you could donate using the Just Giving link or on SIMS pay for Rainey parents. Even £1 could make such a difference. Thank you and happy Christmas!


Hope Magherafelt’s Foodbank appeal



Thank you to everyone in the Rainey community who contributed to our Christmas food donations for Hope Magherafelt’s Foodbank appeal. The trolley was overflowing!


All the items went to the Foodbank warehouse on Friday.

Wacky tie, socks and hair day

Wacky tie, socks and hair day was held on Monday 30th November to raise money for our sixth form charities. This also marked the final day for our pupils who participated in Movember to grow moustaches and beards to raise money for the Movember charity. In order to let everyone join in the fun, members of sixth form were encouraged to do something new with their hair, wear a wacky pair of socks or wear a unique tie for the day. The event went down well with many people participating. From ties with rubber-ducks to neon socks, everyone had a good time while raising money for our charities.


During the month of November, some pupils in sixth form also took part in on-going challenges including Daniel Barfoot who ran 90km in 30 days and Holly Weir who baked every day for a month! A special congratulations goes to these two pupils for their outstanding effort.


Well done to all pupils in Sixth Form for your super efforts in raising Monday for the Movember charity and also our three school charities (Abaana, Angel Eyes and Angel Wishes) through the various events.


Northern Ireland Secondary School of the Decade Article

Pupils at the Rainey feel they are part of a family

When the wealthy Presbyterian merchant Hugh Rainey left an endowment in his will in 1707 to establish a non-denominational school to teach Christian values, he could hardly have imagined a legacy stretching from Magherafelt in Northern Ireland to India, China and Uganda.

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GL Familiarisation Event


To confirm, the on-site GL Familiarisation event scheduled for Wednesday 2 December at 4pm has been cancelled.


This will be replaced by a virtual familiarisation event to be released in early January. Thank you.



NI Sunday Times Secondary School of the Decade


I am thrilled to announce Rainey Endowed School has been awarded the “NI Sunday Times Secondary School of the Decade”.


Alastair McCall, editor of the Sunday Times, said: “Children leave the Rainey as citizens of the world and graduates of an outstanding school, which manages to combine consistent academic excellence with a wider educational experience that equips them for life. It is impossible not to be wildly impressed by the school’s ethos, and the enthusiasm and commitment of its leaders to their mission.


“In making it The Sunday Times Northern Ireland Secondary School of the Decade, we recognise the transformative effect a great education can have on children, the Rainey’s pupils being its finest ambassadors. The school’s charitable work in countries as diverse as India and Uganda puts into action its teaching and enriches the lives of all involved. A place at this school should be highly prized.”


This is a great accolade for everyone involved – staff, pupils, parents and the wider Rainey community. The article will be published this Sunday, 29 November, in the Sunday Times.


Mr McClements




Exam Timetable Year 9 & 10


The exam timetables for the Year 9 and 10 exams in January have been released. Please click on the relevant link below to view the timetable:


Year 9


Year 10

ABP Angus Youth Challenge



Congratulations to Kelly Stewart who has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Individual Performance Award’ for her participation in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.


Kelly along with her other group members spent 18 months rearing 5 Aberdeen Angus cross calves while also completing research on benchmarking and women in agriculture.


Well done Kelly!

Letter to Parents 15 October 2020

Dear Parent,


I am writing to you at the end of what has been a challenging and unusual half-term for all of us. I would like to begin by acknowledging the efforts of everyone in the school community to make the return to school as smooth as possible and, in particular, I would like to commend our pupils who have co-operated with us so well in complying with all of the guidance and working hard to make learning as meaningful and enjoyable as possible.


As you will now be aware the Minister of Education announced yesterday that in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 all schools will now have an extended two weeks’ half-term break, with pupils returning on Monday 2 November.  The Minister has stated that there is to be no remote learning next week. We do acknowledge the importance of pupils and their families being able to rest and relax together and we hope that there will be opportunities for that. However, I am sure that you will understand that teaching staff are concerned about this further loss of teaching time. So, whilst no work will be set via Google Classroom nor will any uploads be expected, examination classes will be expected to do some work at this time, whether that be completing homeworks, essays or coursework or engaging in revision or preparation work in advance of next term. This would be the normal practice over half-term in any other year. Our hope this year is that pupils can complete all of this work next week and then have a full week to rest after what has been a challenging few weeks.


We know too that parents will be particularly concerned about the prospect of their children taking examinations after the ongoing disruption since March. As a school we are currently working on a document in response to the Minister of Education’s letter (dated 9 October) regarding the delivery of GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications in 2020/21. We raise a number of concerns in this letter and we want to assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our pupils will not be adversely affected by circumstances which are completely beyond their control.


One thing we have learned as a school community after returning to school in August is the importance of working together as teachers, pupils and parents, as we move into a new educational setting. Google Classroom has been an important tool for us in this regard. We have already had half a year group having to self-isolate at home, an experience which underscored the importance of virtual engagement via Google Classroom. Unfortunately, there could be more pupils having to self-isolate as we move into the winter season; hence, the importance of all students being confident in engaging with learning via this platform. Pupils have watched a virtual assembly highlighting the importance of Google Classroom and helping them with additional features they may not be currently using. Please stress to your son/daughter the importance of keeping up to date with their studies and utilising the powerful tool that Google Classroom is.


This term has been challenging for everyone, but by working together – teachers, pupils and parents – we can fulfil the potential of every pupil. I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family well.


Please note when your son/daughter returns on Monday 2 November they will be on Week 1 timetable.


Yours sincerely