Open to schools unable to form a pipe band but that wish to give pipers a competing experience. Combined schools quartets may also enter the competition provided that all participating pupil players attend schools within the same education authority.
Schools or combined schools without a pipe band may enter up to two quartets, after negotiation with and subsequent invitation by the organisers. Any combined schools quartet should not contain a player from a school which enters a quartet in its own right. There will be no limit to the number of years a pupil may compete as part of a school quartet.