National Offer Day - 18 April

If you have applied for a primary school place online we emailed your offer 11am on 18 April. You can view your offer online.

If you applied by post your offer will be sent by first class post on 18 April.

View further information on waiting lists and how we manage later allocation rounds

Waiting Lists

If your child is on a Buckinghamshire school waiting list(s), we will let you know their waiting list position on 21 July.

Moving up to secondary school

16. Timeline for entry in 2018

Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 will be moving up to secondary school in September 2018. Use this timeline to give you all the important dates for your diary.


8 May 2017 – Transfer Test registration opens

The registration portal opens, for parents of children who do not attend a Buckinghamshire LA Primary School to register for the Transfer Test. If your child attends a Buckinghamshire LA school, you will not need to register them for the Transfer Test, as they are registered automatically. However, if you do not want them to be tested, you should let the school know nearer the time.

June to October 2017 – Open Events

30 June 2017, 3pm – DEADLINE Transfer Test registration closes

You must submit your application before 3pm.

September to October 2017 – Visit the schools

It’s important you find out about the schools you are interested in before you decide to put them on your application. You can name up to 6 schools when you apply.

Find my child a school place

Open events information will be added to our school directory when it is available. Open events are the easiest way to see a school first hand. You may need to make an appointment.

11 September – Applications open

The portal opens for secondary school applications.

12 September – Preparation Test

 Children take the Preparation Test.

14 September – Secondary Transfer Test

 Children take the Secondary Transfer Test.

13 October – Secondary Transfer Test results

 Parents receive their child’s Secondary Transfer Test results.

19 October

We recommend you apply online, or with a paper form, by this date to give us time to acknowledge that we have received your application.

20 October – last date to hand in application

This is the latest date for parents of children who go to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school to hand their paper form into their child’s school (Buckinghamshire residents).

31 October, 3pm – DEADLINE Applications close

This is the latest date for you to make and submit an online application – you have until 3pm. If you are posting a paper application, it must reach us no later than 3pm on this date. All applicants must submit address evidence to accompany their application.

Submit your address evidence


1 March – National Offer Day

Parents who applied online will be able to log in and view their offer. They will also be sent an email.

If you applied by post we will send your offer by first class post.

29 June – Last date for late testing

This is the latest date we can receive evidence to agree to register a child for the Transfer Test if they have very recently moved into the area. 

3 & 4 July – School transition days

Children go to Transition Day at their new secondary school.

September 2018 – Start of new school year

The new school year starts and children attend their new school.

Term dates in Buckinghamshire

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Last updated: 24 April 2017

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