Secondary Transfer Testing and Grammar schools 2018

13. Exceptional reasons for not qualifying

You may believe that an illness or upset in the family has resulted in your child not qualifying for a place at a grammar school when the academic evidence indicates they would have done so.

If this is the case, ensure you include third-party evidence to confirm the situation. This might be, for example, a GP or medical specialist's letter for the child or the family member; a letter from an employer to explain a lengthy parental absence (particularly for forces families where a family member has been serving in a combat zone); evidence to show significant issues such as the death of a close family member near to the time of the test or a very recent house/school move. Please always provide copies not originals.

You should also ensure you show that the Secondary Transfer Test results are exceptional and that your child would be academically able to meet the demands of a grammar school. You can supplement the Headteacher's Selection Review Summary Sheet with previous school reports, but not school work, as this will not be considered by the Panel.

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Last updated: 27 July 2017

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