Transfer Testing and Grammar schools

9. Selection Review

A Selection Review is an opportunity for you to explain (in writing) to a panel of headteachers, why you feel your child would be best placed in a grammar school. They will be able to decide whether your child would be suitable for a grammar school even though their STTS was less than 121.

Selection Reviews will be held from late November 2016 to January 2017. Each Selection Review Panel will consist of three headteachers – two grammar school headteachers and one primary school headteacher. The headteachers will be chosen from a group of headteachers who have prepared for, and understand, the nature of the decisions they are taking. They will not consider cases of children known to them or from schools in which they have an interest.

Cases will be allocated to panels randomly and broadly in date order of receipt of completed requests. The Selection Review Panel will not be provided with the secondary school preferences of cases coming before them. Cases including Educational Psychologists' reports or other specialist reports (for example: medical consultant or ophthalmologist reports) will be referred to a particular panel at which an Educational Psychologist (EP) will be available to provide expert information. However, the EP will not have a vote when it comes to the decision-making process.

Some things for you to think about

Academic evidence will be vital to the success of any Selection Review so before you decide whether to request a review, you should bear in mind that the Selection Review Panel (SRP) will be looking for clear academic evidence to show that your child would be appropriately placed in a grammar school. The Panel will also want to see evidence of any exceptional reasons to explain why your child may not have done as well as you, or their headteacher, had expected in the Transfer Test.

We will give the SRP information about how your child performed in the Transfer Test. The Panel will be given your child's scores in the verbal, numerical and non-verbal sections of the test as well as their STTS. Additionally, if your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary or Partner school, the SRP will also have information from their current headteacher, decided upon in advance of the test results being known, about whether they believe your child would be suitably placed in a grammar school as well as their attitude to work (learning).

When will I know the outcome of my review?

You will be told the outcome of your review in a letter posted on 3 February 2017. At the same time, the headteachers of Buckinghamshire LA primary and Partner schools will know the outcomes for children at their schools.

If your review was successful, and was heard during the main review sessions (November to January), then the allocation on 1 March 2017 will take the review decision into account. We will have been able to consider your child as qualified for admission to all of your grammar school preferences. If you have (for whatever reason) a successful review heard later in the year, then we will work through your preferences during the next allocation round and let you know the outcome.

No outcomes will be released until after all of the Selection Review Panels have been held and the moderation session is completed. At the moderation session there will be a final cross-check to ensure consistency has been maintained across the different panels. It is only once this part of the process is complete that the outcomes will be released.

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Last updated: 16 March 2017