Transfer Testing and Grammar schools

4. Under-age and over-age testing

Occasionally, we agree that a child can take the Transfer Test before the school year in which they have their 11th birthday. This can only happen if they are of outstanding academic ability, are exceptionally mature and have been working well (for a number of years) with other pupils in the year group chronologically above them. We will not agree to test an under-age child just because they have been in some classes with older children, or if they have been working in a class comprised of mixed year groups.

Very occasionally, we will agree to test a child who is over the age of 11. This would be because in the past there were educational reasons (which have continued) for your child to be in a lower year group. This might also be because your child has missed at least a year of school because they were ill or living abroad.

Going to a school in another country, or your child being born late in the school year, are not sufficient reasons for us to agree to test your child later than with their chronological year group.

If you would like to apply to register an under-age or over-age child, please contact us urgently. We will ask you for more information and we will contact your child's headteacher for an assessment before we decide if we will offer testing. If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school or Partner school, you should speak to their headteacher as soon as possible.

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Last updated: 16 March 2017