Changing school in-year

4. Moving to Grammar School

If you are moving into Buckinghamshire and you are seeking a grammar school place your child will need to be tested.

We recommend that you also apply for an upper school place as it may take up to 8 weeks for a test date to be arranged.

However, there is no guarantee of a Buckinghamshire grammar school place through this process even if a child qualifies.

Step 1 Who you apply to

You will either need to apply directly to the grammar school or to the Admission team. The in-year application checker will let you know who you need to apply to. 

Step 2 Submit evidence

You will need to upload your supporting evidence with your application. Please ensure you have an electronic copy before you start to complete the application.

Step 3 Make the application

Complete the online form. Once you have submitted it you will receive an email that will confirm that we have your application.

Step 4: We will email you

We will review your application and we will email to let you know:

  • That we require further evidence. You will need to log in and submit this via your application.
  • We are processing your application and we will write to you within 20 school days.

Step 5: You can view your application online

Just log in select ‘Track your Previous Requests’ so you can

  • Track the status of your application
  • if requested provide further information
  • view the date that you will hear from us once we have received a complete application

Step 6: We will write to you

Your application will be processed, and we will aim to write to you within 20 school days.

Your application will be processed, and we will contact you with the test details.

Exceptional circumstances

If you have not moved into Buckinghamshire or have exceptional circumstances why your child should move to a grammar school. You will need to provide evidence from your child’s current school and/or other source.

If your child is tested and qualifies, please refer to the school to determine how long the qualification will be valid.

If your child will require a place in Year 10 or Year 11

All Buckinghamshire Grammar schools undertake their own testing for entry in to Key Stage 4. Each school’s decision to deem your child qualified for admission applies only to that school. Some schools commence their GCSE courses in the summer term of Year 9, and will manage their KS4 admission process for this point.

You should check with your preferred schools about the timing of their individual testing process for entry into KS4. Few schools are able to accommodate admissions once the KS4 options are set. Think carefully before choosing to disrupt your child’s GCSE’s by requiring a school move part-way through.

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Last updated: 19 September 2019

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