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Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2019 Entry

1. Secondary Transfer Testing 2019 introduction

This guide is for Secondary Transfer Testing (formerly the 11+) for pupils who will be joining Year 7 in September 2019. Additional information will be added to these pages as it becomes available.

There are two types of mainstream secondary school in Buckinghamshire: grammar schools and upper/all-ability schools.

  • Grammar schools admit children based on their performance in the Secondary Transfer Test
  • Upper/all-ability schools admit any child, regardless of ability

Each of the grammar schools in Buckinghamshire is its own Admission Authority. Buckinghamshire LA acts as the Secondary Transfer Testing process administrator for the thirteen grammar schools as represented by The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). This information is provided on their behalf. Further details can be found on the TBGS website including links to each grammar school website.

The test provider for the Secondary Transfer Test for September 2019 entry is GL Assessment.

The Secondary Transfer Test is taken at the beginning of the autumn term of Year 6. It is independently produced by GL Assessment. The test has been specially designed to work out a child's potential and the skills measured in the test should make sure that all children go to a school that can best meet their educational needs.

The Secondary Transfer Test is a test of children's ability to think through and solve problems posed in three different contexts: verbal, numerical and non-verbal. This gives children the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a range of ways – using words, numbers and pictures or diagrams.

There has been a great deal of research internationally and for many decades about the nature of children's abilities and how best to measure them.

The Secondary Transfer Test reflects modern research into the nature of ability and the quite widely-held view that people have multiple abilities. It is therefore considered appropriate to test children's ability to think in a range of different contexts.

To make sure that children have had the chance to see the style of the tests and to try out some of the question types, there is a Familiarisation booklet to work through at home. Then, before taking the Secondary Transfer Test, children will also take the Practice Test.

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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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