Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2020 Entry

1. Secondary Transfer Testing 2020 introduction

This information is for the parents of pupils who will be moving up to Year 7 in September 2020.


We have two sorts of mainstream secondary schools - 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 thirteen grammar schools in Buckinghamshire is its own Admission Authority. Together these schools are known as The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). We administer the Secondary Transfer Testing process for TBGS. We provide this information on their behalf. You can find more details on the TBGS website including links to the website for each grammar school.

GL Assessment will provide the Secondary Transfer Test for September 2020 entry.

Your child will take the Secondary Transfer Test at the beginning of the autumn term of Year 6. The test works out a child's potential. The skills measured in the test should make sure that your child will go to a school that can best meet their educational needs. 

We test if your child can think through and work out verbal, numerical and non-verbal problems. This gives your child the chance to show their skills in different ways - using words, numbers and pictures or diagrams.

We give each child a Familiarisation booklet to work through at home. This makes sure your child has the chance to see the style of the tests and to try out some of the question types. Your child will also take a Practice Test before taking the Secondary Transfer Test.


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Last updated: 4 May 2020

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