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Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2020 Entry

11. Secondary Transfer Test results

The result of the testing process decides which type of school will best meet your child's needs.  This could be an upper/all-ability school or a grammar school.   

When will I receive my child’s Secondary Transfer Test results?

Primary School type

Did your child take the Secondary Transfer Test on 12 September 2019?

When will I get my child's results letter?

How will I receive the results letter?

LA  primary or
Partner school


18 October 2019

Your child will
bring the letter
home from school


As soon as possible after 18 October

By first class post

All other schools


18 October 2019

By first class post
– we will post
the letter on 17
October 2019 and by first class post


As soon as possible after 18 October

By first class



What the results mean  

On 18 October you will get a letter to tell you your child's Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS).  It will also tell you if your child has qualified for a grammar school.

The letter will give you your child's STTS. It will also tell you what your child scored in the verbal, mathematical and non-verbal sections of the test. It will say whether the STTS qualifies your child for grammar school admission.

If your child's STTS is 121 or more, they have qualified for grammar school. This means that we will do our best to offer your child a place at one of your preferred grammar schools on 2 March 2020.

If your child's STTS is less than 121, they have not qualified for grammar school.


Understanding your options

Please complete the answers below to see what options are available to you.


This flowchart is also available as a downloadable PDF.


Once you know the results

You need to make sure you apply for your child's secondary school place by the deadline of 3pm on 31 October 2019.

You may have been waiting for the results of the test before making your application.  If so, make sure you apply by the deadline.

If your child did not qualify

You only need to do something if your child did not qualify and you feel strongly that they would be suitable for a grammar school. If this is the case, you have two options:


  • You can ask for a Selection Review. Reviews take place between late November 2019 and January 2020. If your review is successful, your child will qualify for all Buckinghamshire grammar schools. We will be able to consider all your grammar school preferences for the allocation of school places on 2 March 2020.

If your child does not qualify at review, you can ask for an Independent Admission Appeal for a place at a particular grammar school. 
You cannot do this until after the allocation of school places in March. Appeals will take place from May 2020. If you decide to appeal and your child's case went to Selection Review, the Independent Appeal Panel (IAP) will first need to decide if the Selection Review Process was 'fair, consistent and objective'.

It is only if the IAP agrees that it was not, that they will then be able to consider the rest of the case you make for admission to the particular grammar school.


  • You may decide to wait. You can then ask for an independent appeal for a place at a particular grammar school once we tell you the outcome of your application on 2 March 2020. We will refuse your grammar school preferences as your child did not score 121 or more in the Secondary Transfer Test. Admissions appeals take place from May 2020.

You may wish to talk to your child's primary school headteacher before you ask for a review (or appeal). You can discuss if your child’s STTS was as expected and whether a grammar school would be best for your child. 

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Last updated: 20 May 2019

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