Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2021 entry

8. Under-age and over-age testing

Coronavirus and Secondary Transfer Testing (4 May)

The Buckinghamshire 2021 Secondary Selection Tests are currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8 September (practice test) and Thursday 10 September (selection test). At the current time schools are closed and it is not known when they will re-open.

An update will be provided closer to the time if any changes need to be made to dates or other aspects of the testing arrangements. Details of any changes will be published on The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools’ website

Under age testing

Sometimes we agree that a child can take the Secondary Transfer Test before the school year in which they are 11. This only happens if your child is of outstanding academic ability. Your child will also need to:

  • be very mature, and
  • have been working well with other pupils in the year group above them for several years.

We will not agree to test an under-age child if they have only been in some classes with older children.

We will also not test a child if they have only been working in a mixed year group class.

Over age testing                        

From time to time, we agree to test a child who is over the age of 11. This is because there have been, and continue to be, educational reasons 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. If your child went to school in another country, or if your child was born late in the school year, we will need other reasons before we agree to test them.


If your child is under-age or over-age and you would like us to test them, then please contact us straight away.

We will ask you and your child's headteacher for more information. We will then 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: 4 May 2020

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