Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing - 2022 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.


Receiving the results

Date test was taken Results received
By 9 September 2021 15 October 2021
After 9 September 2021 Will be sent as soon as possible after 15 October 2021

These dates are the same regardless of if your child goes to a Buckinghamshire local authority, partner or any other school, including out of county. 

What the results mean  

On 15 October you will receive your child's Test results. 

You will receive your child's Secondary Transfer Test Score (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 1 March 2022.

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

Understanding your options

Complete the answers below to see what options are available to you.


Before you know the results

You need to make sure you apply for your child's secondary school place by the national deadline of midnight on 31 October 2021.

You will not have the results of the Secondary Transfer Test before the school place application deadline so you must include both grammar school preference/preferences and upper/all ability school preferences on your application.

Once you know the results

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 will take place in December 2021 and January 2022. 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 1 March 2022.

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 2022.

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 Admission Appeal for a place at a particular grammar school once we tell you the outcome of your application on 1 March 2022. We will refuse your grammar school preferences as your child did not score 121 or above in the Secondary Transfer Test. Admissions appeals take place from May 2022.

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: 10 June 2021

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