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Moving up to secondary school

1. Timeline for entry in 2018

Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 will be moving up to secondary school in September 2018. Use this timeline to give you all the important dates for your diary.


September-October 2017 – Open Events – visit schools

It’s important you find out about the schools you are interested in before you decide to put them on your application. You can name up to six schools when you apply.

Find my child a school place

Use our school directory to find out when a school’s next open event is. This is the easiest way to see a school first hand. You may need to make an appointment.

12 September – Applications open

The online portal opens for secondary school applications.  Please ensure you have read our Guide for applying online before making your application.

Apply for a secondary school place

12 September – Preparation Test

 Children take the Preparation Test.

14 September – Secondary Transfer Test

 Children take the Secondary Transfer Test

13 October – Secondary Transfer Test results

 Parents receive their child’s Secondary Transfer Test results.

19 October

We recommend you apply online, or with a paper form, by this date to give us time to acknowledge that we have received your application.

20 October – last date to hand in application

This is the latest date for parents of children who go to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school to hand their paper form into their child’s school (Buckinghamshire residents).

31 October, 3pm – DEADLINE Applications close

This is the latest date for you to make and submit an online application – you have until 3pm. If you are posting a paper application, it must reach us no later than 3pm on this date. All applicants must submit address evidence to accompany their application.

Submit your address evidence

31 October – DEADLINE Last date for moving into Buckinghamshire

The latest date for moving into Buckinghamshire (and providing evidence) for us to use this address when we consider your school preferences for the first round of allocations. Please note that some Academies, as well as Foundation, Free and Voluntary-Aided schools, may have different deadlines – check their rules.


1 March – National Offer Day

After 2pm, parents who applied online will be able to log in and view their offer. They will also be sent an email.

The portal is now closed.

If you applied by post we will send your offer by first class post.

What to do after you get your offer

29 June – Last date for late testing

This is the latest date we can receive evidence to agree to register a child for the Secondary Transfer Test if they have very recently moved into the area. Testing will take place in July

3 & 4 July – School transition days

Children go to Transition Day at their new secondary school.

September 2018 – Start of new school year

The new school year starts and children attend their new school.

Term dates in Buckinghamshire

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Last updated: 16 March 2018

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