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Moving up to Secondary School

The deadline to apply for a secondary school place was 3pm on 31 October. If you have missed the deadline you can find out what to do next.

Moving up to secondary school

17. Timeline for entry in 2020

Further information will be added to this timeline as it is available.

Children born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 will be moving up to secondary school in September 2020. The dates set so far for that academic year are as follows -


1 May, 3pm – Secondary Transfer Test registration opens

The registration portal opens, for parents of children who do not attend a Buckinghamshire LA Primary School, to register for the Secondary Transfer Test. If your child attends a Buckinghamshire LA school, you will not need to register them for the Secondary Transfer Test, as they are registered automatically. However, if you do not want them to be tested, you should let the school know nearer the time.

June to October 2019 – Open events


27 June, 3pm DEADLINE Secondary Transfer Test registration closes

September to October 2019 – Visit the 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 6 schools when you apply.

Find my child a school place

Open events information for 2020 entry will be added to our school directory when it is available. Open events are the easiest way to see a school first hand. You may need to make an appointment.

10 September – Practice Test

Children take the Practice Test

12 September  – Secondary Transfer Test

Children take the Secondary Transfer Test

18 October  – Secondary Transfer Test results

Parents receive their child’s Secondary Transfer Test results

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.

31 October, 3pm DEADLINE secondary school applications close

Buckinghamshire residents have until 3pm on this date to submit their online secondary school application. 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.


1 March  National Offer Day

Parents who applied online will be able to log in and view their offer. They will also be sent an email. We post letters to parents who applied on a paper form.

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Last updated: 22 October 2018

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