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Secondary Transfer Testing 2019 introduction

1. Secondary Transfer Testing 2019 introduction

This guide is for Secondary Transfer Testing (formerly the 11+) for Year 7 entry in September 2019. Additional information will be added to these pages as it becomes available.

There are two types of mainstream secondary schools in Buckinghamshire: grammar schools and upper/all-ability schools.

  • Grammar schools admit children based on their performance in the Secondary Transfer Test
  • Upper/all-ability schools admit any child, regardless of ability

All the grammar schools in Buckinghamshire are their own Admission Authority. Buckinghamshire LA acts as the Secondary Transfer Testing process administrator for The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS). This information is provided on their behalf.

TBGS will be changing the test provider of the Secondary Transfer Test for those children who will be taking the test for entry to year 7 in September 2019 and more information can be found on their website.

2. Testing timeline

Would you like your child to take the Secondary Transfer Test?

If yes:

  1. If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school they will automatically be registered to take the Secondary Transfer Test. If your child goes to any other school online registration opens on 1 May 2018, 3pm. The registration deadline is 28 June 2018, 3pm.
  2. Children prepare for the test by completing the Familiarisation booklet at home and then by taking the Preparation Test.
  3. Preparation and Secondary Transfer Tests are taken in September.
  4. Results are released in October before the secondary school application deadline. If your child does not qualify you will be able to ask for a Selection Review and/or (after 1 March 2019) an Admission Appeal.

If no:

  1. If your child goes to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school then you will need to let their headteacher know in writing that you do not want your child to take the Secondary Transfer Test.

Important note - All parents will need to apply for their child's secondary school place during the first half of the autumn term. Apply to the County or Borough in whose area your child lives. The National Secondary School Application Deadline is 31 October 2018.

3. Test dates

Children who go to Buckinghamshire LA primary and Partner schools take the Preparation and Secondary Transfer Tests at school on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 11 September 2018 - Preparation Test
  • Thursday 13 September 2018 - Secondary Transfer Test

Children from out of county schools will be tested on the same days, usually at one of the Buckinghamshire grammar schools.

Children living abroad

Children currently living abroad will not be tested until they return to the UK.