Grammar schools and Secondary Transfer Testing (11+)

Introduction and key dates

In Buckinghamshire there are 13 grammar schools.

The grammar schools formed together as The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) to manage transfer testing for all grammar schools in the county.

For a child to be placed at one of these grammar schools, they must sit the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test (formerly known as 11+).

Children who achieve a score of at least 121 in the test are considered qualified for a Buckinghamshire grammar school.

Secondary Transfer Test dates

View the dates for entry in 2024.

Date Event
5 May to 16 June 2023 Families can register their child for the Secondary Transfer Test. Children who attend a state-funded primary school in Buckinghamshire do not need to register as they are entered for the test automatically
9 August 2023 Families who registered for testing will receive a test invitation by email
1 September 2023 For most grammar schools, this is the cut-off date for the home address they’ll use for applicants in their first round of allocations, but you should check each grammar school’s Admissions Policy to make sure.

If your home address changes after this date, your old previous address will still be used in the first round of allocations.
12 September 2023 Children who attend a state-funded Buckinghamshire primary school or Partner School will sit the Practice Test in their school. Children who attend any other school will sit the Practice Test at a grammar school test centre*

*Grammar school test centres have a limited capacity. If that capacity is exceeded, a further testing session may be organised for a different date. If this applies to your child, we will contact you separately.
14 September 2023 Children who attend a state-funded Buckinghamshire primary school or Partner School will sit the Transfer Test in their school. Children who attend any other school will sit the Transfer Test at a grammar school test centre**

**Grammar school test centres have a limited capacity. If that capacity is exceeded, a further testing session may be organised for a different date. If this applies to your child, we will contact you separately.
13 October 2023 Secondary Transfer Test results released
31 October 2023 The deadline to submit a secondary school application to your home Local Authority