Guide to moving up to secondary school
Timeline for entry 2024
Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be moving up to secondary school in September 2024. The dates are below.
6 May, Secondary Transfer Test registration opens
You only need to register for the Secondary Transfer Test if your child does not attend a Buckinghamshire local authority primary school. Registration opens at 3pm.
If your child attends a Buckinghamshire local authority school, you do not need to register them for the Secondary Transfer Test as they are registered automatically.
If you do not want your child to be tested, you should let the school know nearer the time.
16 June - Secondary Transfer Test registration closes at 3pm
If your child does not attend a Buckinghamshire local authority primary school, you'll need to register for the secondary transfer test by 3pm on 17 June.
September to October - open events
Open events information for 2024 entry will be added to our school directory when they are available. Open events are the easiest way to see a school first-hand. You may need to make an appointment.
1 September – deadline for a new address for grammar school preferences
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 previous address will still be used in the first round of allocations.
6 September - applications open
You can apply for a secondary school place.
September - Secondary Transfer Tests
Secondary Transfer Testing will take place on:
- 12 and 14 September for children attending Buckinghamshire primary schools and partner schools
- 12 and 14 September, or 13 and 15 September, for children attending out of county schools
13 October - Secondary Transfer Test results
Children who sat the Secondary Transfer Test by 15 September will receive their results on 13 October.
Children who sat the Secondary Transfer Test after 15 September will receive their results as soon as possible after 13 October.
20 October - Last date to hand in paper application
This is the latest date for parents of children who go to a Buckinghamshire LA primary school to hand a paper form into their child’s school.
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 for the first round of allocations. Some academies, as well as foundation, free and voluntary-aided schools, may have different deadlines.
31 October - secondary school applications close at midnight
Buckinghamshire residents have until midnight to submit their online secondary school application.
If you are posting a paper application, it must reach us no later than 31 October. All applicants must submit address evidence to accompany their application.
1 March - National Offer Day
View your school place offer.
If you applied online you will be able to log in and view your child’s offer. You will also be sent an email.
Parents who applied on a paper form will be emailed if an email address was provided.
21 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.
If you move to Buckinghamshire after this date you will need to make an in year application and provide evidence of your move. Testing will take place in the Autumn term. View our information on how to apply if you're changing school in-year.
2 and 3 July - school transition days
Children go to Transition Day at their new secondary school.
September 2024 - start of new school year
The new school year starts and children attend their new school.