Sir William Borlase's Grammar School


Information about admissions to Borlase can be found below.   Full information about the curriculum followed at Borlase, including A level options subjects, can be found on our Academic Departments page.

Year 7 Admission

Moving up to Secondary School in 2022

Admission to the school in Years 7 is overseen by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) and is dependent  on performance in tests produced by GL Assessment. Most pupils take the ’11+’ in the first term of Year 6 and sit these tests in their own primary school.  Further information about the tests is available here.

Secondary Transfer Testing Registration

Children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 will be moving up to secondary school to begin Year 7 in September 2022. If you would like your child to go to a Buckinghamshire grammar school then they need to take the Transfer Tests.

Secondary Transfer Test Timeline for 2022 Entry:

15 October 2021 - Test Results Published

31 October 2021 - Deadline for Secondary School Application

1 March 2022 - National Offer Day

Who needs to register for the Secondary Transfer Test?

Children who attend a Buckinghamshire LA primary school are automatically registered and will sit the test in their current school.

Children who attend Partner Schools need to be registered for testing, however, they will sit the test in their current school.

Children who attend all other schools will need to be registered for testing, and will sit the test at central venues in Buckinghamshire.

Late Entry and Immediate Admission

Late Transfer Procedure

Admission to Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 (and to Year 7 from 1 January each academic year) will be handled in accordance with the school’s Late Transfer Procedure. 

Testing Criteria 

The academic suitability of candidates seeking admission under the school’s Late Transfer Procedure will be assessed through curriculum based tests in English, Science, Mathematics and a Modern Foreign Language. Candidates will be required to achieve a minimum standard in each of the tests in order to qualify for admission. Candidates will only be tested if they can demonstrate that they have exceeded age related expectations with a score of 110 or above in each area of the Key Stage 2 SATs. Students who attended schools which did not participate in the national tests will be required to submit alternative evidence to demonstrate that they have achieved an equivalent standard. This evidence will be reviewed by a panel of Curriculum Area Team Leaders chaired by the Headteacher. 

Please contact both us and the admissions team at Buckinghamshire County Council for guidance.

September Admission 

Children seeking admission to Year 8 at the start of the next academic year and who meet the Testing Criteria will be invited to sit tests in the Annual Testing Round. This is organised by the school and will take place at the end of January of the year in which admission is sought in September.

Likewise, there is a test available for entry into Year 9/10/11 if there are places available. The deadline for registration for the tests will be the second Monday in January of the same year. Evidence of residence will be required. 

Please note that the school does not anticipate having vacancies for either Year 8 or Year 9 in September 2022 and all testing will be to join the waiting list only

Updated 01.03.2022

Immediate Admission 

Children who have moved into the local area since the last Annual Testing Round may apply for immediate admission to Years 7 (from 1 January), 8, 9, 10, 11 and will be tested at the next convenient date provided that they meet the Testing Criteria outlined above. Evidence of residence will be required.

It would be in exceptional circumstances that students are admitted into years 10 and 11 due to the nature of GCSE teaching.

An application form is available here.

Admission to the 6th Form

Applications by students currently at schools other than Sir William Borlase's Grammar School are made by completing the application form posted in the 6th Form area of the website.  They should also include a CV and a letter of application, of no more than one side of A4, outlining their motivation to join the Borlase 6th Form and explaining their subject choices.  The application form and letter can be handed in at Reception or posted to Claire Woodgate, Sixth Form Admissions, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, West Street, Marlow SL7 2BR.  External applicants should also download the reference form below and pass it to their current school for completion.

The deadline for applications for September 2022 is Tuesday 1 February 2022.

Current Borlase Year 11 students should fill in the Internal Student application form: this will be explained at school in assemblies, tutor time and PSHE lessons.

The minimum entry requirement for all students applying to the Sixth Form is as follows:

  • An Average Point Score (APS) across all GCSE subjects of 6.4 with a minimum Level 5 in Maths and English.  IGCSEs are also acceptable.
  • Most A Level subjects require a Level 7 to continue to A Level; individual subject requirements are detailed in the Subject Information pages.

As of November 2021, we expect that a full programme of external GCSE exams will take place in summer 2022.  Following the application deadline in February 2022, we will write to all applicants with an indication of where they would be placed in a rank order of applicants should we have to apply our published oversubscription criteria.  In summer 2021, in the context of Teacher Assessed Grades, we had to apply these criteria for the first time.  However, please note that we were able to successfully admit over 95% of applicants who met our academic criteria in summer 2021.