Sir William Borlase's Grammar School


Information about admissions to Borlase can be found below.  Our 6th form Open Evening takes place on Monday 11 November.  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 2020

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 2008 and 31 August 2009 will be moving up to secondary school to begin Year 7 in September 2020. 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 2020 Entry:

1 May 2019 (3pm) – online test registration opens

27 June 2019 (3pm) – deadline for registering

10 September 2019 – Preparation Test

12 September 2019– Secondary Transfer Test

17 October 2019 – Test results published

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.

How do parents register for Testing?

Buckinghamshire County Council are using an online application portal for parents to register their child for testing.

This year parents will register their child for testing on a new online portal, designed specifically for testing registration and this will be accessed on the Grammar Schools and Transfer Test page on their website. Those parents that need to register their child should use this route no matter where they live. If a family has difficulty in accessing the internet, we would recommend they ask a friend or relative, visit their local library or ask their child’s school if they can assist.

Admission procedures can be confusing. It is very important that you contact the Admissions team at County Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks (Tel: 01296 395000 selecting option 3) to ensure that you receive the most current information and the necessary application forms.  Alternatively visit the Contact Us form on their website.

Late Entry and Immediate Admission

Students who have moved into the local area during the current Academic Year may apply for immediate admission to Years 7, 8 or 9.

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

Late Entry Transfer for September 2019 (Years 8 & 9)

Entry into Years 8, 9 & 10 is via direct application to the school.  An application form can be downloaded here.

Admission to Years 8, 9 and 10 will be handled in accordance with the school’s late transfer procedure in the Admission Policy. The school operates a three-year Key Stage 4, with GCSE work starting in September of Year 9. Only in exceptional cases will any place be offered in Year 9 after 31 December  or at any time in Year 10 or 11, because of the nature of the GCSE course, even when the year group is below our published Admission number.

The academic suitability of candidates seeking admission will be assessed through curriculum based tests in English and Mathematics, Science 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 are required to demonstrate that they achieved 110 in 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.

Children seeking admission to years 8 and 9 in September 2020 and who meet the testing criteria will be invited to sit tests in January 2020

The deadline to register to apply for September 2020 admission is Friday 10th January 2020.

The test will take place on Friday 31st January 2020