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The 12+ and 13+


The 12+ and 13+ processes are collectively described by Bucks County Council as the “late transfer procedure”. The official document describing this process is linked at the bottom of this page but key things to note are:

1. Any pupil in Year 7 (12+) or Year 8 (13+) at an Upper School or an Independent School can apply to be considered for a grammar school place under this process.

2. It is a bit more difficult to win a grammar school place under the 12+ than it is under the 11+. It is much more difficult to win a place under the 13+.

3. A number of key points have to be successfully met by applicants before a place is awarded at either 12+ or 13+. This includes an assessment of the applicant’s latest academic achievements. Then, if the applicant is recommended to sit the exam, the result of the applicant’s 12+ or 13+ verbal reasoning test [there is only one exam at each of these levels, unlike the 11+ where it is the best score out of two tests], and finally the key hurdle of whether there is actually a spare grammar school place for the qualifying applicant!

4. The Royal Grammar and Beaconsfield High School - two schools with catchment links to Holmer Green - handle their own late admissions and so you should contact these schools directly.

The success of late transfers varies from year to year but the September 2006 entry gives a rough snapshot of the grammar school transfer rate at 12+ and 13+ :



Year 8 entry (12+)
Year 9 entry (13+)
Number of applications received
315
210
Number of children tested
166
111
Number of children qualified
106
42
Number allocated a preferred school
72
15


The equivalent figures for September 2007 entry were:


Year 8 entry (12+)
Year 9 entry (13+)
Number of applications received
302
119
Number of children tested
223
72
Number of children qualified
153
40
Number allocated a preferred school
90
11


Holmer Green applicants who succeed at 12+ can sometimes get into Wycombe High School (girls) and the Royal Grammar School (boys). If that proves impossible because of insufficient places, the applicant has a better chance of winning a place at Chesham Grammar School (co-ed) or John Hampden Grammar School (boys); these two schools tend to have spare places for 12+ applicants, but nothing is ever certain. Note that it is extremely difficult for a Holmer Green 12+ applicant to win a place at Beaconsfield High School.

Under Freedom of Information, we have been able to access Chesham Grammar's approximate 12+ allocation zones for the last four years. The red-green colour indicates whether successful Holmer Green 12+ applicants were able to access the school (see our secondary schools section for a fuller explanation of allocation data). The allocation zones are:


Chesham Grammar

2006 entry

2007 entry

2008 entry

2009 entry

2010 entry

12+ allocation zone

Approx 8 miles outside

Approx 6 miles inside

All offered

All offered

3.65 miles inside



One may conclude from all of this, that transfer to a grammar school at 12+ is more complex/difficult than at 11+ (and even more difficult at 13+).


Link to the late transfer procedure on Buckscc website


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