It’s understood that some children perform better with the benefit of an extra 18 months of age, education and preparation time. The Bucks Late Transfer test determines which students are suitable for entry into a grammar school in Year 8 (12+) or Year 9 (13+). The test is intended for children who didn’t achieve the required score in the 11+ or for those children who didn’t take the test.

We have been preparing children for the Late Entry test (12+/13+) for over 10 years. Many children who did not do well in the 11+ (due to a number of reasons), join Tops and go on and perform extremely well in the Late Entry test. 

Most grammar schools in Bucks use a GL paper-based test for the Late Transfer Test (administered by Bucks CC), which includes a combination of maths, English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal/spatial reasoning tests.

Wycombe High School for Girls use a computer-based test commissioned by CEM Durham and both Dr Challoner’s Boys and Royal Grammar School (RGS) write their own curriculum-based papers.

There are less places available via the late transfer procedure, so it’s important to be realistic about the chances of securing a place. Some schools have a waiting list of successful candidates and in some cases children who were successful at 12+ are not offered a place and go on to sit the 13+.

The vast majority of Tops students pass (around 92% on average succeed) and we believe our Late Entry Preparation course will give your child the best chance of success.

We review the GL VR question types, cover comprehension skills, practice non-verbal, develop problem solving skills and introduce new question types that have been in previous 12+/13+exams. The course also includes two professionally run mock exams.

For further details, please get in touch.

Times tables underpin so much of mathematical understanding and it is vital to have quick recall (up to 12 times tables) for the 11 plus exam. 

Supporting your child to learn their times tables is crucial to help develop their maths skills and build their confidence. Some children learn by rote; for others it’s impossible. To support their learning, you will need to work out what will help your child to remember them, whether that’s listening or singing times tables songs, using flashcards, putting the tables into practice with puzzles or writing them out. The important thing is to get into the the habit of practising times tables with your child and keep revisiting them frequently.

A prime number is a whole number greater than 1 whose only factors are 1 and itself. A factor is a whole numbers that can be divided evenly into another number. The first few prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 and 19.

Don’t forget 1 is not a prime number because 1 only has one factor – itself!




Tops 13 plus Late Transfer course starts September 2021!  Featuring paper-based classroom practice/online homework, the course includes all material and resources. Suitable for all Bucks schools including Dr Challoner’s and Royal Grammar School (RGS).

Our Year 4 students voted this their favourite extract of writing and we agree!

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” (The Twits by Roald Dahl).



In the UK, there are currently around 164 state-funded fully selective schools, (also known as grammar schools). Last year (2017-2018) according to The Telegraph, ten schools stood out as being top for GCSE results. Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet and Colchester County High School for Girls both achieved 100 per cent rates of students getting five A*-C/4-9 grades. They were by no means the only schools to achieve this feat – in fact 46 schools matched it – but they came out ahead when ranked on a secondary measure. Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire and Kendrick School in Reading, Berkshire made the list of the top grammar schools in the UK. Read more 

This workbook contains 50 questions with answers. It is perfect for working independently at home and is an ideal resource for the long summer break. Exclusively offered through our website, it is available for immediate print after purchase.
There are 21 types of questions set by GL Assessment, which children must learn for the 11 plus exam (known as Types A-Z). It is important to be familiar with all the question types, as they can vary from year to year. Verbal Reasoning Type 1 is not one of the 21 types, however it was in the Bucks eleven plus exam last year. We recommend that students keep building their word knowledge and complete lots of different vocabulary style questions in the lead up to the exam. 
Tops 11 plus resources will ensure your child receives all the practice they need, so they are fully prepared and confident on the day of the exam.

Here are the top 15 schools in the Chiltern + South Bucks and Wycombe Districts by 11+ pass rates (for year 2017).




See the full table for Chiltern + South Bucks and Wycombe below:

























Bucks Grammar Schools

Admissions Policy 

The admissions policy for Bucks grammar schools follow the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for Secondary Schools in Buckinghamshire County Council Local Authority unless stated otherwise. This is referred to as The County Scheme. The County Scheme is available on the Buckinghamshire County Council website or click here for a link.

Admission Rules 

Once places have been allocated to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Educational Health Care Plan), the remaining places are allocated in the following order:

Rule 1 – Looked after and previously looked after children.

Rule 2 – Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, with written evidence from an appropriate professional person.

Rule 3 – Children living within the catchment area of the school.

Rule 4 – For the main point of entry: Siblings of children who are attending the school or a ‘linked primary’ school in Year R to Year 5 at the time the allocations are made (March 2019), and are expected to be on the school roll or linked school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school or a ‘linked primary’ school.

For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry: Siblings of children who are in Year R to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.

Rule 5 – Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made (March 2019). This rule does not apply to those applying for a place in Reception.

Rule 6 – Once the above rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order, using the distance between the family’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest entrance gate, offering the closest first. We use straight line distance.

Rule 7 – Where a school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.

For example, places are offered to catchment siblings before children living in the catchment area without siblings. In each case, distance is used to prioritise which children should be offered places.

Rule 8 – If it is still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equal distance then an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.

11+ Admission Over-subscription Criteria

Please clink the links below for details: 

Aylesbury Grammar School

Aylesbury High School

Beaconsfield High School

Burnham High School

Chesham High School

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Dr Challoner’s High School

John Hampden  Grammar School

The Royal Grammar School

The Royal Latin School

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

Wycombe High School