Admissions 11-16

Admissions to Year 7

The Royal Latin School is a selective Grammar and an Academy, therefore, students must satisfy the academic criteria for entry. Students join us in Year 7 after taking the 11+ selection tests which are administered by Buckinghamshire Council. However, students may be considered for places at any age from Year 7 upwards.

For Admissions during the academic year, appeals will be managed by the Council’s Legal and Democratic Services team, on behalf of the school. If parents who are resident in Buckinghamshire are refused a place, they will be given full details about how they can appeal by the Admissions and Transport Team. Residents of other boroughs should also approach the Admissions and Transport Team for appeal information.

Transfer Testing

There is an online application portal for parents to register their child for testing, and this can be accessed via the Grammar Schools and Transfer Test page on the Buckinghamshire County website. The portal is the same as the one that is used when applying for school places, so it is important that in registering for testing parents appreciate that they are registering their child for the Transfer Test only and not applying for a place in a specific school.

Buckinghamshire Council will provide parents with supporting information which makes this clear and also guides them step-by-step through the registration process. 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. If you have any queries that cannot be answered using the information above, please contact the Admissions and Transport team at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions. 

Parents whose children attend a Partner or out of county primary school can find all the relevant information including the link to the registration portal.

Later Admissions to Years 7 and 8

Parents who wish to transfer their children to the Royal Latin School during Years 7 and 8 (e.g. the family is moving into the district) need to contact the Admissions and Transport Team on 01296 395000 and select option 3. Alternatively, parents can visit the website www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions.

Later Admissions to Years 9 – 11

The Late Admissions Transfer Test is organised by the School and takes place on the school site in January and March.  The test includes English Language, Science, Maths and a Language of your choice (either French, Spanish or German); all topics cover the national curriculum and you will have a break between each 45-minute test.  Students will usually receive their results within three weeks once their paper has been marked by subject staff at the school.

For later entry into Years 9, 10 and 11, parents should download a Late Transfer Application Form.  This should be completed and either posted to Miss L Graham, Key Stage 4 Student Support at the school or emailed to lgraham@royallatin.org  A separate information pack detailing the range of GCSE subjects is available from the school.

Test Dates

Admission to the Sixth Form

Admission to Sixth Form is dependent on GCSE performance. An on-line Prospectus is available from the School website which details the curriculum on offer at this level and describes the application procedure in more detail. For further information and to make an application Click Here

Visiting RLS

An Open Evening is normally held in June/July for parents and students who are considering applying to the RLS.  Unfortunately we are also currently unable to welcome visits from parents and their children during school hours during autumn and the coming spring term. We remain unable to offer visits during the examination period May to July.   

Our next 11+ Open Evening will be a virtual tour of the school.  We hope to make this available in October.


Transport Between Home and School

Home to school transport is organised by Buckinghamshire Council. Parents can speak directly to an Admissions and Transport specialist by calling the council’s general enquiry telephone number on 01296 395000 and selecting option 3. This line is likely to be very busy at peak times and so parents are encouraged to visit the website www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions in the first instance. 

All students who use transport arranged by the Local Authority will be issued with a bus pass which MUST be shown on ALL journeys to and from School. A small passport-sized photograph will be needed for this purpose.

In the event of a student being involved in inappropriate behaviour on a school bus, the Authority has the right to remove the bus pass for a period of time, which may be temporary or permanent, depending on the nature of the incident(s). In such a case the parent(s) may be liable to provide alternative transport to and from school.


Disabled Access

If, as a parent, you have any access needs which would help you when attending functions at the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school prior to the meeting to arrange assistance. There are lifts in the Main Block, New Block and Discovery Centre. There are also disabled parking spaces at the front of the school next to the path, with ramped access to the Main Reception. There is one space to the rear of the school beside the Technology Block.


Appeals (Years 7-11)

Our admissions appeals are handled, on our behalf, by Buckinghamshire Council. For information and policies relating to appeals, please click here.


Useful Links

Buckinghamshire Council School Admissions

Catchment Checker (Y7 -Y11 Only)

Contact the Buckinghamshire Council Admissions Team

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