"The pastoral care I have received by the Sixth Form Team and wider staff has been amazing and I feel more supported at school now than ever. The generosity of time that teachers have given towards helping and supporting my learning has been wonderful.
Welcome to our Admissions information page. We hope that the links below help guide you through the process, however please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing if you need any further support. Please email here.
Admissions - from September 2025 (proposed policy for consultation) The consultation will run from Monday 13th November 2023 - Friday 12th January 2024.
Supplementary Information Form - Applicants who wish to be considered under the criteria referring to the School’s catchment area, are required to complete a SIF to confirm their residency qualification.
The electronic link above will be open from 1st October 2023 and in order for us to accurately process applications in time for the first round of allocations on National Offer Day, these should be received by Wednesday 30th November 2023.
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the SIF2, then a copy can also be found at the end of our 2024 Admissions Policy.
I absolutely love this school. I find myself excited for every new day.
Dr Challoner’s High School welcomes applications for admission, please see Policy section.
For further information about the test and the testing process please refer to the information on The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) website and the Admissions pages on the Buckinghamshire Council website.
website: https://www.thebucksgrammarschools.org/ and the Bucks Admissions website pages: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools-index/school-admissions/
Secondary Transfer Test
Parents whose children attend a Partner or out of county primary school can find all the relevant information here.
MOVING UP TO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2024
Children sit two test papers in the Autumn of the year prior to proposed admission. Children sit both papers on the same day. Each test paper is approximately 60 minutes in length: including an introduction and practice examples. The STT assess verbal, non-verbal and mathematical skills. The child’s scores in each of the three skills areas are age-standardised to ensure children are placed on an equal footing regardless of when their birthday falls in the year. The three age-standardised scores are then added together to give the child’s Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS). Children need an STTS of 121 or more in order to automatically qualify for a grammar school place. As clarified in our Admissions Policy, however, the school will make available up to 12 places to girls, within the existing PAN of 180, resident in the catchment area, who are in receipt of Pupil Premium, or who are LAC/Post-LAC, IAC, or IAPLAC, at the time of application, and who have achieved a standardised score of at least 115 in the admissions tests. If not all 12 places are filled, then up to six of these 12 places will be made available to girls, resident in the catchment area, who are in receipt of Pupil Premium, or who are LAC/Post-LAC, IC, or IAPLAC, at the time of application, and who have achieved a standardised score of between 110-114 in the admissions tests, and whose score would not otherwise qualify them for admission. Documentary evidence, e.g. a signed letter from your primary school, confirming eligibility for Pupil Premium funding on the most recent census date, must be submitted with the application for inclusion in this category and notified to the school using the email address [email protected]
Applicants who wish to be considered under the criteria referring to the School’s catchment area, are required to complete a SIF to confirm their residency qualification. Please click here for SIF2.
The electronic link for this will be available on our website from 1st October 2023 and in order for us to accurately process applications in time for the first round of allocations on National Offer Day, these should be received by 30th November 2023.
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the SIF2, then a copy can also be found at the end of our 2024 Admissions Policy. Please note this should not be returned to us prior to 1st October 2023.
Who needs to register for the Secondary Transfer Test?
Registration for testing is automatic for children who attend Buckinghamshire Primary schools unless the parent expressly withdraws their child from testing. In all other cases, including where children attend independent schools in Buckinghamshire and non-Buckinghamshire Primary schools, an application for testing should be made to Buckinghamshire Council, the Test Administrator for of all the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools, by date published on Buckinghamshire Council website. In addition, all applicants must notify their home Local Authority of their preference for the school prior to the closing date of 31 October 2023.
How do parents register for Testing?
The registration window opened in early May 2023 and closed on June 2023 with information found on the Buckinghamshire Council website with enquires directed to the Admissions Team at Buckinghamshire Council via the Contact Us form on their website.
This year parents registered their child for testing on the online portal, designed specifically for testing registration and this will be accessed on the Grammar Schools and Transfer Test page on our 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
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact The Admissions and Transport Team at Bucks Council.
Supplementary Information Form (SIF2) - Year 7 Entry 2025
Please note that applicants who wish to be considered under the criteria referring to the School’s catchment area will be required to completed a SIF to confirm their residency qualification. The electronic link for this will be available on our website from 1st October 2024 and the deadline for inclusion in the first round of allocations will be by the end of the school day on 30th November 2024.
A copy of this SIF2 will also be available on our 2025 Admissions Policy.
All students applying for late entry into Dr Challoner's High School will be required to sit a transfer test.
The process for gaining admission is different for each year group and specific guidance is offered below. Should you have any queries please contact the School’s Admissions Officer.
Dr Challoner’s High School administers its own Late Transfer Testing and admissions into Year 8 and 9 (Year 7 from January 2024) are handled in accordance with the school’s Late Transfer Procedure. Please see section 4 of the 2024 Admissions Policy for full details.
The academic suitability of girls seeking admission under the school’s Late Transfer procedure will be assessed through curriculum based tests in English and Maths. Girls will be required to achieve a minimum standard in each of the tests in order to qualify. We do not provide sample papers.
Testing does not mean that there are places available, but allows the school to establish a waiting list of qualified candidates should a place become available in the relevant year group. The waiting list is ranked in accordance with the school’s Late Transfer Over-Subscription Criteria as detailed in paragraph 2.3 of the Admissions Policy. If an applicant qualifies but cannot be allocated a place because the school is full they will have their name placed on the waiting list for the relevant year.
Parents can register and submit address evidence.
8th January 2024, 4.00pm - Closing date for submitting the application form to register for the Late Transfer Test for September 2024 entry and providing the address evidence.
Monday 4th March 2024 – Testing takes place at school from 4.00pm.
Results from the testing will be sent via post in late April 2024.
Parents have the right to lodge an appeal against a decision, setting out their grounds for appeal in writing. This should be emailed to the Independent Appeals Clerk [email protected].
Application for Immediate Transfer Test for waiting list place for Years 8 and 9 for the academic year commencing September 2023 and for Year 7 from January 2024. Please note prior to January 2024 all Year 7 enquiries will be handled via Buckinghamshire Council.
In accordance with our 2023 Admissions Policy we offer an Immediate Transfer Test to girls who have moved into the catchment area of the school since the deadline for applying for the last Annual Testing round, provided they have not already taken the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test that school year, or a test under the Late Transfer Procedure in the preceding academic year.
Please refer to Section 2.4 and 3 of the School’s 2023 Admissions Policy, Immediate Admission, with regards to the criteria.
Should the necessary criteria as outlined in our Admissions Policy be met and evidence provided then you can apply for an Immediate Transfer Test for a place on the waiting list and will be tested as soon as possible.
Testing does not mean that there are places available, but allows the school to establish a waiting list of qualified candidates should a place become available in the relevant year group. The waiting list is ranked in accordance with the school’s Over-Subscription Criteria as detailed in paragraph 3.4 of the Admissions Policy.
Applicants will be notified of either the date of their test or of the reason for refusal to administer such a test within 15 school days of receipt of their application. Parents have a statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a place, which would be outlined in any letter refusing admission, which states the reason for the refusal, including the deadline for lodging an appeal with grounds.
For entry into Year 12, in addition to students from the school's Year 11 who have fulfilled the entry requirements, the minimum Sixth Form Admission Number is 20. If more than 20 external candidates successfully meet the entry requirements, use of the Sixth Form oversubscription criteria (paragraph 5.4 of Admissions Policy) will determine which applicants are allocated the number of external places after qualifying internal candidates are allocated their places. Please note whilst the minimum is 20, in recent years typically between 30 and 45 students have been admitted.
Minimum entry requirements (which are the same for both internal and prospective applicants) are as follows:
Girls are required to achieve a minimum of 48 points from their best 8 GCSE or iGCSE subjects, including a minimum of 5 points in both English Language or English Literature and Mathematics. Short course GCSE qualifications and GCSEs or iGCSEs achieved after re-sits will not be considered as part of the entry criteria. In addition, girls must meet the entry requirements for each of the A Level courses for which they have applied. Admission is also dependent upon there being space in the classes for the chosen courses and that the combination of courses fits the school’s timetable.
Sixth Form Entry Application Process
We welcome applications to our Sixth Form for September 2024 entry. The application window is open from 1st October 2023– 22nd January 2024 (closing at 5pm).
Sixth Form Application - Admission September 2024 for prospective new to Challoner's High Students - applications close 22nd January 2024, 5pm.
If you wish to complete the application form after the deadline of 5pm on the 22nd January 2024, your details will be kept on file. Should we open a new application window then we will email you using the email address supplied and invite you to apply.
My name is Kalyani, and I’m studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-Level. Although I’ve been at Challoners’ since Year 7, my experiences in Sixth Form have been completely different to what I expected. For my content-heavy subjects, the smaller classes and clear set teaching styles have been amazing, as I’ve felt that support for consolidating content and revision resources have always been offered by staff. Whilst lockdown learning was an unforeseen struggle, the transition to digital learning was managed smoothly, and the Sixth Form Team were still available for me to contact for help with post-18 planning. Their continuous support, as well as that offered from the Careers Advisors and my Form Tutor, have helped me in refining my personal statement, as well as reaffirming my decision to study Neuroscience at university. My advice to students coming into Sixth Form is to make the most of every opportunity to be part of the school community, and if you have a passion for something there will always be an opportunity to share it.