Hi StacatoMum, and welcome!
(Cross post with Guest 55 - she is so much more pithy
a. Who should we approach for all the information.
Looks ike it's us! You submit your Common Application Form - for your school preferences - to your local LEA (Norfolk), but you must also apply directly to Bucks CC for your son to take the 11+ test. The test application form is usually available online at some point in July.
b. I just realised that we should start studying now since from what I gathered from reading here, he should be taking the exam this year- how do I start the process?
Yes, he will take the exam during autumn half term, 2012. Be aware that it will be on two separate days, and they will be a day apart from each other.
To get started on tutoring, I suggest you read the "Sticky" post by Patricia on DIY tutoring tips.
c. My son is going to take the SATS next year but does that have any bearing to the transfer?
No, unless you need to appeal against non-qualification, when SATs results will be helpful.
d. He is in the top 3 of his class and takes Kumon but I am sure it wouldn't be enough to cover him, what kind of exams are we looking at for Buckinghamshire and could anyone (PLEASE, please...) give advise as to what materials we would need to help him get through this.
Verbal reasoning, set by GL Assessment, 21 question types, 2 x 50 minute papers, 80 questions each.
The mark he needs to qualify is an age-standardisied score of 121 or more on one paper. That equates to a raw score of around 72 or 73 out of 80, depending on when his birthday is. (Younger children need fewer marks.)
e. We are looking at the Aylesbury area to move in to - catchment area of AGS, but would I be allowed to put Royal Grammar School at High Wycombe w/c is around 35mins-45mins drive?
You can put any school you want on the form, but whether he gets a place will depend on how far you live from the school and how many people apply. This will give you an idea of distance: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/school ... n-profiles
RGS was actually undersubscribed last year, but that is unusual, and I think it is unlikely to be repeated in future.
f. Since we are not physically living at Aylesbury area yet, would that detail matter as to what school he would be placed?
This is the tricky bit. You are required to submit evidence of your current home address in November 2012, and that is the address that will be used for the school allocation. The distance calculation will therefore be RGS to Norfolk!
g. If we wait till we have physically settled in there (say July) does my son have a chance to get into a Grammar School still?
That will depend on how popular each school is. In the example of RGS this year, he would still have gained a place in July, but as I say, that was exceptional. In a normal year he would be allocated a place at any undersubscribed GS. On occasions that has been Aylesbury GS ( it occasionally has one or two spare places) or Chesham Grammar.
Is there a special procedure or process that this can be done (this would also help him revise more).
No, there is no special process.
In a nutshell, you face two hurdles:
1. The test (and tutoring him for it).
2. The problem of distance for school allocations.
Take a read of the various pages of our main website (not just the forum) via the links at the top of the page. There is a wealth of information about the whole school transfer process that may leave you feeling much wiser.