Is there any point taking the Bucks test if one lives in Herts? One grammar school said yes (Chesham) but headteacher of Herts primary says no unless you live in catchment!
As scary says.
I also do not understand how Bucks children who fail the 11+ can still get in on appeal to top Bucks Grammar schools, but Herts children don't seem to have same leniency? Any advice much appreciated.
There is no geographic discrimination whatsoever for non-qualification appeals. They are purely about whether a child is deemed selective. You could live in Timbuktu and your child be deemed selective if the evidence is strong enough.
At transfer (over-subscription) appeals location can make a difference. A child living within catchment (in or out of county, because there are some catchment areas that go beyond Bucks) may well get preference over a non-catchment child.