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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:47 pm 

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we are currently live in Hertfordshire, but are looking to move house either to Buckinghamshire or very west Hertfordshire. Our daughter is currently in year 2, so we have time before we apply to secondary schools.

If we live in Herts can we still apply to Buckinghamshire grammar schools? or if we move to Buckinghamshire can we still apply to SW Herts' schools?

The difference in results between grammar schools and non grammar schools in Buckinghamshire seems huge, so if children dont make the mark in the exams, are the non-grammar schools the only options if you cant afford Independant schools.

Sorry, if my questions seem really basic but I am just so confused.

Thanks in advance.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:20 am 

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You can apply to Bucks schools if you live in Herts and vice versa but you will be "less likely" to get in as you will qualify further down the admission criteria. All Bucks schools have their own catchment areas and will always have to fill it first (catchment isn't the same as county boundaries, so once they go outside their own catchment it doesn't matter what county you're in), after that it comes down to distance from the school. So, it doesn't mean you wouldn't get in (several children each year do) if your child passes the 11plus and you live in Herts but it does mean that there are no certainties so a good Plan B is definitely necessary.

You can get it to SW Herts Consortium schools (see the Herts tab in the "Regions" section) from outside of Herts by passing the academic/music/sports exams with very high marks. These are very competitive and so your child would have to be really bright/musical/sporty to hope for a place. Having said that, if you base yourself very near a good Herts school that you'll get into on distance (no grammars in Herts) and you're near the Bucks border then you can hedge your bets. Historically Chesham Grammar (really good school) has places each year just because of where it sits in the county, so putting that Grammar down as an option is definitely worth a punt. The two Challoners schools are always pretty full but there are always blip years and I don't think people know what will happen now the 11plus format has changed.

People will probably disagree but I think it's "easier" to get into a Bucks School from Herts (because it's based firstly on the 11plus and not just on distance, so there are sometimes places unfilled by catchment children) than it is the other way round. Herts schools (apart from a small amount allowed in on the Consortium exam) are mainly based on distance and and therefore you have to live close to the school to stand a chance. Addtionally Herts schools allow all siblings to attend the same school whereas in Grammars the sibling has to pass the 11plus.

Hope that's not too confusing!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:54 am 

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Look for somewhere to live with a great sense of community, good primary and local secondary schools (if your child is bright they can and do still achieve good results at uppers) least amount of commuting, lowest yearly transport costs for everyone in the family, oh and the biggest garden possible!

Secondary schools are just a tiny part of family life, and your children still have four years minimum at primary yet.

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