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What to do if my child does not pass the 11+? The appeals process.

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

If your child does not reach the mark of 121, then there is the option to appeal, through the Selection Review Panel.

How do I appeal – initial stage

Once you receive your child’s 11+ results, and the score is below 121 you will be able to request a Selection Review pack from the head teacher at your son/daughter’s primary school. This contains the forms you need and information about selection review process.

The review pack also contains a Head teacher’s Selection Review Summary Sheet which head teachers can complete in order for the Selection Review Panel to have up-to-date information about your child’s performance at school. It is up to you if you wish to include the head teacher’s form with your review paperwork.

How long do I have to appeal?

You normally have around 6 weeks to return the form and any supporting information. The final date will be set by Bucks CC, so keep an eye out on their website (

When will I know the outcome?

You will find out the outcome of your review in a letter in February time (once all reviews have taken place). If your review was successful during the main review time (November to January), then the allocation of school places will take your review decision into account, and will enable you to apply to a grammar school.

What if my appeal is unsuccessful?

If your appeal is unsuccessful then you will be able to ask for an independent admission appeal for a place at a particular grammar school after the allocation of school places in March. You will normally find out the outcome of this is May.

How many cases are successful through appeal?

The Bucks CC website states that in 2018, 15% of grammar school appeals, where there had been a Selection Review were successful. Where there had not been a Selection Review, 3% were successful.

More information

For more information of how we could help your child as they prepare to take the 11+ please visit our website at or contact us at

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