The Henrietta Barnett School has delayed its round one entrance exam until the end of September as a result of the pandemic.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that candidates for year 7 entry in September 2021 will not have been in school for about six months, grammar schools have been advised not to have their entrance tests at the start of September and to put in place measures to increase their safety when they sit the tests, the school said in a statement on its website.
The school has arranged to hold its round one entrance test over the three days from Wednesday 30 September to Friday 2 October.
“This should enable the candidates to have some time in school before sitting the test and will allow us to have smaller numbers attending at each session, enabling us to follow Public Health England and Department of Education guidelines to mitigate the risk of the virus,” the school said.
The round two entrance test for those ranked in the top 300 after the first round, will take place in early November 2020.
The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) has said its “preferred option” is to see its 11-plus test delayed until later in the autumn term.
Kent County Council is considering delaying this year’s Kent Test by about a month.
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) has said its preferred option for testing this year is to delay the 11-plus until later in the autumn term.
TBGS is proposing that children in Buckinghamshire primary and partner schools take the test in week commencing 2 November.
For out-of-county children testing will be during week commencing 26 October.