Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions

Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.



This guidance is for:

  • grammar schools
  • partially selective ‘bilateral’ schools
  • schools which band applicants by ability to achieve a comprehensive intake
  • schools which select up to 10% of their cohort by aptitude in a prescribed subject
Published 24 July 2020
Last updated 12 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to provide information about autumn 2021 selection assessments. Updates are listed in the document.

  2. Guidance updated to include changes on positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test results.

  3. Guidance updated.

  4. Updated document to include changes on selection testing in schools, the protective measures to be adopted in schools or test centres, face coverings and testing clinically extremely vulnerable pupils in their home environment.

  5. Updated guidance (paragraph 22) on clinically extremely vulnerable children in tier 4.

  6. Updated document with minor changes. These include informing local authorities that late and in-year testing can continue to go ahead, that travel to the test is considered essential travel and that protective measures should continue to be taken during tests.

  7. First published.