Additional information for Altrincham residents

High schools

High schools in Altrincham are significantly oversubscribed and it is frequently the case that some catchment area children do not achieve places in their first preferred school.  In the 2021 transfer process 71 children, resident in the Altrincham area (all WA14 or WA15 postcodes in Trafford), could not be allocated places at any of their preferred high schools.  In cases like this children are usually allocated places at the nearest school with a vacancy, although these places will usually be in another area of Trafford.  You are free to list any schools in any order but given the levels of oversubscription, you must also consider what will happen if you cannot achieve a place at your preferred school or schools.

There are 4 high schools in Altrincham.  Altrincham College, North Cestrian School and Wellington School give priority to children that live in the Altrincham area, closest to each school in straight line distance.  If you are applying for high school places, you are advised to include all 3 of these schools somewhere in your list of 5 preferences. 

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College gives priority to baptised Catholic children that attend a Catholic primary school in Trafford and then to other baptised Catholic children.  If you wish your child to be considered as a baptised catholic you must provide a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate direct to the school. 

Sale High School also includes Altrincham postcodes in its catchment area.

Grammar schools

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls are not oversubscribed from local children.  This means that all boys and girls in Altrincham (WA14 and WA15 postcodes) that pass the entrance examination and apply on time, have achieved places at the school on national offer day in all recent years.