Applying for school places


In response to the problems caused by Covid-19, the working practices of our School Admissions Team are being adapted, wherever possible, in line with government guidance. We are working hard to complete the allocation of primary school places for September 2020 by 16 April.

As all schools are closed until further notice, applications for in-year places cannot be processed.

The online application system has been temporarily suspended until 16 April, when you will be able to log onto your account and view your allocated school.  An allocation letter will also be posted to your home address.

Starting primary school in September 2020

The process for the allocation of primary school places for children, born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 will soon be completed.

An allocation letter, containing full information will be posted to your home address on 16 April. If you have applied online you will be able to view your allocated school by logging into your online account, on 16 April.

Starting secondary school in September 2020

The closing date for secondary school applications was 31 October 2019 and the first round of the process has now been completed.

What happens next

All new applications and waiting lists have now been passed to the schools.

In-year transfers

An 'in-year' transfer is when a child transfers from one school to another, during the academic year.   

Trafford is the admission authority for all community and voluntary-controlled schools and all applications for these schools are dealt with by the Trafford School Admissions Team. Applications cannot be processed during school holidays

In the case of all other schools, the application can be made direct to the school and they will process the application and make an offer where appropriate.

The policies and procedures for primary and secondary 'in-year' applications are included in the documents below.

Other Information

Changes to Ofsted inspections from September 2019

From September 2019 Ofsted changed the way they inspect our schools. Inspectors will focus less on test data and more on what is taught and how it is taught. For more information visit the Ofsted website.