Applying for school places


In light of the Prime Minister's announcement on 4 January 2021, the School Admissions Team is currently consulting with schools to decide how to deal with In-Year applications during school closures. The website will be updated as soon as further information is available.

The telephone helpline 0161 912 5007 is open from 10 am to 2 pm each week day.

Applications for September 2021- Secondary schools

The closing date for secondary school applications was 31 October 2020.

Delay of grammar school entrance examination results

As Trafford grammar school entrance examinations have been delayed due to the COVID-19 virus, applications may have to be submitted before the result of any test is known.

This year we will be allowing three additional preferences to be submitted, which will enable applications to include up to five grammar schools as well as catchment area non-selective schools.

Please read the guidance notes for details of how to submit additional preferences.

Applications for September 2021- Primary schools

The closing date for primary school applications is 15 January 2021.

In-year applications

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 Trafford community and voluntary controlled schools.

Applications for faith schools and academies in Trafford will be forwarded to those schools and they will contact you direct.

Any in-year applications which were received after 15 July 2020 will be processed in accordance with the 2020 published oversubscription criteria, when the schools re-open in September. Parents and carers will be informed of the outcome of their application after 15 September. The first update on these applications will be available after 15 September.

Other information

For further advice and information please email

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.

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