Applying for school places


As a response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and in-line with the latest government guidelines, we have made some changes to the way we work in School Admissions so that we can still offer you a ‘business as usual’ service wherever possible.

The 2020 primary and secondary admissions rounds are now complete. Any applications received for admission into primary reception classes and secondary Year 7 classes will be processed as in-year applications.

Applications for September 2021- primary and secondary schools

The application process for September 2021 for both primary and secondary schools commences on 12 September 2020. Information and guidance will be available on this page from this date.

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

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.