DefinitionsThe following terms used throughout the composite prospectus are defined as follows, except where individual arrangements spell out a different definition.


Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.

Distance from home to school

For the home address, the distance will be calculated from the seed point of the property. The seed point of each property is defined by co-ordinates held in Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) which are available, on request, from Trafford’s School Admissions Team.

For applicants resident outside Trafford, the seed point data will be provided by the Home Authority. In cases where this data is not available, Royal Mail postal address information may be used.

In the case of a child living in a block of flats, co-ordinates will be obtained in the same way. The co-ordinates used for each school represent a fixed point at each school which has been used to determine priority since 2003. These co-ordinates are listed in the Trafford Schools Directory.

Additional / Supplementary forms

All parents who list their preferred schools on a Local Authority’s Common Application Form are regarded as having made valid applications. An additional or supplementary form may also have to be completed for applicants wishing to be considered under the faith criteria of faith schools.

Parents / Family members

A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for, or is the legal guardian of the child. Where admission arrangements refer to ‘parents attendance at church’ it is sufficient for just one parent to attend. ‘Family members’ include only parents, as defined above, and siblings.

Looked After / Previously Looked After Children

A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions.

A previously looked after child is a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. Children who have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted are also considered as previously looked after. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.