Primary school places

Most Trafford schools and academies have a catchment area. These schools give priority to the children that live in their catchment area. Faith schools may also have a catchment area, usually based on the local parish, but catchment area priority is only usually given to children that meet the faith criteria.

You can apply for any schools you wish but your catchment area school is the school where you will have the highest priority. It is important that you know what catchment area you live in and include that school (or schools) in your application.

Details of the catchment areas for faith schools are available direct from the schools.

If your child lives in another local authority you can still apply for Trafford schools, but you must apply via your own home local authority (where you pay your Council Tax).

Applications for September 2023

The closing date for primary school applications was 15 January 2023. If you missed this deadline for any reason, you can still submit an application. Any application received, or change made, after 15 January is classed as a late application. This means it will only be considered after all the applications received on time have been processed. Late applications will be considered in line with the published admission arrangements and with regard to the number of available places.

Applications for now (any year group)

An in-year application is when a child applies to transfer from one school to another, during the school year. This includes families who have recently moved into Trafford from another area. 

All in-year applications should be made through the Trafford application portal:

Trafford is the admission authority all Trafford community and voluntary controlled schools and will deal with all applications for these schools.

Applications for faith schools and academies in Trafford will be dealt with by the schools. We will forward your application details onto the individual schools for processing and it is the school that will advise you of the outcome.

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