Applying for school places

If your child lives in Trafford, you can apply for a school place on our website.

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 be 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 and secondary 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).

Changes to application process from September 2021

We will be implementing a new admissions and transfers system for the 2021 academic year. Applications to start primary school and to transfer to secondary school in September 2022 can be made online from 12 September 2021. Further information will be published as it becomes available.

In-year applications

An ‘in-year’ application 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 and will deal with all applications for these schools.

Applications for faith schools and academies in Trafford will be dealt with by the schools. Any applications submitted to Trafford will be forwarded to those schools.

Applications for September 2021- Primary schools

The 2021 primary admissions round is almost complete. Waiting lists will be run until the end of the autumn term at least, that is until Christmas, and places must be allocated using the same criteria as in the first round, not on a first come first served basis.

Applications for September 2021- Secondary schools

The 2021 secondary school admissions round is almost complete. With the exception of Lostock High School, Waiting Lists have been taken over by individual schools. Waiting lists must be run until the end of the autumn term at least, that is until Christmas. Places must be allocated in using the same criteria as in the first round.

Other information

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