Applying for school places


From Tuesday 1 September, the telephone helplines (0161 912 5007 and 0161 912 5080) will be open from 10 am to 2 pm each week day. However, due to reduced staffing levels, it is expected that the lines will be very busy.

We are currently processing applications received up to and including 9 September. If you submitted an application after 9 September, the first update will not be available until after 1 October.

Applications for September 2021- Secondary schools

The closing date for secondary school applications is 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.