Applying for school places School catchment areas 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 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). Applications for September 2022- Secondary schools The closing date for secondary school applications is 31 October 2021. 2022 Transferring to secondary school guidance Additional information for Altrincham residents Additional information for Sale residents Apply for a place - Trafford application portal Applications for September 2022- Primary schools The closing date for primary school applications is 15 January 2022. 2022 Starting primary school guidance Apply for a place - Trafford application portal 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. 2021 Primary School Information Booklet 2021 Trafford Primary School Admission Policies 2021 Trafford Secondary School Information Booklet Apply for a place - Trafford Application Portal Other information Fair Access Protocol Report to the Schools Adjudicator For further advice and information please email firstname.lastname@example.org Some of the documents included on these pages (such as PDFs) may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of any document in a more accessible format, please email us and tell us what format you need.