Admissions Information

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September 2018 Admissions

Stretford Grammar School is a co-educational Foundation Grammar School with ambitious students who demonstrate high levels of care and consideration towards each other and the wider community. This caring and compassionate behaviour is celebrated in two Ofsted reports and frequently commented upon by visitors to the school who are struck by the courteous, purposeful and respectful atmosphere. At the heart of the school, core values of courtesy and respect, together with its diversity and excellent relationships, make Stretford Grammar School a unique place to learn.

The School’s principal aim of ‘striving for the very best for all students’ was confirmed in the school’s most recent inspection in 2015 which highlighted the ‘caring, committed and clear leadership’ of the school. In 2015 our students achieved 95% 5A*-C, including English and mathematics, and our levels of progress are significantly above national and local authority averages for English and mathematics. These wonderful achievements reflect the hard work and dedication of students and staff as well as the incredible support of our parental body.

In addition, the school places great value on student participation in a broad range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities aimed at developing life skills, leadership potential and links with the wider community. In doing so, we hope that each and every one of our students has the opportunity to experience success during their time at Stretford Grammar School.

 

Applications to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar

These four Trafford Grammar Schools are to be known as the Trafford Grammar Schools CEM Consortium (TGSCC).

Please consult individual websites for further specific information including the admissions policy for each school.

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 3NL
www.aggs.trafford.sch.uk
Single sex – girls only
Sale Grammar School
Marsland Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 3NH
www.salegrammar.co.uk
Mixed – girls and boys
Stretford Grammar School
Granby Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8JB
www.stretfordgrammar.com
Mixed – girls and boys
Urmston Grammar
Newton Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5UG
www.urmstongrammar.com
Mixed – girls and boys

All information is updated as and when required.

Applications to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar are using the same entrance test and consequently your child will only sit one test. Parents can request that the raw score is shared between all four schools for inclusion in their standardisation. Parents can therefore choose to receive results for all four schools. Please read the registration form carefully and tick the appropriate statement to request that the scores are shared. Scores cannot be retrospectively shared between the schools after the standardisation process has taken place.

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Loreto Grammar School and St Ambrose Grammar School are NOT part of the Consortium and do not do the CEM Test.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE 2017 FOR ADMISSION IN SEPTEMBER 2018

How to apply for a place

Stretford Grammar School’s admission information is available on the school website and summarised below:

  • Please apply to any of the four schools for your child to take the entrance test on Monday 18th September 2017. You only need to complete one application form but you must state where you want your child to sit the examination and which schools you wish to share the results with.
  • You must also complete your Local Authority’s Common Application Form which, in Trafford, must be returned to the Local Authority by 31st October 2017. If you reside outside Trafford please check the return date for your own authority. You must ensure that you have named Stretford Grammar School as a preference on the Local Authority’s Common Application Form if you wish to be considered for Stretford Grammar School.
  • Your child must have a date of birth between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007.
  • To enter your child for the entrance test, please complete the online registration form which is available by clicking the link below by noon on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at the latest, but preferably well before this date.

 

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

  • On receipt of your application to sit the entrance test we will send you a confirmation email. In the event our test centre reaches its maximum capacity then ALL spaces will be reallocated by distance i.e. those living closest to the test centre will be given priority. Details of the examination day, an attendance slip and a Special Circumstances Form will be posted to you by 7th September 2017. Your child must bring the Attendance Form on the day of the test with a photograph attached and stamped by the primary school. Please contact our Admissions Officer on 0161 866 0130 if the information is not received by Tuesday 12th September 2017. If your child does not have the correct attendance slip and photo ID on the day of the test, they will not be allowed to sit the examination.
  • If there are exceptional circumstances and your child is unable to sit the entrance test on Monday 18th September 2017, please let us know when you apply and we will try to make alternative arrangements.
  • If your child is ill immediately prior to, or on the day of the test, please do not bring them. Please contact our Admissions Officer and supply a Doctor’s note by Thursday 21st September 2017 and alternative arrangements will be made.
  • If you feel that there are any special circumstances that might affect your child’s performance on 18th September 2017, it is important that you let us know on the Special Circumstances Form which will be included in the information posted by Thursday 7th September 2017.

 

THE ENTRANCE TEST

The entrance test consists of two tests, each approximately one hour in length, containing questions which assess verbal, non-verbal and mathematics skills.

No extra time will be allowed if your child needs to leave the examination for any reason. He/she will be allowed a short break between the two tests for a toilet visit and/or a drink.

If your child does have to leave the room because of illness and subsequently goes home please complete and return the Special Circumstances Form as soon as possible giving full details. We will then contact you.

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar are using the same entrance test and consequently your child will only sit one test.

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Loreto Grammar School St Ambrose Grammar School are NOT part of the Consortium and do not do the CEM Test.

TEST RESULTS

The test results will be posted first class on Friday 20th October 2017. For your child to qualify for a place at Stretford Grammar School your child must gain a qualifying score of 334 and you must ensure that you have named Stretford Grammar School as a preference on the Local Authority’s Common Application Form. For the qualifying scores for other schools within the consortium, please go to the relevant website. This form must be returned to the Local Authority in which you reside. Please be aware that achieving the qualifying score is not an offer of a place. If parents/carers have elected (on the TGSCC Registration Form) to share their child’s result with more than one school, a separate letter will be sent to you from each school.

Papers are marked electronically by computer and the two results are checked against each other. It is highly unlikely that an error could be made in the marking of the papers. Parents/Carers cannot request a remark of their child’s test paper.

As required under the National Co-ordinated Secondary Arrangements the list of qualifiers is then sent to the Local Authority, who will apply their allocation procedures to determine the offer of a place on national offer day, the 1st March 2018.

OVERSUBSCRIPTION AND HOW PLACES ARE AWARDED

If the number of qualifying applicants is greater than the number of places available, then the places will be awarded as follows to qualifying applicants:

  • ‘Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children’. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority, in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). Previously Looked After Children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) (as defined in Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).
  • 10 Pupil Premium Places – Places will be allocated to the highest performing candidates who qualify for Pupil Premium at the time of allocation, irrespective of distance.  Candidates, on Pupil Premium, with equal scores to the lowest candidate in this allocation will also be offered places.
  • Children who will have a sibling attending the School within Years 7 to 11 at the time of admission (September 2017).
  • The top 20 scoring candidates, irrespective of home residence, will be allocated a place. Candidates with equal scores to the lowest candidate in this allocation will also be offered places.
  • Children who live nearest to the School, measured in a direct straight line from the child’s permanent place of residence to the School.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER STUDENTS HAVE QUALIFIED AND BEEN OFFERED A PLACE?

In March 2018, families will be sent further information about an Induction Day for students and a Welcome Evening for parents.

REMINDER

  • Please complete the online application as soon as possible, so that your child can be registered for the entrance test but it must be before noon on Tuesday 27th June 2017.
  • If your child is ill on, or immediately prior to, 18th September 2017 DO NOT bring them to the test. Please contact the Admissions Officer and supply a Doctor’s note by Thursday 21st September 2017, and we will make alternative arrangements for your child to sit the tests.
  • Please let us know as soon as possible if your child will not be taking the tests to avoid unnecessary expense to the school.

ADMISSIONS TIMETABLE FOR ENTRY IN SEPTEMBER 2018

Date What is happening
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 Application Form available to complete online

All correctly completed Application Forms will be acknowledged by e-mail

Please complete Application Form on-line via websites

Please follow all instructions correctly and read all information provided

Thursday 22nd June 2017 Altrincham Grammar School for Girls Open Evening 4.00pm – 8pm
Tuesday 27th June 2017 Closing date for ALL Applications 12 noon latest – early application recommended including documentation for all Special Circumstances
Tuesday 27th June 2017 Urmston Grammar School Open Evening 6pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 28th June 2017 Sale Grammar Open Evening 6pm – 8.30pm
Thursday 29th June 2017 Stretford Grammar School Open Evening 5.30pm – 8pm
By Thursday 7th September 2017 Final details for the examination will be sent out – these will include
  • A letter advising arrival time and venue
  • An attendance slip – this MUST be brought on the exam day with a photograph attached and stamped by the primary school.
  • A Special Circumstances Form
Tuesday 12th September 2017 Final details should have now been received for all candidates If NOT, please contact the school immediately to arrange collection
Do not contact the school prior to this date
Monday 18th September 2017 ENTRANCE EXAM DAY If your child is ill on the day please do not bring your child to the test. A doctor’s note with the Special Circumstances Form and any supporting documentation must then be sent to the school by 12 noon on Thursday 21st September in order to be offered an alternative date
By Friday 20th October 2017 Results for any testing will be sent out first class post to all candidates A successful result does NOT guarantee a place. Please refer to the schools Admissions Policy for further details
31st October 2017 The Common Preference Form (CPF) must be returned to the home Local Education Authority by this date If you wish your child to be considered for a school you MUST put it in the order of preference on your LA Common Application Form
1st March 2018 (or next working day) National Allocation Day All candidates will be informed by their home Local Education Authority (LA) which secondary school they have been allocated
15th March 2018 Acceptance for initial school offers If your child has been offered a school all acceptances must be received by the relevant school by this date

 

WAITING LIST

Stretford Grammar School is usually oversubscribed in terms of those wishing to join the school and places available. However, there can be occasions during the year when a few places become available due to family mobility.

Please be aware that a position on our waiting list is subject to change and as such candidates may move up and down the list.

Applicants for in year admissions may join the waiting list if a place is not available within the year group, providing they have qualified through the Stretford Grammar School Entrance Examination.  Should a place become available, the over-subscription criteria will be applied to those on the waiting list.

ADMISSIONS CONTACT FORM

Please email queries to: admissions@stretfordgrammar.com

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