Admissions Information

Admission of children to Year 7 for September 2021


All information with regard to admission to Year 7 for September 2021 will be available on the school website from Monday 1st June 2020 and you will be able to apply online from this time for your child to sit the entrance test.


The entrance test will take place Monday 14th September 2020 and the closing date for online applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 26th June 2020.


Date of birth MUST be between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010.  The Admission Authority for this school is the Governing Body and the intended admissions number for 2021 is 160.


Please note if you have not completed the online application form or you have not followed up the procedure regarding ‘confirmation emails’ by 12 noon on the 26th June 2020 a later test will not be initiated until after 1st March 2021.


The Open Evening for Year 5 parents and children will take place on Thursday 25th June 2020 between 5.00pm and 8.00pm.


Stretford Grammar School

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 2016 which highlighted the ‘caring, committed and clear leadership’ of the school. In 2016 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
Single sex – girls only
Sale Grammar School
Marsland Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 3NH
Mixed – girls and boys
Stretford Grammar School
Granby Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8JB
Mixed – girls and boys
Urmston Grammar
Newton Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5UG
Mixed – girls and boys

All information is updated as and when required.

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.


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 16th September 2019. 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 2019. 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 2008 and 31st August 2009.
  • 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 Friday 28th June 2019 at the latest, but preferably well before this date.




  • 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 5th September 2019. 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 10th September 2019.   If your child does not have the correct Attendance Form and photo ID on the day of the test, they will not be allowed to sit the examination.
  • If there are any exceptional circumstances and your child is unable to sit the entrance test on Monday 16th September 2019, 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 19th September 2019 and alternative arrangements may be made.
  • If you feel that there are any special circumstances that might affect your child’s performance on 16th September 2019, it is important that you let us know on the Special Circumstances Form which will be included in the information posted by Thursday 5th September 2019.       The form and supporting documents must be returned by Thursday 19th September 2019.



  • 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 to discuss your options.
  • 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 and St Ambrose Grammar School are NOT part of the Consortium and do not do the CEM Test.




The test results will be posted second class no later than 18th October 2019. 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 2020.



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:

  1. Looked After Children and all 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 are 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. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians). This category includes children who have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.


  1. 15 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Children who will have a sibling attending the School within Years 7 to 11 at the time of admission (September 2020).


  1. Successful candidates who live within the immediate area of the school; being M32, M33, M41, M15 and M16 (both within Trafford and Manchester) and including M21, this being the next closest postcode to the school.


  1. Children who live nearest to the School, measured in a direct straight line from the child’s permanent place of residence to the School.

If there are more successful applicants than can be accommodated at the School in criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 places will be offered to those children in each criteria whose place of residence is nearest to the School as defined in criterion 6. This will be measured using property co-ordinates provided through a combination of the Trafford Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666), other LA data and Royal Mail Postal Address Information. In the case of a child living in a block of flats, the distance will be measured in the same manner.


Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide who has the highest priority for admission where the qualifying score and the distance between two applicants’ home and the school is the same.


  • Parents/carers should note that although Stretford Grammar School will inform them of their child’s assessment result prior to 31st October 2019, allocation letters will be sent on, National Allocation Day, the 1st March 2020 (or the next working day) by their home authority on behalf of the Governing Body of the School.


Please Note: The child’s home address means the address where the child normally and permanently lives on a full-time basis, not the address of any child-minder, grandparent or any other relative. In the case of parents/carers who are separated or divorced and where child-care arrangements are shared between two addresses in the priority admissions area, the average of the distances of the two addresses from the School will be used for the purpose of determining priority for admission.   Where one of the addresses is outside the priority admission area the applicant will be regarded as living outside this area and the average of the distances of the two addresses from the school will be used for the purpose of determining priority.

You are required to provide proof of residency. Failure to do so may result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.

The School may withdraw a place at a later date if false, incorrect or misleading information has been provided which has advantaged the applicant in the priority order for over-subscription. Parents/carers must inform the School of any changes to their address or circumstances.  




  • 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 Friday 28th June 2019.
  • If your child is ill on, or immediately prior to, 16th September 2019 DO NOT bring them to the test. Please contact the Admissions Officer and supply a Doctor’s note by Thursday 19th September 2019, 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.



Date What is happening
Monday 3rd

June 2019

Application Form available to complete online

All correctly completed Application Forms will be acknowledged by e-mail within 48 hours

Please complete Application Form on-line via websites

Please follow all instructions correctly and read all information provided

Thursday 20th

June 2019

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Open Evening

4.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 20th

June 2019

Urmston Grammar Open Evening 4.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 27th

June 2019

Sale Grammar School Open Evening 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Thursday 27th

June 2019

Stretford Grammar School Open


5.00pm – 8.00pm
Friday 28th June


Closing date for

ALL Applications

12 noon latest for applications – early application is recommended including submission of all documentation for special arrangements.
Between 3rd and 28th June 2019  

Confirmation E-mails will be sent

Confirmation of correctly completed application form (within 48 hours of submission). Please ensure you receive your confirmation e-mail before noon on the 28th June.
By Thursday 5th September 2019 Final details for the examination will be sent out – these will include · A letter advising arrival time and venue

·An Attendance Form – this MUST be brought on the exam day with a photograph attached and stamped by the primary school.

·A Special Circumstances Form

Tuesday 10th September 2019 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 16th September 2019 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 19th September in order to be offered the alternative date.

Please also make us aware if there are special circumstances which could have affected your child’s performance on the day

No later than

18th October 2019

Results for any testing will be sent out 2nd class to all candidates A successful result does NOT guarantee a place. Please refer to the schools Admissions Policy for further details
31st October 2019 The Common Application Form (CAF) 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 2020

(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 2020 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



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.



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