Admissions Information


Transport and arrival at school
Parents are not permit to drive onto our school site. Both entrances are at the end of a cul-de-sac.
We are also asking that only one parent/carer attends with one child, and socially distance
whilst wearing a face mask at all times.
We strongly advise that you walk to school wherever possible, and if you have to drive, please make use of
car parks advised in the information packs and on our website which are only a short walk away.
School staff will be able to assist you, and will be in attendance at your advised entry gate
On entry to the school building, every child will be asked to sanitise their hands, (sanitiser provided by the
test centre). They will also be expected to wear a face covering whilst walking through the school.
Please ensure your child has pencils and a rubber and a packet of tissues with them.

 Late Arrivals
If you arrive after the doors have closed, there will be no admittance. You will be given a card with further

Collecting your child
Only one parent/carer should attend to collect their child from the designated area at the correct time
advised. Please do not be late.
At the stated time, please go to the area advised by a member of staff. It is vitally important that you
know the testing room of your child, (this can be found in the top right hand corner of the
attendance form).

Parents must wear face coverings at all times when on our school site, (unless you are exempt
from doing so).
Whilst the candidates are moving around the school, or going to the toilet, they must wear a face covering.
If your child is exempt from wearing a mask, please attach a short note to the attendance form. Candidates
are not expected to wear a face covering during the test. If candidates choose to wear a face
covering throughout, this is also acceptable.

Social Distancing
Where possible, candidates have been grouped together in their primary school “bubbles” in the testing
rooms. Where this has not been possible, and there are candidates from more than one primary school in
the testing room, they will be seated in their “bubbles”, and will be socially distanced from the next candidate.
Please note, it is not always possible to have one testing room for each primary school, due to the large
numbers of schools involved. Pupils must remain facing forwards at all times. During the short break
between the tests, we will also ask the pupils to remain seated and facing the front, unless they need to go
to the toilet.
Please note; you must be socially distanced from others at all times. Members of our staff will be wearing
PPE and will also be socially distancing. We respectfully request that all parents/carers wear face coverings
whilst waiting to collect their child.
Please be respectful to all our colleagues, who are following strict guidelines to keep everyone safe.



Admission of children to Year 7 for September 2021

Admission Arrangements for boys and girls who will be 11 years of age by September 2021

(Date of Birth should be between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010)

The Admission Authority for this school is the Governing Body and the intended admission number for 2021 is 160.


Entrance Examination – Updated Test Date: 19th October 2020


Following guidance published by the DfE regarding COVID19 assessment processes for selective schools admissions, the Trafford Grammar CEM Consortium test date has been changed to 19 October 2020.


Further information will be available on the school websites in due course; please do not contact the schools at this stage as you will not receive a response.


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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 choose to receive standardised results for all four schools. Please read the registration form carefully and tick the schools that you wish to receive the standardised results for. 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 14th September 2020. 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 2020. 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 should have a date of birth between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010.
  • To enter your child for the entrance test, please complete the online registration form which is available by clicking the link below from Monday 18th May by noon on Friday 26th June 2020 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 on the Thursday 3rd September 2020. 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 8th September 2020.   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.  Copies of passport photograph pages can be accepted as photo ID but still must be authorized by the primary school.

  • If there are any exceptional circumstances and your child is unable to sit the entrance test on Monday 14th September 2020, 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 17th September 2020 and alternative arrangements may be made.
  • If you feel that there are any special circumstances that might affect your child’s performance on 14th September 2020, it is important that you let us know on the Special Circumstances Form which will be included in the information posted by Thursday 3th September 2020


  • 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, if they have started one of the test papers they cannot return on another date and finish that particular paper. We can only let your child sit the paper they have missed.  The Special Circumstances Form should be completed and returned in the week immediately following the test and arrangements can be made for the missed paper to be taken on an alternative date.
  • 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
  • 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 16th October 2020. 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 2021.



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
  2.  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). 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.
  3. Pupil Premium – 32 Places will be allocated to students on Pupil Premium, irrespective of distance. Candidates, on Pupil Premium, with equal scores to the lowest candidate in this allocation will also be offered places.
  4. 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.
  5. Children who will have a sibling attending the School within Years 7 to 11 at the time of admission (September 2021).
  6. 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.
  7. 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 criterions 1 to 7 places will be offered to those children in each criteria whose place of residence is nearest to the School as defined in criterion 7. This will be measured using property co-ordinates provided through a combination of the Trafford Local Land and Property Gazetteer (557666), 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 2020, allocation letters will be sent on National Allocation Day, the 1st March 2021 (or the next working day) by their home authority on behalf of the Governing Body of the School.


Home Address


The criteria used by Trafford in determining admissions to Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools refer, in every instance, to the child’s home address. This means the address where the child normally and permanently lives. In the case of parents who are separated:

  • where child-care arrangements are shared between two addresses in the catchment area, the child will be considered as living in the catchment area;
  • where one of the addresses is outside the catchment area, the child will be regarded as living outside the catchment area.


If there are more applicants than can be accommodated at a school in the relevant category, the average of the distances of the two addresses from the school will be used for the purposes of determining priority for admission.


It is always assumed that the correct factual information will be provided when an application for a school place is submitted.  However, proof of the child’s residency may be requested so that the application can be considered correctly alongside other applicants.





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 26th June 2020.

  • If your child is ill on, or immediately prior to, 14th September 2020 DO NOT bring them to the test. Please contact the Admissions Officer and supply a Doctor’s note by Thursday 17th September 2020, 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 18th May 2020 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

  Any information, SEN reports, or other documents that you wish to be considered at the time of the testing, please ensure you submit prior to the deadline of 26th June 2020.
Friday 26th June


Closing date for

ALL Applications

12 noon latest for applications – early application is recommended including submission of all documentation for special arrangements.
Between 18th May

and 26th June 2020


Confirmation E-mails will be received

·        Confirmation of correctly completed application form (within 48 hours of submission).  Please ensure you receive your confirmation e-mail before the 25th June.
By Tuesday 6th  October 2020 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 13th October  2020 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 19th October 2020 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 22nd October 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

Mid to Late November


(after CAF deadline)



Results for any testing will be sent out 2nd class to all candidates It is important, that if you still want your child to be considered for a place here, Stretford Grammar School must be specified as a preference on the Common Application Form (CAF) by 31st October 2020.  Do not wait until you know the outcome from the entrance exam as this could make your application late and reduce your chance of being offered a place.


A successful result does NOT guarantee a place.

Please refer to the schools Admissions Policy for further details

31st October 2020 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 2021 

(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 2021 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


Following the allocation of places on 1st March, the School will commence a waiting list for Year 7 admissions in September.  The waiting list will continue through Years 7 to 11 with parents advised of their child’s position on the waiting list annually.  Applicants for in year admission may join the waiting list if a place is not available within the relevant year group, providing they have qualified through the School’s Entrance Test or have met the criteria to be considered for admission to the Sixth Form.  Applicants who have not been tested in the normal admissions round will be tested and if successful will be placed on the waiting list if a place is not available. Each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the published oversubscription criteria.  Priority must not be given to children based on the date their application was received or their name was added to the list.  Should a place become available, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to those on the waiting list.