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Admission to Year 7

2022 Admissions Information:

For entry to Year 7 in September 2022, registration will open at noon on 19th May 2021 until  noon on 25th June 2021. 

Please refer to the information provided after 19th May 2021 but the timetable of relevant dates is given below

JStretford Grammar School

Admission Timetable 2022

Stretford Grammar School, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Sale Grammar School and Urmston Grammar use 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.

 All information is updated as and when required.

The  School Admission Policy can be downloaded at the end of this page

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 3NL

Single Sex - Girls Only


Altrincham Grammar School for Boys


Marlborough Rd, Bowdon, Altrincham Cheshire WA14 2RS

Single Sex - Boys Only



Sale Grammar School

Marsland Road, Sale.  Cheshire M33 3NH

Co-educational - girls and boys


Urmston Grammar School

Newton Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5UG

Co-educational - girls and boys

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

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


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.


What happens next?

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.


How are places awarded?

Oversubscription Criteria

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.