Secondary Education

Moving to secondary school is a big step for children, and it is natural to want to learn about secondary provision. We are here to offer support and guidance to families going through this process.

Trafford is a selective education authority. This means that grammar schools have entrance examinations. When preparing for secondary school, we strongly advise families to research and visit prospective schools. It is important to have an open mind and consider all possibilities.  It is also important to think about the right fit for your child, thinking carefully about where they will flourish and most importantly be happy in their next phase of learning.  Parents are advised to check school websites for information about open days and individual admission processes.


Which Secondary Schools Can I Apply to?

Historically children have transferred from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to schools in Trafford, although there are other secondary schools outside of Trafford that may be considered.  The most important advice we can offer is to visit the schools and their website for up to date information on their open days and admissions policy. Admission policies can change from year to year and are often dependent on where you live. Some independent schools offer bursaries and scholarships too.


 Catholic Trafford Secondary Schools

Other Trafford Secondary Schools

Schools outside of Trafford

Independent secondary schools

Trafford Guidance

Please visit the link below for information regarding a secondary school place.

The Application Process

14 September- online application goes live.

31st October – deadline for secondary applications via the common application form (CAF).

When completing the CAF, you should always put the schools in your real order of preference.

1st March is national offer day.

If you would like to talk to us about secondary school, please do not hesitate to contact school to discuss.