School Admissions

Our school, which is an 11-18 coeducational Academy Trust selective school, has specialist status in the Visual Arts and in Science with Maths.

The school has also been given high performing specialist status (HPSS) by the DfE.  The school gained Trust status in January 2010 having acquired high profile Trust partners and Academy status on 1st March 2011.

In our last OFSTED report, the school was described as ‘Outstanding with an outstanding Sixth Form’.

Consultation of Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy for 2018

The consultation process is now underway.  A draft of our Admissions Policy which will apply to entry from 1st September 2018 can be viewed on the link below.  Should you wish to make any comments on this draft, please forward them to the school email address no later than Friday 18th November 2016.

Click here - Sale Grammar School Draft Admissions Policy 2018

Sale Grammar School Entrance Tests

The Sale Grammar School Entrance Tests 2016 will be provided by The University of Durham. The University of Durham is internationally recognised for its pioneering work in the field of assessment. Sale Grammar School is working with several Grammar Schools across the country to commission testing from the University of Durham's educational research unit, the largest facility of its kind in a UK university.

Admission procedures for entry to Year 7 September 2017

Applications to sit the Sale Grammar Entrance Tests are welcomed from Monday 18th April until 12:00 noon on Monday 27th June 2016.

The entrance tests will be held on Monday 12th September 2016 and skills to be tested will be Verbal, Non-Verbal and Mathematics. Detailed information on the Admissions Procedure and Frequently Asked Questions are provided on the links below together with the Admission Policy and Familiarisation Booklet. Please take time to read this information before completing your application.

Click here for Trafford Grammar Schools’ CEM Consortium Information
Click here for Admission Timetable for Admission to Year 7 2017
Click here for Admissions Procedure and Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for Familiarisation Booklet
Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2017
Click here for Online Application Form

Oversubscription Criteria 2017

Where the number of eligible applicants who qualify for admission to Sale Grammar School in Years 7 to 11 exceed the number of available places in the relevant year group, places will be allocated in the following priority order.  Random allocation will be used to determine the final place where the distance between two applicants’ homes and the School is the same and the applicants cannot otherwise be separated.


  1. ‘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).


  2. Applicants residing in the priority admission area as defined by post codes M33, WA14, WA15, plus Trafford Authority residents within the M23 postcode. Where the number of applicants qualifying for admission under this criterion exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given to those applicants residing closer to the school. The distance from home to school is calculated in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the school.  For the home address the distance will be calculated using property co-ordinates provided from Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) (Royal Mail Postal Address information may be used in some instances).  In the case of a child living in a block of flats, co-ordinates will be obtained in the same way.  The co-ordinates that will be used for the School are 379064, 391257. 


  3. Applicants from outside the priority admission area will be placed in rank order as determined by their scores in the selection tests. Where several applicants qualify for the final available place using ranked scores, priority will be given to the applicant residing closest to the school as measured in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the school. 

Year 7 admissions for 2016

Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2016

Click here for Appeals Hearings Timetable 2016

School Prospectus

Our School prospectus is now available - Click here to view it.

Hard copies of the prospectus are also available for collection from the School Office.

'In Year' Admissions to Year 7-11

All 'in year' admissions enquiries should be emailed to our Admissions Officer at Alternatively, please use our contact form and select Admissions Years 7 - 11 from the recipients list.

Reassessment of a student following an unsuccessful test result can be arranged following an intervening 12 month period.  All enquiries should be directed to the Admissions Officer as above.

Please take the time to read our current Admissions Policy for 2016 on the link below.

Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2016

Waiting List

Sale 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. 

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 Sale Grammar School Entrance Test.  Should a place become available, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to those on the waiting list in order to allocate the place.