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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’.

Change of Date for Entrance Exam for Admission to Year 7 for September 2021

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 19th 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.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Change of Date for the Entrance Exam

Admission procedures for entry to Year 7 September 2021

Applications to sit the Sale Grammar Entrance Tests opened at 12.00 noon on Monday 18th May and closed at 12.00 noon on Friday 26th June 2020.

Please note if you have not completed the online application form or you have not followed the procedure regarding ‘confirmation emails’ by 12.00 noon on 26th June 2020, a later test will not be initiated until after 1st March 2021.

The entrance tests will be held on Monday 19th October 2020 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 Revised Admission Timetable for Admission to Year 7 2021
Click here for Admissions Procedure and Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2021

Familiarisation Material For the Entrance Exam 2021


Click here for Online Application Form

Oversubscription Criteria 2021

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. 

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 arrangement 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.

2. Up to 15 applicants who qualify for Pupil Premium.  Places will be allocated in the following order.


I. Applicants who qualify for Pupil Premium residing in the priority admission area as described in category 3. Where the number of applicants qualifying for admission under this criterion exceeds the number of Pupil Premium 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.

II. Applicants who qualify for Pupil Premium attending a Trafford state funded primary school whose permanent home address lies within the Trafford Local Authority but not within the priority admission area.  Places in this category will be allocated by rank score order.  Where several applicants qualify for the final Pupil Premium place using ranked scores, priority will be given to the applicant residing closer to the school as measured 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 residing in the priority admission area as defined by postcodes 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.

4. 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 closer to the school as measured 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.

Random allocation will be used as a tiebreak 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.  A representative of the applicant will be invited to
observe the procedure which would be supervised by a person independent of the school. 

Appeal Information

Click here for Appeals Hearings Timetable 2020

Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions policy 2020

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

Thank you for your interest in our school.

Sale Grammar School is currently oversubscribed and there are no places available Year 7 – 11.

Should you wish to register your child’s interest for a place that may become available, please complete the In-Year Application Form. Your child’s name will then be added to the register and kept until the end of the academic year.

Should a place become available, we will contact all applicants on the register for that particular year group to arrange an assessment to ensure grammar school suitability.  Those applicants who are successful in the assessment will be ranked in accordance with our Oversubscription Criteria.

Under the terms of the Education Act 1988, parents/carers of candidates refused admission have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel against any decision made by the school. Please contact the Admissions Officer if you wish to exercise this right.

Please take the time to read our current Admissions Policy for 2020 on the link below.

Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2020

Waiting List

Sale Grammar School is usually oversubscribed in terms of those wishing to join the school and places available. 

Applicants successful in the entrance test for entry to Year 7 in September 2019 may join the waiting list by emailing admissions@salegrammar.co.uk