School Admissions


We are very proud of the excellent education that we offer here at Sale Grammar School and as such, we are delighted that you are considering Sale Grammar School for your child and do hope that you have been able to find out more about what makes Sale Grammar School such a special place to be a part of, through our website. You may also be interested in reading our recent Outstanding Ofsted Report (2022) which can be found here

This page of our website aims to provide you with more information about the admissions process for our school. You will also find further detail within the relevant Admissions Policy, a link to which can also be found below. 


In 2022, the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium announced a change of provider for candidates wishing to take the entrance examination in September 2023. The move to GL Assessments was necessitated by the withdrawal of CEM from the market and has been made by grammar schools across the country. To ensure the return of examination results before parents complete their local authority school selections, GL Assessments informed us that we had to make the entrance exam date earlier for this year. This enabled them to complete the necessary marking and standardisation on time. The Trafford Consortium’s entrance examination took place on Tuesday 5 September 2023. 


The Trafford Grammar School Consortium, comprising Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar are pleased to confirm our partnership with GL Assessment.

GL Assessment will be the test provider for Year 7 entry testing from 2023 for 2024 entry and beyond.

As specified in our Admissions Policies, GL will be providing test papers for the entrance exam consisting of two tests, each approximately one hour in length, containing questions that assess verbal, non-verbal and mathematics skills.  For each element there will be a range of different types of questions.  Questions that test verbal ability skills may include questions relating to word choice, knowledge of words and their meanings and how words relate to each other; students may also be asked questions that relate to verbal reasoning comprehension skills. Questions that test non-verbal ability skills may include questions relating to relationships between shapes and sequences of shapes, identification of common features from a set of figures and applying them to a new figure, codes and spatial awareness questions.  Questions that test mathematics skills generally cover content taught in schools up to the start of Year 6.  The areas assessed typically include aspects of number, measurement, geometry and statistics.  Some questions may involve using current mathematical skills to solve mathematical problems.

GL produces a bespoke paper for the Trafford Consortium so students sitting the examination will not sit the same examination at any other school.  The types of questions however, will be similar to those provided in GL's familiarisation material, available below.

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