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’.

Sale Grammar School Entrance Tests

The Sale Grammar School Entrance Tests 2019 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 2020

Applications to sit the Sale Grammar Entrance Tests are welcomed from 12.00 noon Monday 3rd June until 12.00 noon on Friday 28th June 2019.

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 28th June 2019 a later test will not be initiated until after 1st March 2020.

The Open Evening for Year 5 parents and children will take place on Thursday 27th June 2019 from 5.00pm until 8.30pm.

The entrance tests will be held on Monday 16th September 2019 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 2020
Click here for Admissions Procedure and Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for Familiarisation Booklet
Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2020

Click here for Online Application Form

Oversubscription Criteria 2020

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. 

Appeal Information

Click here for Appeals Hearings Timetable 2019

Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions policy 2019

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 2019 on the link below.

Click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions Policy 2019

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