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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

ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR ENTRY TO YEAR 7 SEPTEMBER 2023

Admission to Year 7 for September 2023

Admission arrangements for girls and boys who will be 11 years of age by 1st September 2023 (date of birth between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012).

The Admission Authority for this school is the Governing Body and the intended admission number for 2023 is 190. All information with regard to admission to Year 7 for September 2023 will be available on the school website from 9th May 2022 and you will be able to apply online from this time for your child to sit the entrance exam.  The entrance exam will take place on Monday 19th September 2022 and the closing date for online applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 24th June 2022. Please note if you have not completed the online application form by 12 noon on 24th June 2022, a later test will not be initiated until after 1st March 2023.

Register here

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2022 Open Evening on 14th July.  The event will be held from 5:00-8:30pm and no appointment is necessary. 

Please click here to read the timetable for Year 7 Admissions, September 2023 entry.

Please click here to read admissions information and frequently asked questions for Year 7 entry September 2023.

Please click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions policy 2023. 

Please click here for Familiarisation material for Entrance Exam 2023. Skills to be tested will be Verbal, Non-Verbal and Mathematics.

Should you have any queries please email admissions@salegrammar.co.uk

ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR ENTRY TO YEAR 7 SEPTEMBER 2022

Please click here to read the Sale Grammar School Appeal Hearings Timetable. 

Please click here to read the timetable for Year 7 Admissions, September 2022 entry.

Please click here to read admissions information and frequently asked questions for Year 7 entry September 2022.

Please click here for Sale Grammar School Admissions policy 2022. Skills to be tested will be Verbal, Non-Verbal and Mathematics.

Variation to the 2022 Determined Admission Arrangements for Sale Grammar School 

Once admission arrangements have been determined for a particular school year, they cannot be revised by the admission authority unless such revision is necessary to give effect to a mandatory requirement of this Code, admissions law, a determination of the Schools Adjudicator or any misprint in the admission arrangements 

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has considered the 2022 determined admission arrangements and has found that the admission arrangements are not compliant in some areas, namely: Feeder schools, home address and Tenancy agreements did not comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code.  You can read the full determination on the OSA Website ADA3752 Sale Grammar School (publishing.service.gov.uk) 

The policy for 2022 has thus been amended and is published in its updated form on the school website, 2022 Admissions policy

Oversubscription Criteria 2022

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’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order including those who appear [to the admission authority] to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. 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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

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 (see appendix) 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 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.

 '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 an application using our Local Education Authority portal www.trafford.gov.uk/admissions

School will be notified of the application and we will write to parents.  Your child's name will be added to the in-year register and kept until the end of the academic year 22nd July 2022. Candidates may re-apply from 1st September 2022.

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.

Click here for Admissions Policy 2021

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 2021 may join the waiting list by emailing admissions@salegrammar.co.uk