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The Trafalgar School at Downton (“the school”) is an academy and is part of Magna Learning Partnership, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales Number 7865850. Registered Office: Church Road, Laverstock, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1RD.

The school is a co-educational 11-16 comprehensive school serving a wide rural area to the south of Salisbury. The school has no requirement for prior aptitude from prospective students.

The school has a planned admission number of 135 for Year 7.  Every year the school will review and publish information concerning The Trafalgar School at Downton’s Admissions Policy. This will confirm the maximum number of students to be admitted to the school as a whole and explain how places will be allocated.

The main principle of this Admissions Policy is to maintain the character of the school as a comprehensive school, providing for the needs of young people who live in our designated area (as defined in Section 5 of the Policy).

  1. Admission to the school is not dependent on any ‘voluntary’ contribution
  2. Students will be admitted at the age of 11+ without reference to ability or aptitude providing they can demonstrate that they are suitable for mainstream education
  3. Students are not barred from admission to the school on the grounds of race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, first language, religion, attainment level, gender, disability (within the limitations of physical surroundings), class, background or any other reason that cannot be shown as reasonable and justifiable
  4. As required by the Admissions Code the school will give priority to Looked after Children and Previously Looked after Children
  5. The Director of Education (Wiltshire) may at their discretion direct the school to offer a child a place at the school.  The school will endeavour to provide places for students who live outside the school’s Designated Area whose parents wish them to attend the school.The school does not utilise a feeder school criterion. Its admission arrangements are therefore based on where children live not where children may have been previously educated.There is no guarantee of a place at the school for any applicant whether living in the school’s Designated Area or not. The school participates in the Local Authority Co-ordinated Scheme and all deadlines within that scheme must be adhered to by applicants. The Governing Body, as the Admissions Authority for the school, confirms that any offers of a place found to be made on the basis of inaccurate information may be withdrawn. Examples would include fraudulent applications, intentionally misleading applications and a false claim to residence in the school’s Designated Area.


  • All applications for a school place must be made through Wiltshire Council
  • All parents must apply through the local authority where they live, but any applications for a school in Wiltshire must come through Wiltshire Council
  • Wiltshire Council is aiming to process all in year or transfer applications quickly and have set a twenty day turn around as a target. This will be in line with the DfE regulations


Admissions Policy 2017-2018

Admissions Policy 2018 2019

In Year Transfer Application

In Year Fair Access Protocol

Primary & Secondary School Admissions Booklet

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