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Welcome to The Trafalgar School at Downton. On this page, you will find information relating to admissions. This will mean either that your child is moving from Year 6 to Year 7 or that they are moving secondary schools during the school year.

Year 5 Tours & Taster days 2024 

We are delighted to be opening the school to parents and careers of Year 5 children in June and July 2024 so that you can experience our school first hand. 

Year 5 Tours

An opportunity for Parents and Carers to look around during the school day either with or without your child. Tours last roughly an hour and there will be parking available onsite. 


For Year 5 Tours - 13th -18th June book here


Year 5 Taster Days

These events are a opportunity for your child to experience a school day with us on their own. Lunch will be provided on the day but school transport is not available to Year 5 students. The children will experience a range of lessons throughout the day, get a chance to meet some of the Teachers and meet other students who are also considering The Trafalgar School at Downton as their Secondary School. 

For Year 5 Taster Day (Designated area schools) - 1st July book here

  • Alderbury & West Grimstead CofE Primary School,

  • Coombe Bissett CofE Primary School,

  • Downton CofE Primary School

  • Longford CofE Primary School, 

  • Morgan's Vale and Woodfalls CofE Primary School, 

  • The New Forest Church of England Primary School, 

  • Whiteparish All Saints CofE Primary School


For Year 5 Taster Day (All other schools) - 2nd July SOLD OUT. To register on our waiting list click here


The school works really hard to ensure that transition is stress free and students feel well supported and cared for ....

Year 7 Parent



Transition between schools is a really exciting time for Year 6 students, but we recognise that many may also feel nervous.  We work really hard to ensure that transition is stress-free and students feel well supported and cared for.  

Every Year 6 child will be visited in their primary school by our Transition Coordinator (Matt Williams), who will talk them through the transition process and give them the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns that they may have.

There is an Induction Day in Term 6 which gives the students an opportunity to explore our school and to experience lessons and a 3 day Summer School in August.

On joining us, your child will be well supported by our Peer Mentors and our friendly and approachable staff, as well as their Form Tutor, Head of House and senior team.  Any concerns or worries are swiftly resolved and we find that students settle quickly into our school community and are very happy.  You can download a copy of our welcome information for students and parents by clicking here.

Applying for a Place for Year 7

Selecting the right secondary school for your son or daughter can seem like a daunting task.  Our aim is to make that decision and the period of transition from primary to secondary school, as smooth as possible for both students and parents.


If you are considering applying for a Year 7 place for your child, at The Trafalgar School, we would recommend that you contact Claire Botto, Admissions Officer, who can arrange an appointment for you to meet with our Headteacher, Jy Taylor and tour the school, at a time convenient to you. Claire can also talk through the admissions process with you and answer any questions you might have.

We welcome tours at any time of the academic year, during the school day - whatever day you visit you will always see great teaching and great people which combine to achieve great outcomes for our students.

The Admissions Process

Wiltshire Council is responsible for coordinating and administering Year 7 admissions.  Parents are required to rank three schools in order of preference.  Applications are then matched with schools, according to a child's eligibility for place, rather than by parental preference.  Second or third choice applications may rank higher than first-choice applications and some first-choice applications will be turned down.

For September 2024 the Year 7 intake will be 165

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our school.

Mid Year Admissions

Occasionally places at the school do become available mid-year.  You can contact Claire Botto our Admissions Officer at any time to find out if there are spaces.  If you are considering a mid-year admission please contact Claire in the first instance, who will be able to guide you through the admissions process.


Applicants will be considered in line with the determined Admission Policy.  Where the School has no spaces available, because the admission of another child would prejudice the efficient education of others at the School or would prejudice the efficient use of resources, the application will be refused and a right of appeal will arise.

To apply for an mid-year place please complete the in-year admissions form (and supplementary information form or SIF if applicable) and return to the Admissions Officer - or drop in to the school reception (hard copies are available on request).


The Trust aims to respond to mid-year admission requests within 10 school days (maximum time to respond is 15 school days).

Policies & Guidance

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Admissions Policy
2023 - 2024
Year 7 September 2023 

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Admissions Policy
2024 - 2025
Year 7 September 2024

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Admissions Policy 2025 - 2026
Year 7 September 2025

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The Trafalgar School Designated Admissions Area

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MLP Admission Appeals Guidance for Parents

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MLP Secondary Appeals Timetable 2024

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MLP Secondary Admissions Appeal Form

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Supplementary Information Form (Vulnerable)
2023 - 2024

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Schools Admissions Code

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