Year 6 Admissions

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.

Our Transition Coordinator, Debbie Ford, will be delighted to provide information and answer any questions you might have to enable you to make an informed decision and select the right school for your child.


We work really hard to ensure that transition is stress free and students feel well supported and cared for ...

Debbie Ford, Transition Coordinator


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 Debbie, 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.

On joining us, your child will be well supported by Year 7 Buddies, Peer Mentors and our friendly and approachable staff, as well as their Form Tutor, Head of House and Debbie.  Any concerns or worries are swiftly resolved and we find that students settle quickly into our school community and are very happy.

We will always go the extra mile for your child.

Rachael Faulkner, Deputy Headteacher & Pastoral Lead

Applying for a Place

Year 7

If you are considering applying for a Year 7 place for your child, at The Trafalgar School, we would recommend that you contact Debbie Ford (Admissions & Transition Coordinator), who can arrange an appointment for you to meet with our Headteacher, Jonathan Curtis and tour the school, at a time convenient to you.  Debbie Ford 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 whole school community is proud of the supportive 'family atmosphere' which is evident throughout the school

Ofsted, March 2014

The Admissions Process

Wiltshire Council is responsible for coordinating and administering 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.

Please note that various factors, including decisions by independent schools, appeals at other schools and families relocating will, over time, release some places.  In most years, we have been able to accommodate all first-choice applicants by the time that Year 7 start in September.

The Trafalgar School maintains its own waiting list once the application process has been compledd.  If any places become available at the school applicants will be considered as outlined in our school's Admissions Policy.

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

Mid Year Admissions

Occasionally a place in the school becomes available.  If you are considering an in-year admission we would recommend that you contact Debbie Ford, who can arrange an appointment for you and your child to meet with our Headteacher, Jonathan Curtis, to tour the school.  Debbie can also guide you through the admissions process.

Please be aware that your reasons for considering an in-year transfer will need to be discussed with Debbie Ford on first contact.  We work with other Salisbury schools through a fair access arrangement.  This may apply to your child.  More information can be found by clicking here.  Mid-year transfers will need to complete this Wiltshire Council form.

Policies & Guidance

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Admissions Policy

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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 Admissions Appeal Form

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MLP Secondary Appeals Timetable 2021

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Supplementary Information Form (Vulnerable)

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Admissions Policy

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