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In-Year Admissions

Application Guidance

In-Year Admissions

In-Year Applications:

Requests to go onto the Altrincham College waiting list must be made directly to Trafford School Admissions not directly to the school. 

If you would like your child/ward to be added to our waiting list, please apply via the Trafford School Admissions Portal.  The link to this is as follows:

If you scroll down and click on 'Apply for a place - Trafford Application Portal' and then please follow the instructions.  Trafford will then notify us so that we can add your child/ward to the waiting list for the relevant year group.  The waiting list is held in strict accordance with Altrincham College’s over-subscription criteria and not on a first come, first served basis. This waiting list will be held in accordance with our Admissions Policy.

You will normally receive a letter from us within 10 school days from the date that we receive the information from Trafford.

(For applications to the Sixth Form, please contact the Head of Sixth Form: Mrs K Brennan).

  • Please make sure that all information submitted to Trafford Admissions is factually correct.

Parents have been known to give a false address in an attempt to improve their chances of getting a place. Please note that any offer made will be withdrawn if it is found that parents or carers have given false information.

  • As its own admission authority, the school will consider applications in strict accordance with the relevant published admissions policy.
  • Altrincham College is currently full in all year groups and over-subscribed (i.e. there is a waiting list of applicants for each year group).
  • Where no place is available, you will be notified of this in writing and your child's name will be added to the waiting list for the relevant year group (that is, the one which corresponds to their date of birth, at the time of your application).
  • Waiting lists are ranked in accordance with our published over subscription criteria (details of which can be found in the relevant admissions policy).
  • Waiting lists are not ranked by 'time served'. Priority will not be given to children based on the date their application was received or when their name was added to the list.
  • Where a vacancy is available, and your child's name is first on the waiting list for the relevant year group, we may contact you again for further information as part of our admissions process.  Once we have the information we require, the Head of Admissions will then write a letter (to your home address) offering your child the place.

Please note: once you have received this offer letter you must contact the Admissions Department at school to confirm you accept the offer and discuss a suitable start date. A request for you to complete our online enrolment process, along with further information about Altrincham College, will be sent to you via email.

In-Year Appeals

If you have not been successful in obtaining a place for your secondary school-aged child (current Year 7 - 11) at Altrincham College and wish to appeal against this decision, you must lodge your intention to do so by contacting Head of Admissions.

You can do this by emailing or by telephone on 0161 980 7173.

To ensure the process is as efficient as possible, we ask that you please provide the following details:

  • Child's name
  • Child's date of birth
  • Child's current school
  • Parent/Carer name
  • Postal address
  • E-mail address 
  • Contact telephone number(s)

Please note that appeal hearings will take place remotely via Zoom or MS Teams.

For further information about the appeals process, please click here to read the statutory guidance.