Secondary Education

When preparing for secondary school, it is important to think about the right place to send your child, thinking carefully about the facilities available that will best suit them, as well as where they will be happy in the next phase of their learning journey.

Grammar schools in Trafford require children to sit entrance exams. We advise parents to browse school websites for up to date information about their open days and admissions policies. When preparing for secondary school, we advise families to visit prospective schools to gain more knowledge of the setting.

Catholic Secondary Schools in Trafford:

Blessed Thomas Holford College, Altrincham

Loreto Grammar, Altrincham

St Ambrose College, Hale Barns

St Anthony’s Catholic School, Urmston

Trafford Guidance:

The following link will provide you with the information you need regarding the application process when applying for a secondary school place:


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Loreto Grammar School:

Loreto Grammar School are hosting their annual Open Day for Year 5 girls who are interested in joining their school in Year 7 in September 2023. It will be the first event have held on site since 2019 and they are looking forward to welcoming families from their partner primary schools. We have a long tradition of sending girls from St Hugh's to Loreto and a large number of our year 6 girls will be transferring to Loreto this September.

Loreto's Open Day is on Saturday 25th June from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Mrs Beaver will be giving talks at 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am and 12 noon. Further information will be available on the open day. You do not need to register to attend the Open Day.

Loreto's Entrance Examination is on Friday 23rd September 2022 from 9.00am to 12.30pm. Online registration for the Entrance Examination will be 'LIVE' from 10.00am on 25th June and will close at 1.00pm on 31st July 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. 


Please check their website for further details: