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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

High School Transition

Current Year 6 (2020)

If your child is in Year 6 during 2019 - 2020, please go to our high school transition page to find out more information:

Current Year 5 (2020)

If your child will be in Year 6 during 2020 - 2021, see below regarding high school admissions. 

Do you live in Manchester Local Authority?

Is your child in Year 5?

If so, you can now apply online for your child's high school place. 


The Secondary 2021 application round opens from Wednesday 1 July 2020 for Manchester City Council residents and for children whose date of birth falls between 01/09/2009 - 31/08/2010.

Other local authorities may open their round at a different date to Manchester.   


Parents can make their online application through the Citizens Portal on the Council's website:


The national closing date for Secondary 2021 applications is Monday 2 November 2020.  


This year due to COVID-19, Manchester City Council have sent out the application invite letters directly to children's home addresses that come under Manchester City Council. 


Any children who attend your Year 5 class but reside in another local authority - These children will be contacted by their local authority to inform them of when and how to apply through their LA. 


Parents who are struggling with the online application and would like a paper application form to complete, must email to request a form:


National Offer Day for Secondary 2021 will be 1 March 2021 for on-time applicants.   Late applicants will find out their school offer at a later date. 



Manchester City Council will send out a reminder at the end of September/beginning of October for pupils who have not yet applied. 


If you need support with the application or knowing what to do, please contact the main office at Irk Valley on 0161 413 8707. 

Trafford Grammar Schools Information

If you are interested in your child attending a high school in Trafford, please see the information.