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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.

How to apply for High School

Do you live in Manchester Local Authority?

Is your child in Year 6?

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


The Secondary 2021 application round opened Thursday 1 July 2021 for Manchester City Council residents and for children whose date of birth falls between 01/09/2010 - 31/08/2011.

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 1 November 2021, at 5:00pm.  


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 live in another local authority will be contacted by their local authority to inform them of when and how to apply through their authority. 


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 2022 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. 

Please see below for transition information for Trafford schools.

Want to know more about local high schools?

Learn about the different high schools we usually feed into - visit our transition page (below) where there are links for all local high schools. 


Some local high schools are holding virtual parents evenings to show what the high school offers. This is to help with the high school application process for Y6 pupils. Please see below: