It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your child as members of the Trafalgar School community.

Please check this page for important transition information and updates. We will hold various activities for students, Parents and Carers that will ensure a smooth transition to secondary school for all involved.

Secondary Transfer 2018/19

Summary of admission procedures from September 2018 to August 2019:

Friday 7 September 2018 – Application process starts

Wednesday 26 September 2018 - Trafalgar School Open Evening, 5.30-8.00pm

Monday 1 - 5 October 2018 - Trafalgar Year 6 Open Morning Tours for prospective parents and students

Wednesday 31 October 2018 – Applications closing date

Friday 4 January 2019 – Any changes to the application e.g. address change and subsequent preference changes may be considered up until this date

Friday 4 January 2019 – Late applications received after closing date can be requested to be considered on time with evidence of significant and exceptional circumstances for the late application up until this date

Friday 1 March 2019 – National Offer Day* 

If you need help or more information please contact the Portsmouth City Council admissions team by phone on 023 9268 8008 (first point of contact will be with the City Helpdesk), email or write to Admissions team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA.

Secondary Admission 2019/20 – after you have secured your place

Congratulations on your place! We will keep you fully informed of upcoming events however, should you have any queries regarding transition to secondary school, please contact

Upcoming events:

Welcome letters posted to parents and students Spring 2019
Tour of the school Spring 2019
New Intake Evening Thursday 3rd May 2019
1:1 welcome meeting with senior staff Monday 10th - Wednesday 19th June 2019 3.15-4.15pm
Year 6 Taster days 1st and 2nd July 2019
Information about House allocation 4th and 5th July 2019
First day at school! (Year 7 and 11 only) 3rd September 2019

8.30am start

3.00pm finish

Useful links on how to support your child’s transition:

Vertical Tutoring - Frequently Asked Questions

The Trafalgar School Uniform Code

Primary School Liaison

Trafalgar School works closely with our local feeder primary schools, and throughout the year we hope to schedule a variety of activities to enable primary schools to visit us throughout the year.

Activities include:

  • Trafalgar School Lessons for years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Students visit Trafalgar School with their teachers and for a lesson are taught by Trafalgar’s teachers.
  • Reading bus – watch out for Trafalgar students dropping in to a school near you to celebrate World Book Day, supporting reading in primary schools.
  • Transition Taster Days – Specific days have been set aside in July where local primary schools are invited to visit Trafalgar School for a full day of lessons. We expect 150-300 year 5 students will visit over these days, and each department will be asked to support these days. Feedback from the 2016 Taster Days was excellent.


December 2017 – Gatcombe Park Year 3 visit Trafalgar

Students got to experience art lessons and science! Students loved their day and Trafalgar staff thoroughly enjoyed teaching them.

Well done Gatcombe, we look forward to seeing you again soon!


February 2018 – Northern Parade Year 3 Visit Trafalgar

All of Year 3 walked down to Trafalgar School to experience music, science, IT and art lessons with our teachers! It was a pleasure seeing such enthusiastic learners and we look forward to welcoming Year 4 soon!

Well done Northern Parade!