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 2020/21

Summary of admission procedures from September 2018 to August 2019:

Monday 9 September 2019 – Application process starts

Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Trafalgar School Open Evening, 6.00-8.00pm

Monday 30 September - 4 October 2019 8.45-10.00am - Trafalgar Year 6 Open Morning Tours for prospective parents and students

Thursday 31 October 2019 – Applications closing date

Friday 10 January 2020 – Any changes to the application e.g. address change and subsequent preference changes may be considered up until this date

Friday 10 January 2020 – 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

Monday 2 March 2020 – 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 [email protected] or write to Admissions team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA.

Secondary Admission 2020/21 – 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 [email protected].

Upcoming events:

Welcome letters posted to parents and students Spring 2020
Tour of the school Summer 2020
New Intake Evening Thursday 23rd April 2020
1:1 welcome meeting with senior staff Monday 15th - Wednesday 24th June 2020 3.15-4.15pm
Year 6 Taster days 6th and 7th July 2020
Information about House allocation 9th and 10th July 2020
First day at school! (Year 7 and 11 only) 4rd September 2020

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.


June 2019 – 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!


July 2019 – 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!