If your child is in year 9 or above and you are seeking a school place there is a wide choice of options. The great majority of children study in one of Torbay’s secondary schools, that take children from the age of 11 upwards. All these schools offer a range of subject options to students in Key Stage 4. There are also two settings within the Torbay and South Devon area that admit young people from year 10 to undertake a blend of GCSEs and technical training. These are South Devon High School and South Devon University Technical College (UTC). They do not have any students in years 7, 8 or 9 so all students starting in year 10 will be new to the setting.

Find out more information about South Devon University Technical College Opens in a new window (telephone 01626 240201). It is a specialist College concentrating on Science and Engineering with a focus on employability in these industry specific sectors. The college still has places and welcomes new applications. You will need to apply directly to them. The UTC will admit up to 100 students into year 10 for September 2017, and by 2020 will expect to have a total population of 600 students aged 14-19. The school is non-selective and will give all students a place if there are spaces.

Find out more information about South Devon High School Opens in a new window (telephone 01803 540332). The closing date for applications is 25 March 2017. South Devon High School, which is based at South Devon College, offers a broad Key Stage 4 curriculum of 9 GCSEs including English, Maths, Science and a wide choice of other GCSE options and technical pathways. Applicants will be required to complete a cognitive abilities assessment. Priority for available places will be given to pupils with the highest overall scores in the assessment. There is no specific number of students who will be admitted to the school; numbers will however be limited due to the need for groups of a manageable size in the physical learning environment. The age range is 14-16 and there are 116 students in the current years 10 and 11. You will need to apply directly to South Devon High School.
For full admission policies please contact the settings directly.

Devon Studio School, age range 14-19, is planning to join forces with South Devon College from September 2017 and therefore the curriculum offer will change. Because of this development, no new admissions will be taken through Devon Studio School for the next academic year.

Before applying you should read the TIPS 8 Booklet which contains details of the application process for Torbay secondary schools, and the secondary supplement which contains a summary of the admission criteria for each secondary school in Torbay taking children from Year 7.

TIPS 8 Booklet
Primary, Secondary and 14+ School Admissions Booklet

South Devon High School

South Devon High School  Opens in a new window is a new and exciting opportunity for pupils studying at Key Stage 4 and is based at South Devon College's Paignton Campus. Pupils entering Year 10 now have the opportunity to join us to study their GCSEs in core subject areas, including English, Maths and Science, with a choice of specialist technical qualifications.

South Devon University Technical College (SDUTC)

South Devon University Technical College  Opens in a new window  is an exciting new school offering students from Year 10 to Year 13 the opportunity to focus on science and engineering subjects, learning in a specialist and purpose built environment. It gives young people with a specific interest in science and engineering the chance to develop their skills, supported by expert and vocationally trained staff, utilising the latest technology that industry has to offer.