Most students moving into Year 10 will choose to stay with their current secondary school to study for GCSEs. During Year 9, secondary schools run careers events and provide information about options that students can choose for GCSE.

However, some students prefer to specialise early and there are two post-14 schools in Torbay and one in South Devon.

The closing date for applications for Devon Studio School and South Devon University Technical College was 31 October 2016.

You can still apply but your application will be late and may not be processed until all the on-time applications have been processed.

Before applying you should read the TIPS 8 Booklet which contains details of the application process, and the secondary supplement which contains a summary of the admission criteria for each secondary school in Torbay. To apply for a place in year 10 at any other Torbay school you should use the In Year admission process.  Admission criteria for other secondary schools in Devon can be found on the schools’ websites.

TIPS 8 Booklet
Primary, Secondary and 14+ School Admissions Booklet
Secondary Supplement
Secondary School Admission Criteria for 2017-18 entry to years 7-11 and entry to year 10 at Devon Studio School for 2017-18.


If you live in Torbay you should submit your application for a place at Devon Studio School or South Devon University Technical College to us. To apply download and complete the application form (CAF3) and email it to You will receive confirmation by email that your application has been received, we recommend you keep this email for your records.

  Download a 14+ application (CAF3)

Applications for South Devon High School are managed directly by South Devon College so you will need to contact them on 01803 540322 or visit their website to apply.

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The closing date for applications for South Devon High School will be published on their website.

Devon Studio School

Devon Studio School  Opens in a new window is part of a new generation of state schools known as Studio Schools, which have been created to help address the challenge of preparing young people (aged 14-18) for work. Specialising in Health, Social Care and Early Years, it is your gateway to university or employment.

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.