If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 you must apply for a school place between 1 November 2016 and 15 January 2017.

Before applying you should read the TIPS 8 booklet, which contains details of the application process, and the primary supplement, which contains a summary of the admission criteria for each primary school.

Download a primary school application form (CAF2)

You can save this form to your computer, complete it without printing it and email it to pupil.services@torbay.gov.uk . Or you can print the form, complete it and:

  • Take it to your child's school
  • Take it to Torbay Connections office (based in Paignton Library)
  • Post it to:

    Student Services
    2nd Floor North
    Tor Hill House c/o Town Hall
    Castle Circus
    TQ1 3DR

If you hand your application form in to a school or Connections, be sure to take a copy and get it date stamped when you hand it in. Keep this as evidence of your application. If you post your form to us, include a stamped, addressed envelope or postcard so that we can confirm we have received your application. Contact us if you have not had confirmation after 2 weeks.

Paper forms are available from schools, Connections or from Student Services, tel: 01803 208908.

Supplementary forms

Some schools have supplementary forms that will also need to be completed. You can download these forms below. School staff members can also download form SUPP1 if you are applying for a place at your school (this is only relevant for some schools - please see admission policy for the school). No matter what other forms you complete, you will also need to complete the CAF2 form either online or on paper.


Because your application is late, it will not normally be processed until all the on-time applications have been processed. Please read the TIPS8 booklet for further information.

Summer born children

Your child does not have to start school until the term following her/his fifth birthday. However, most children start in Reception in the September of the school year in which they are 5. You can apply for a school place, but delay your child’s start until later in the reception year without jeopardising the offer of a place. The deferred admission arrangements do not allow summer born children to defer admission to the Autumn Term in Year 1.

The government has issued guidance about summer born children Opens in a new window whose parents may be thinking of delaying the date when they start school. We have also produced some guidance about this.

If you would like further information after reading the guidance please contact us.