If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 you will need to apply for a secondary school place. The application period is 1 September 2018 to 31 October 2018.

Before you apply for a place you should read Torbay's admissions guidance booket TIPS8.

TIPS 8 Booklet
Primary and Secondary School Admissions Booklet
Secondary School Supplement
Secondary School Admission Criteria for 2019-20 entry to years 7-11

You can also see how we allocated placed last year.

The deadline to register for selective tests is 7 September and the deadline to apply to Torquay Academy Football Academy or Performing Arts Academy is 21 September. For information about selective testing please refer to the Secondary School Supplement and the Supplementary and registration form section at the bottom of this page for the relevant form.

Applying for a secondary school place

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If you prefer to apply using a paper application form these will be available from your child’s primary school, Connections or Student Services by calling 01803 208908 from 1 September.

Please see the bottom of this page for further information, if you will need to complete any supplementary forms and how to apply to selective schools.

School open days

You should use the time between now and October to visit schools and to find out more about the way each school prioritises children for places. You can find a full list of open days on our secondary school open days page.

Admission arrangements vary from school to school. Before you apply for a place get to know the arrangements so you can judge the chances of getting a place for your child. Admission arrangements say how many places are available. They explain any special entry requirements and how places are prioritised if too many children want to go to a school.

Secondary School Supplement
Secondary School Admission Criteria for 2019-20 entry to years 7-11

The admission policies and over subscription criteria for all schools in Torbay can be found at www.torbay.gov.uk/admissions, on school websites or from Student Services telephone 01803 208908. Maps showing designated areas are available in these places. You can also see how places were allocated in 2018 for each school.

The council has a co-ordinated scheme to ensure that every child has a single offer of a school place on the national allocation day, 1 March 2019. You must apply to Torbay Council if you live in Torbay, even if you prefer a school outside of Torbay. You can state up to 3 preferences. Your preferences make no difference to how your application is ranked by each school. If a school is oversubscribed places are allocated according to the admission criteria not the parent’s ranking. Where a place can be offered at more than one school, we look at your preferences to offer you a place at your higher preference school.

After the closing date, you can only change your preferences if there is a significant change in circumstances such as

  • Moving to a new house that is served by a different secondary school
  • Where there are significant new medical reasons supported by a medical practitioner that make the original application unsound
  • Where a child is taken into care, adopted or accommodated after the closing date and the change is supported by a letter from a social worker.

If your child has an Education, Health & Care Plan, the process for applying for a secondary place is slightly different. You will receive a letter from the Special Needs team during the autumn term to explain the changes that are to be made to your child’s Plan and to find out about your preferred secondary school for your child. For more information please contact the Special Needs team on 01803 208274. If you wish your child to sit a selective test, you should still register with a grammar school by 7 September 2018.

Normally it will be your responsibility to make arrangements for your child’s transport to and from school, but there are certain circumstances where the Council will provide travel assistance. For more information look at www.torbay.gov.uk/school-transport or telephone the Transport Team on 01803 207688.

An address of convenience is an address used for the purposes of gaining a school place which is not a child’s normal, permanent address.

We will investigate a potential address of convenience using the following protocol.

Address of convenience assessment protocol
Sets out the procedure by which Torbay Council student services team will investigate potential addresses of convenience.