Following public consultation, the decision to proceed with the proposal to relocate Torbay School Opens in a new window to Parkfield, Paignton was taken by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Executive Lead for Adults and Children and the Director of Children’s Services on 8 July 2016.

The relocation is to address the issues at the school’s existing site at Torbay Road, Paignton. We own the Parkfield site which is of sufficient size to accommodate a school; and the existing facilities would benefit the young people who attend Torbay School. 

We acknowledge that many respondents to the consultation were concerned about the changes to Parkfield and the impact on the facilities for young people.  However, we are seeking to maximise the potential of the site and ensure that it remains sustainable.  We will continue to work with the Youth Trust and consult with the young people who currently use the facility.  The BMX track, skate-board park and site will continue to remain open and available for use for all and the Parkfield building will still be available for use outside of school hours - evening, weekends and holidays. 

Throughout the project to relocate Torbay School, regular updates will be posted here giving information on the following key issues:

  • What areas of the site will be accessible to the school / public / users outside school hours
  • What activities will be available/on offer to young people at Parkfield
  • P/2016/1159 - Planning application relating to the relocation of Torbay School to Parkfield.
  • Progress of the school build and relocation of Torbay School to the Parkfield site
Project timeline
Milestone Date(s)
Council decision 8 July 2016
Design period July to 14 October 2016
Planning application submitted Week commencing 17 October 2016
Contract tendering 7 November to 16 December 2016
Planning decision January 2017
Contractor appointment January 2017
Detailed design 6 January to 12 May 2017
Parkfield building (only) closes 31 March 2017
Construction 12 June 2017 to 8 June 2018
Parkfield building re-opens 9 June 2018
Autumn term 2018 starts 4 September 2018
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FAQs

In February 2015 it was agreed by full Council that the school’s existing site on Torquay Road was failing to meet the needs of its pupils. Council then made the decision to relocate the school.

Yes. The lease to the school will only be for the My Place building and the area to the rear of the building. This area of the site will be secure as with all schools, but access through the Parkfield site from Polsham Road, the wooded area and through to Colin Road will be maintained and accessible by the public.

Yes. The skate park and the BMX track will not form part of the lease to the school and will still be available to use by the public. The council will ensure that both of these facilities remain safely accessible to all their users.

We must continue to deliver youth services at times that suit young people from the site, as initially agreed when it received the grant. The Cabinet Office has been consulted with regard to the proposals, and they have given outline approval. This is as long as the council will continue to deliver youth services from the building and site outside of school hours, and at times to suit young people.

We are working with the current building users to help them to find suitable alternative venues for their activity or service. In the future, the new school buildings will present new opportunities for spaces to be used outside of school hours.

Yes, and discussions are ongoing with the National Trust to ensure that the development does not breach covenant restrictions on the site.

It is anticipated that Torbay School will soon become an Academy with a new management team who will continue to put measures in place to deal with any anti-social behaviour. They will also work with residents to quickly resolve any reported problems and prevent future issues. We are committed to ensuring safe and responsible use of the site during and outside of the school day.

No, the proposal is to continue to provide the existing provision at Torbay School.

We, along with the school, will be considering how to maintain the current offer and how this will develop in the future.

Torbay School operates in a different way to most secondary schools. There will be around 60 pupils at the school, who will usually arrive and leave in groups, either in a mini bus, taxi or public transport. This activity will take place within a short timescale in the morning and after school. It is anticipated that any increase in vehicle journeys will be kept to a minimum with measures put in place to reduce impact.

As with all schools, keeping the pupils who attend the new school safe is of up most importance to us and the school. This is why the design team has been briefed to ensure that the openness of the site is maintained, whilst at the same time ensuring the school and outside areas are secure. This will ensure the safeguarding of the young people while they are attending the school.

We are consulting with young people and our partners as to where youth services would best be delivered during this period of time. We will provide a schedule and ensure this is well communicated in plenty of notice for the closure of the centre. The skateboard park, BMX track and site access will remain open throughout the construction period.

Yes. Young people will be able to access the centre out of school hours, which will include evenings, weekends and school holidays.