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Primary School Admissions


If your child was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 and you have not yet applied for a place at primary school, please do so now.
The online application process is no longer available as the closing date has passed but you can download the Common Application Form CAF2 from this page. You can save it, complete it electronically and email it to pupil.services@torbay.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can print it, complete it and take it to your child’s school or your local Connections Office. Remember to keep a copy for yourself and ask the school or Connections staff to date stamp this copy.  Alternatively you can send it by post to Student Services, 4th Floor South, Tor Hill House c/o Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR.  You can also get a paper version of the form from the Connections office or from Student Services.
Before applying you should read the TIPS 8 booklet. This contains details of the application process and the Primary Supplement contains a summary of the admission criteria for each primary school.  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 Common Application Form CAF2.
Because your application is late it will not be processed until all the on-time applications have been processed.  Please see booklet TIPS 8 for further information about this.
Legally 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.  
Child bornNormal date of AdmissionDeferred Admission
1 Sept - 31 DecAutumn TermApring Term
1 Jan - 31 MarAutumn TermSpring or Summer Term
1 April - 31 AugAutumn TermSpring or Summer Term

Advice on the admission of summer born children

The government has issued guidance (Department of Education) opens in a new window about summer born children whose parents may be thinking of delaying the date when they start school. Torbay Council has also produced some guidance (Torbay Council) about this.
If you would like further information when you have read the guidance (Department of Education) opens in a new window please contact Admissions and Student Services.

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