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.

Information about primary places allocated in the first round of offers for September 2016 is now available.

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.


You can apply online. If you do this, we will be able to notify you of the outcome of your application by email on 18 April 2017. You will need to keep the email that will be sent to you to confirm receipt of your application.

  Apply for a Primary School place Opens in a new window

The application form can NOT be completed on a mobile device

You are advised to register in November. You can always change your preferences by going back into the system any time before the closing date, 15 January 2017.

Paper applications

You can also submit your application by downloading and completing an application form and sending it to us or taking it to your preferred school or Torbay Connections Office. Remember to keep a copy for yourself and ask the school or Connections staff to date stamp this copy. Paper forms will be available from schools, Connections or from Student Services, tel: 01803 208908.

  Download a primary school application form (CAF2)

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.


No places are allocated until after the closing date so it does not matter when you send in your preferences before that date.  It is best to take some time to consider which school you think would be best for your child. 

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.