Due to Coronavirus restrictions, we are currently unable to process paper forms posted to our offices. Please download any application you need to make, complete electronically and send to us by email: pupil.services@torbay.gov.uk. If you find it difficult to contact us by phone, please email us with your queries and we will do our best to give you a prompt reply.

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and you have not yet applied for a primary school place, please do so now.

  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 post it to Student Services, Room SF338 Electric House, c/o Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR. Before you post a paper form to us, take a copy for your records. Include a stamped, addressed envelope or postcard when you post it so that we can confirm we have received your application. Contact us if you have not had confirmation after two weeks.

Additional information

You will be able to state up to 3 preferred schools and these can include schools outside of Torbay.

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. For some schools there is a supplementary form that you can complete if you wish. The forms are below and the primary supplement will tell you which ones can be used for each school.

New School

St Michael’s C of E Academy, will be opening for the first time in September 2020. Visit the St Michael’s C of E Academy website for more information. You can apply for a place at St Michael’s as well as applying for up to three places using the CAF2 form.

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 more information. If you have proof that exceptional reasons such as a very serious illness, hospitalisation or bereavement prevented you from making the application on time please email pupil.services@torbay.gov.uk or write to Student Services immediately giving full details and supporting evidence. Any requests received will be considered on an individual basis.

If we receive your application on or before 1 May 2020 we will write to you with the outcome on 18 May 2020.

TIPS 8 Booklet
Primary and Secondary School Admissions Booklet
Primary Supplement
Primary school admission criteria for 2020-2021, entry to Reception and year 1-6
Starting primary school
In September 2020

Information about primary places allocated in the first round of offers for September 2019 is now available.

Information about primary places allocated in the first round of offers for September 2018 is also available.

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. 


You can apply online. If you do this, we will be able to notify you of the outcome of your application by email on 16 April 2020. 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

It is best to register online in November. You can always add or change your preferences by going back into the system any time before the closing date, 15 January 2020.

Paper/Email applications

If you don’t want to apply online you can instead complete a paper form. Paper forms will be available from primary schools or early years settings, Children’s Services reception in Union Street, Torquay or from Torbay Council Student Services (phone 01803 208908). When the form is completed, you can

  • take it to your child’s school or
  • post it to Student Services, Room SF338, Electric House c/o Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torbay TQ1 3DR

If you hand your application form in to a school, be sure to keep the blue copy and get it officially 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. If you want to change your preferences before the closing date let us know by letter or email.

If for some reason you can’t use the online system you can also download an electronic version of the application form. You can either print it or you can save it on your computer and email your completed form to pupil.services@torbay.gov.uk. If you send it to us by email, we will send you a reply by email to confirm that we have received it. If you do not get our email within a week, contact us to check we have your application.

  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 a Primary school application (CAF2) form either online or on paper.


If we receive your application by the deadline of 15 January 2020, we will tell you the outcome of your application on 16 April 2020.

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 whose parents may be thinking of delaying the date when they start school. We have also produced some guidance about this.

Summer born children guidance
Guidance for parents and others with parental responsibility on deferred and delayed admission to primary education.

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

No matter what other forms you complete, you will need to complete the Common Application Form (CAF2).