We are currently consulting on Admission Arrangements 2021-22. For further information, the proposed changes and how to feedback please visit the Admission Arrangements 2021-22 consultation page.

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you will need to apply for a place for them at primary school. The application period is from 1 November 2019 to 15 January 2020.

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.

Some primary schools hold open days for you to visit and others welcome personal visits. To arrange a visit, please contact the school directly.

New School
St Michael’s C of E Academy, will be opening for the first time in September 2020. Visit St Michael’s C of E Academy webpage for more information. You can apply for a place on the webpage as well as applying for other schools from supplementary forms below.

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

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 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).

Primary school open days
School Date Time
All Saints Babbcombe C of E Primary 18 November 2019 9am
All Saints Babbcombe C of E Primary 2 December 2019 9am
All Saints Babbcombe C of E Primary 9 January 2020 9am
Barton Hill Academy 14 November 2019 Contact school
Cockington Primary 16 December 2019 9:30am (Contact school booking required)
Cockington Primary 27 November 2019 9:30am (Contact school booking required)
Collaton St Mary C of E 14 November 2019 2:15pm
Curledge Street Academy 26 November 2019 10:15am
Curledge Street Academy 8 January 2020 10:15am
Homelands Primary 20 November 2019 Contact the school
Kings Ash Academy 28 November 2019 9:15am
Kings Ash Academy 7 January 2020 9:15am
Oldway Primary 18 November 2019 2:00pm
Oldway Primary 10 December 2019 9:15am
Oldway Primary 27 November 2019 9:15am
Our Lady of the Angels 19 November 2019 10am
St Marychurch C of E 27 November 2019 9:30am to 10:30am