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

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.

From 1 November you will be able to apply online from this page. 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, 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 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.

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 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).