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Apply for a secondary school place

Find out how to apply for a new secondary school year 7 place for September 2024 in Torbay.

The online application system is now closed. If you still need to make an application for your child to start school in September please call 01803 208908 or email to get an application form.

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will start Secondary School in September 2024. 

Apply online from 1 September 2023 for September 2024 admissions. You must apply by 31 October 2023. If you apply after 31 October your application will be considered late and may be at a disadvantage.

Before you apply

It is best to take some time to think about which school would be best for your child. You should find out as much as you can about your preferred schools by:

Selective schools

You need to take a test if you want to apply for a place at a selective school. You need to register and take the test before a place at the school can be offered.

All the schools use the same test and they are all taken at the same time.

Download a registration form on the school’s websites and return it to the school.

Applying for a place

You must register for an online account to apply for a Year 7 secondary school place.

  • you should complete this form even if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • complete our form if you live in Torbay, even if you are applying for schools outside Torbay
  • children who live outside Torbay need to apply to the council where they live eg Devon County Council

Application deadlines

Apply by 31 October 2023. If  you applied by this date you’ll get your offer on 1 March 2024.

We won't look at late applications until the first round of allocations has finished.

School preference

You can choose up to three schools in your order of preference from one to three.

We will offer your child one primary school place. If a place was available at more than one of your preferences, the offer will be for the school that can offer a place which was your highest preference.

Supplementary forms

You may need to complete a supplementary information form for your preferred schools. You can get the forms from the school.

Your preferred school may prioritise the children of staff in their admission criteria. If you work at the school then you will need to fill in a form to tell the school about your child's application.

You must complete these forms as well as the main (common) application form.

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