If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 you must apply for a secondary school place between now and the end of October.

You can apply online or on a paper form, available from schools, nurseries or by phoning the Admissions helpline on 01803 208908. The deadline for applications to reach the council is 31 October 2019.

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Before you apply for a place you should read Torbay’s admissions guidance and the June 2019 letter sent to parents via primary schools.

TIPS 8 Booklet
Primary and Secondary School Admissions Booklet
Secondary School Admission Criteria for 2020-21
Entry to years 7-11

You can also see how we allocated places last year on our Secondary School Allocation for September 2019 page.

You should use the time between now and October to visit schools and to find out more about the way each school prioritises children for places. You can find a full list of open days below.

The deadline to register for selective tests is 6 September at noon and the deadline to apply to Torquay Academy Football Academy or Performing Arts Academy is 20 September. For information about selective testing please refer to the Secondary School Supplement and the Supplementary and registration form section at the bottom of this page for the relevant form.

Secondary school open days
School Date Time
Paignton Community and Sports Academy - Waterleat Road 1 October 2019 9:15 am to 11:00 am
Paignton Community and Sports Academy - Borough Road 3 October 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
St Cuthbert Mayne School 19 September 2019 9:45 am to 12:00 pm
St Cuthbert Mayne School 19 September 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Spires College 18 September 2019 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The Spires College 24 September 2019 9:00 am to 10:30 am
The Spires College 25 September 2019 9:00 am to 10:30 am
The Spires College 3 October 2019 9:00 am to 10:30 am
The Spires College 4 October 2019 9:00 am to 10:30 am
The Spires College 14 October 2019 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Torquay Academy 3 October 2019 08:15 am or 9:15 am or 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm
Torquay Academy 4 October 2019 8:15 am or 9:15 am
Torquay Academy 17 October 2019 8:15 am or 9:15 am
Torquay Girls Grammar School 5 September 2019 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Admission arrangements vary from school to school. Before you apply for a place get to know the arrangements so you can judge the chances of getting a place for your child. Admission arrangements say how many places are available. They explain any special entry requirements and how places are prioritised if too many children want to go to a school.

The admission policies and over subscription criteria for all schools in Torbay can be found at www.torbay.gov.uk/admissions, on school websites or from Student Services telephone 01803 208908.

The council has a co-ordinated scheme to ensure that every child has a single offer of a school place on the national allocation day, 2 March 2020. You must apply to Torbay Council if you live in Torbay, even if you prefer a school outside of Torbay. You can state up to 3 preferences. Your preferences make no difference to how your application is ranked by each school. If a school is oversubscribed places are allocated according to the admission criteria not the parent’s ranking. Where a place can be offered at more than one school, we look at your preferences to offer you a place at your higher preference school.

After the closing date, you can only change your preferences if there is a significant change in circumstances such as

  • Moving to a new house that is served by a different secondary school
  • Where there are significant new medical reasons supported by a medical practitioner that make the original application unsound
  • Where a child is taken into care, adopted or accommodated after the closing date and the change is supported by a letter from a social worker.

If your child has an Education, Health & Care Plan, the process for applying for a secondary place is slightly different. You will receive a letter from the Special Needs team during the autumn term to explain the changes that are to be made to your child’s Plan and to find out about your preferred secondary school for your child. For more information please contact the Special Needs team on 01803 208274.

If you wish your child to sit a selective test, you should still register with a grammar school by 6 September 2019 at noon.

Normally it will be your responsibility to make arrangements for your child’s transport to and from school, but there are certain circumstances where the Council will provide travel assistance. For more information look at www.torbay.gov.uk/school-transport or telephone the Transport Team on 01803 207688.

An address of convenience is an address used for the purposes of gaining a school place which is not a child’s normal, permanent address.

We will investigate a potential address of convenience using the following protocol.

Address of convenience assessment protocol
Sets out the procedure by which Torbay Council student services team will investigate potential addresses of convenience.