We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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 2008 and 31 August 2009 and you have not yet applied for a place at secondary school, please do so now.

  Download a secondary school application form (CAF1)

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, Torbay 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 2 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. This contains details of the application process. The secondary supplement contains a summary of the admission criteria for each secondary school. For some schools there is a supplementary form to complete if you wish. The forms are below and the secondary supplement will tell which ones can be used for each school.

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 further 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.

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

You can see the full admission policy for each school on their website or by looking in the Determined Arrangements 2020-21 section on the School admission arrangements page.


Information about secondary places allocated in 2020 is now available.

Information about secondary places allocated in previous years is also available.

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.