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The Education Team

Find out how we control the provision of suitable education environments for pupils including sufficient school places.

Welcome to the Education Team, dedicated to the well-being and success of students in Torbay. Our primary goal is to ensure an adequate and diverse number of school places in suitable accommodations to meet the needs of our community.

Our team's responsibilities include the following:

  1. Identifying Future School Needs: We analyze projected demands for school places and develop solutions to ensure that the Council fulfils its statutory duty for place planning. For the latest updates on primary and secondary school place planning and the current pressures we face, please refer to the following position statement:
  1. Implementing Proposals and Managing Funding: We oversee the implementation and delivery of proposals and the Council’s Capital Allocation for Education by managing the Children's Services Capital Programme for Education. Stay informed about our ongoing projects in our newsletter, "Heads Up!"


  1. Providing Strategic Advice: We offer strategic advice and guidance to effectively manage the school estate. Our aim is to promote good practices and address asset matters raised by the Department of Education, visiting inspectors, surveyors, and engineers.
  2. Developing a Comprehensive Maintenance Program: We develop and manage an informed and effective Repairs and Maintenance Programme for the school estate. This ensures a safe and conducive learning environment for all students.
  3. Responding to Data Requests: We promptly respond to data requests related to pupil numbers, school capacities, pupil projections, capital expenditure, and more. Access to accurate information is crucial for making informed decisions.
  4. Overseeing School Organisation Processes: We handle all legislative and statutory processes associated with changes to school organisation. This includes academisation, expansions, land disposals, closures, and other pertinent matters.

For further information, please contact:

Samantha Poston,

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