For Admissions from September 2019 onwards:
For All Students:
Torquay Academy operates its own Admissions Policy. Co-ordinated admissions schemes operate in Torbay for admissions to Year 7 and for in-year admissions. Applications for places must be made through a pupil’s home local authority. For all applications the home address is taken as the address of the person with parental responsibility for the child, and with whom the child lives, at the time of application, or in the case of a child in public care, the address of the carer. A sibling is taken as another child of the same family unit and living in the same household.
Torquay Academy admits children of all abilities. If too many pupils apply for the available places, then the oversubscription criteria for all year groups is as follows:
Children with statements of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the Academy on the Statement or Plan will have automatic entitlement to a place at the Academy.
- Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately following being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, child arrangement or special guardianship order.
- Students qualifying for a place in
a) the Football Academy – up to 8 places
b) the Performing Arts Academy – up to 8 places
- Children who will have a sibling on roll at the Academy at the time of application.
- Children of staff at the school in either or both of the following circumstances:
a) where the member of staff has been directly employed by the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or
b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
- Other children living in the designated area served by the Academy
- Other children living outside the designated area
Should it be necessary to further distinguish between applications within any of the above categories, priority will be given to those living closest to the Academy. Measurements are taken by a straightline distance using the Council’s electronic mapping system (GIS). Measurements will be made from the co-ordinates of the home address as pinpointed on the Council’s system, to the co-ordinates of the school as pinpointed on the Council’s system. The pinpoint will be within the boundary of the property and its precise location will be determined by Torbay Council. This is for admissions purposes only and is not used to determine eligibility for school transport. In the event that applicants cannot be separated using the distance tie-breaker (i.e. they live identical distances from the school), the allocation of a place will be by random selection using a random number generator and in the presence of a senior manager.
Casual Admissions (Mid-phase admissions)
Casual admissions are progressed by staff in the Student Services Team at the LA in conjunction with the Academy.
For further information, please download the complete Admissions Policy below.
Torbay Council’s website has further information on secondary school admissions and also gives information about how parents can object to the schools adjudicator: