Shiphay Learning Academy is a member of the Riviera Education Trust which is the admissions authority, responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission. We have an admissions policy for each academic year. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code and School Admissions Appeals Code. We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Torbay Council.


Come and visit us

If you are interested in your child attending our school, you are welcome to come in and visit us. You can arrange a visit on 01803 613556 or by emailing   The Office will be able to discuss admission with you.


Applying to come here

Once you decide you would like a place at Shiphay Learning Academy, you must make a formal application. You can do this by applying to the Local Authority and not direct to the school.  A fresh application must be made for children who are attending our Nursery.  


For the Normal Round intake into school, children are offered places to start in Reception at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday. Children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called 'In-Year' Admissions.


Thinking of applying for a place in Reception for September 2024?

Parents/carers can apply for school places in Reception for September 2024 from 1st November 2023.  All applications for a school place within Torbay are submitted through Torbay Admissions via an online form which can be found at:


You can apply for a school place any time between 1 November 2023 and 15 January 2024 (online applications close at 23:59).  Places are allocated on 16th April 2024.


The Local Authority

Torbay Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This is at


Applications can be made online at


The appeals process is detailed at


For questions about your child joining the school or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Torbay on 01803 208908 or by email to

You can also contact the Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to


The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2023

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2023. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 17 April 2023, they will be heard within that 40-day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged. In-year admission appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


Our Admissions Policies

You can find our admissions policies below - we review the school policy annually and may make changes if we feel this would be in the best interests of the school and our community.


Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in school from the start of Reception through to Year 6.

Shiphay Admissions Policy 2023 - 2024

School Admissions Policy 2024-25


Please see the policy below. 


If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or