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High School Transition - Useful dates and information 


Navigating the journey from primary school to high school is an exciting adventure filled with new opportunities and experiences. At Trinity, we understand the importance of a smooth and confident transition for our pupils as they step into the next chapter of their education. This page is designed to be a helpful resource for pupils, parents, and guardians alike, providing valuable information, tips, and insights to ease the transition process.


Our goal is to ensure that every student feels well-prepared, supported, and excited to embrace the opportunities that await them.

We're here to celebrate this milestone and provide the encouragement needed for a seamless and enjoyable transition.


Admission application dates


Applications for your child to start in year 7 at secondary school in September 2024 open on 1 September 2023 and close on 31 October 2023.


The date that all allocations of school places are announced in England is known as ‘offer day’. For September 2024 secondary school starters this is expected to be on 1 March 2024


Please note that the Local Authority will no longer send out letters to parent/carers of children in year 6 inviting them to apply. If you have a child who is going to be applying for secondary school transfer in September 2024, you can register to be sent an email or text reminder to apply once the system goes live on the 1 September.


The closing date is 31 October each year. You can apply after this date, but applications made after this date will be considered late and may be at a disadvantage. Please see the ‘Late applications’ tab for more information.


If you cannot apply online,  please contact the Education helpline on 0345 155 1019 and ask for a paper copy of the form to be sent to you.


To apply please use the citizen's portal here: 


Devon Citizen Portal



Local schools open visits


Open visits at high schools are important because they offer the chance to experience the school's atmosphere, interact with the community, understand academic and extracurricular offerings, and make informed decisions about the best educational fit for a child's future


ISCA (Topsham Road)

This is the catchment school for Newcourt and Trinity is a listed priority school in the Admissions Policy. 



Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September 2023.

The school will be open from 4pm – 6.30pm.
You will be able to attend a welcome talk and then enjoy a guided tour led by key staff and of course our super scholars.
There will be teachers to speak to in all areas with examples of scholars’ work, and our wider curriculum offer.
Presentations from the Headteacher will be made at 4:15pm & 5:15pm.


Also have Open Morning tours.

These will on Tuesday 19th , Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st October at 9.00 – 11.00am.

  • Parents and pupils are welcome to attend these tours.
  • Tour group sizes will be limited and so it is a first come first serve basis (places need to be booked in advance).


Please book via the following links:


ISCA Open Evening


ISCA Open Mornings


St Peter's Church of England Aided School (Quarry Lane)

This school has faith based admissions criteria. 

Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September 2023.

The school will be open from 5.45pm – 8.15pm.

Coffee Mornings will be held at 9.45am on the following dates: Monday 25th September, Tuesday 03rd October and Wednesday 11th October



Matford Brook Academy (March Close)

Have both Open Evenings and Open Mornings (small group tours) available. Please fill out the form at the following link if you would like to attend one of these events.


These are taking place at the temporary satellite site at St Luke's School, Hart's Lane - where they are based in this academic year before moving to our permanent site for September 2024 - and will last for approx. 45 minutes.  


Open Evenings: Wednesday 27th September or Wednesday 04th October

Open Mornings: Wednesday 20th, Friday 22nd, Wednesday 27th September, Wednesday 04th, Friday 06th or Wednesday 11th October



St Luke's Church of England School (Harts Lane)

Open Evening will be held on Thursday 05th October 2023. The school will be open from 6pm-8pm. 

Daytime tours - various across September and October. Please view the website for dates. 


St James School (Summer Lane)

Open Evening will be held on Thursday 28th September 2023. The school will be open from 6pm-8pm. 


West Exe School (Hatherleigh Road)

Open Evening will be held on Thursday 14th September 2023. The school will be open from 5pm-8pm. 


Cranbrook Education Campus (Tillhouse Road)

Dates of open visits to be published... 




Grammar and private schools

Grammar and Private schools have different admissions criteria and dates with many requiring an assessment. 

Please visit their websites for further information:


Colyton Grammar School -


Torquay Girls Grammar School -


Torquay Boys Grammar School -


Exeter School -

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