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Important Announcement 15 June 2021

The Prime Minister’s decision to delay the further easing of coronavirus restrictions has brought about a review of the events that we have planned within our school for the summer term.  The bringing together of a large number of people and opening our school environment brings additional risks for the transmission of the Covid 19 virus.  In consultation with the Local Authority Public Health Team we have taken the decision to postpone all open events until after Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown, currently proposed for 19th July.  All secondary schools in Torbay will follow this guidance.  Dr Lincoln Sargeant (Director of Public Health) supports this action and thanks all schools for their vigilance to risk assessing  all activities and continuing to take difficult decisions that will help to manage the ongoing pandemic. 

We are aware of the importance of open days and evenings in helping families choose their next steps, therefore, all schools will take steps to ensure families can visit them in September.  We very much look forward to welcoming young people along with their parents and carers into our schools in the near future.


Open Evenings - By Appointment Only
  • Wednesday 16 June - and Wednesday 30 June.  These events have been cancelled.  Please see above for details. 

Families who had appointments to attend the fully booked events in June have been informed directly.  These families will be prioritised for appointments at the replacement events in September and contacted again by a member of our team when dates and details are available.

  • Wednesday 15 September - FULL!

The transition from primary school to secondary school can feel like a big step for children.  At The Spires College, staff work hard to ensure that transition is as smooth and straightforward as possible. The college Principal, Alex Newton, understands the importance of open events and encourages parents and their sons and daughters to attend as many as possible.  Open events are usually so important because you it’s difficult to get a feel for a school without visiting it and meeting the people who work and study there.

This year, due to Covid-19, we are unable to have an unlimited number of families visiting the college.  Instead, families were able to book an appointment time for groups of up to two adults and two children or one adult and three children, bringing children other than those transferring from primary school only if it is not possible to arrange childcare for them.  We do not like to exclude anyone from our open events but by limiting bookings we are able to adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines surrounding the pandemic.  If the guidance changes beforehand, we will amend our plans accordingly.

Our Open Evenings are fully booked.  It is possible that restrictions will change and that we may be able to open up the September events to more people, however we will not know this until closer to the time. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for the Open Evenings in September, please email with the following information:

  • Preferred arrival time (tours take place every 10 minutes starting at 5 pm and finishing at 7.20 pm)
  • Name of Parent/Carer
  • Name of Student/Pupil
  • Primary School
  • Email address (parent/carer)
  • Phone number (parent/carer)
  • Number of people in family group for booking (maximum of 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
  • Where did you hear about the Open Evening

If you are unable to attend one of our Open Evenings, or to get a taste of what is on offer, we have a series of short films telling you about the different departments we have.  It’s not as exciting as being able to walk around and soak up the atmosphere of the college, but we hope it gives you an initial introduction to our community.  Leaving primary school, where children probably know every pupil and every teacher, can feel a bit scary for some, so watching some of the films with parents and carers is a great way of starting to feel excited about moving on to secondary school.

You can view our Virtual Tour via the following link: Click here to view our Virtual Tour films

We hope to welcome you all into to the college very soon!


Bespoke Tours

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer bespoke tours for individual families who have children transferring from local primary schools.  We simply do not have the capacity to offer this service.  Families who are relocating to the area who are not able to attend the open evenings can email for more information about visiting the college.  Parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities may contact our SENDCo, Caroline Kolek, for more information (


If you have any questions about admission to the college please email