Building Development


Moor Lane, Watcome, Torquay

Re-Development and Expansion


Mayfield School opened in September 2002 providing 100 places for children aged 2-19 with Severe learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Autism and Physical Difficulties (PD).  The building was extended in 2013 increasing the schools capacity by 50 places to 150.

However, the school now has 178 pupils on roll at this site with 188 pupils expected for September 2021.  This takes it to 28 over capacity with numbers expected to increase by one further class in 2021.  In order to meet the current demand for specialist school places the Council has agreed to fund the expansion of Mayfields accommodation at the Steps Lane site.

Breaking News!

Torbay Council has approved a significant investment project at Mayfield Schools Torquay site to facilitate expansion and remodelling.

What size will the school be?

Currently the school has a planned admission number of 150. The new build and refurbishment of the main school will provide sufficient space to accommodate current and future demand.

What will this mean for the school?

In order to accommodate current demand on the Torquay site, specialist teaching and resource areas have been used as classrooms. The proposal is to provide a new standalone building on site and refurbish areas of the main school building. This expansion will allow the school to meet current and future demand.

Is there enough space on site for the proposed work?

Following a feasibility study of the school site, it was agreed that a new standalone building would be provided with areas of the existing accommodation moved to the new build. The vacated areas will then be refurbished and bought back into use. The new build will occupy unused space on the school site.

Will the works affect my child’s education?

Careful consideration will be given to phasing of the works to ensure minimal disruption to the school day. Any works likely to cause disruption will be planned for school holiday periods.

Planned programme of works

1. Feasibility and Surveying Phase – Nov 20 – Feb 21 – COMPLETED

2. Planning Phase – Feb 21 – May 21 – COMPLETED

3. Detailed design and Tendering Phase – May 21 – July 21 – COMPLETED

4. Build Phase – October 2021 – SCHEDULED

5. Completion Phase – Jun 22

Who do I contact if I have any concerns?

School Contact:

Adam Tapp – School Business Manager

Mayfield School

Moor Lane, Watcombe



01803 328375

[email protected]

Project Team Contact:

Nicola Bovey – Schools Capital & Planning Officer

Education Team, TDA, 3rd Floor

Tor Hill House, Union Street



[email protected]


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