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Education Services

TDA’s Education Team is commissioned by Torbay Council to ensure there are sufficient school places and to manage and deliver the Children’s Services Capital Programme.

We can also provide strategic advice and guidance for effective asset management, offering a wide range of support services to schools, Multi Academy Trusts, early years providers and other education clients. 

Our services include:

  • CONDITION IMPROVEMENT FUND (CIF) bid writing for Academies
  • URGENT CAPITAL SUPPORT FUND applications for Academies
  • Producing BUSINESS CASES for school organisation changes
  • Procuring, managing and delivering CAPITAL PROJECTS
  • Reviewing and producing SCHOOL ACCESS PLANS
  • Reviewing and producing ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS
  • CURRICULUM ANALYSIS and FEASIBILITY STUDIES to identify accommodation requirements
  • Writing and conducting CONSULTATIONS
  • SERVICE CONTRACTS for mechanical and electrical plant
  • FACILITIES MANAGEMENT cleaning & caretaking and minor repairs & maintenance


  • Successful track record in bidding for capital grants including CIF, Early Years Capital Grant and Basic Need
  • Over 20 years of experience managing and delivering capital projects on time and within budget
  • Over 20 years of experience working within the Education sector
  • Extensive network of satisfied education clients across the South West

 What our clients say: 

“Brunel Academy would like to say a massive thank you to the TDA and contractors for delivering an amazing facility for our students.  The project was managed brilliantly and choice of contractors made the whole process pain free.  The new development has had an instant impact on the Academy by providing a first class PE / activity space that we hope the wider community will benefit from in the future.  The new entrance also provides a safer space for students to arrive and depart from the Academy. We look forward to future projects with the TDA.  Thank you from all the governors, staff, students, and parents of Brunel Academy.”
Matt Caunter – Headteacher, Brunel Academy Paignton

“With the help and support of TDA, Paignton Academy submitted a 2018 CIF bid within a very tight timescale. Their knowledge and understanding of the process was invaluable in ensuring the bid was high quality and in line with the specific criteria applied. I would highly recommend them to any academies or MATs considering applying for future funding opportunities.”
Stephen Kings – CEO, Bay Education Trust

"We would like to share our very positive experience of working with TDA on our school expansion project. The contribution of the experts from TDA has been invaluable in guiding us through the technical and financial complexities of the build.  Without their expertise and understanding of the educational environment, the whole process would have been far more difficult and would not have resulted in the excellent buildings we have today.
TDA has acted on our behalf to ensure that we have the best buildings possible for our pupils and they have been flexible and accommodating in their approach, always listening to our requests and concerns and trying to resolve them in the best way possible.  They have helped us to manage this build, with as little disruption as possible to normal school life, whilst keeping all stakeholders safe and allowing the school to continue to thrive.
Our new buildings will benefit children for many years to come by providing them with an amazing environment in which to learn. We would whole heartedly recommend their services to other schools undertaking a similar project.  Thank you from everyone at White Rock Primary School!"
Sarah Tompkinson, Headteacher White Rock Primary School

"The support we received from the TDA in the development of our access plan was fabulous.  The work was very thorough and supportive, yet challenging.  It is reassuring to know that our plan has been quality assured and that we have covered all bases." 
Sue Julyan Headteacher, Torre Academy

"We were really pleased with the outcome of our decision to ask TDA to rewrite our accessibility plan, whilst we could have undertaken this task ourselves, it was good to get a different set of eyes to look at it and gives a confidence that an external body has confirmed our plan."
Mike Lock Headteacher, Combe Pafford School

See some of the latest projects we've worked on:

Torquay Academy (new TA classrooms)

Paignton Community and Sports Academy (CIF)

White Rock Nursery

Can we help you?

Call the Education Team on 01803 208220 to discuss how we can work together to meet your needs. You can also email us on

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Useful Website Links

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Clare Talbot

Head of Education Services

Tel: 01803 208220