Hi urbanprincess (an urban princess in Torbay? Surely lost!
Regrettably the Torbay area is not at all well off for independent secondary schools. Exeter School is probably the best within striking distance, but is likely to be full by now. Blundells in Tiverton is very good indeed - the only place for the county set
- and might just have a place still, but quite a distance. Otherwise you could try Kelly College in Tavistock or Plymouth College.
Apart from that I suspect you'll have to look into boarding. Wellington School in Somerset might be worth a look, it's very strong academically and is just off the M5. It offers weekly (Mon-Fri) boarding at quite a reasonable price, and might just be willing to make an extra place available for a child who is quite bright.