Secondary Admissions

Admissions Arrangements for September 2017

Parents and carers have received their letters advising which secondary school their child has been allocated to. We are aware that parents in many areas of England found it harder to get their child into a favoured secondary school than last year, with 90,000 expected to miss out on their first choice.

In just 12 months, more than half of the nation's towns and counties have seen a fall in the proportion of Year 6 pupils winning a place at their first choice school, according to analysis of government data. Two out of three local authorities witnessed a drop in the percentages of children gaining a place at any of their chosen schools in the past five years.

If you were NOT offered a place here at Prendergast Ladywell School and would rather your child enrol at PLS than the school you were allocated, please email Lewisham Council at with the reasons why you wish to have your allocated school changed to PLS and they will accommodate your request.

PLS Induction Day

We recently welcomed families to our Induction Day on Tuesday 4 July. Please see below for an outline of the day's events:

Students arrived at Prendergast Ladywell School, (using the Secondary School entrance off Ladywell Fields) and reported to the main reception desk at 8.45am in their current school uniform for the induction day, where students were signed in.  At this point parents said goodbye to their child in the reception area.

Parents who requested to look around the School met with our Prefects once all of the students have gone downstairs to their Welcome Assembly, and were taken on a tour.

The format of the Induction Day is as follows:

8.50 - 9.00                  Arrival – students to be brought to reception and will be led to the Assembly hall.

9.00 - 9.30                  Introductions – Welcome to Prendergast Ladywell School!

9.30 - 10.10                English baseline testing

10.15 - 10.30              Break time: refreshments are provided

10.40 - 11.20              Maths baseline testing

11.30 - 12.45              Class-based activities and a tour of the school.

12.45 - 13.00              Final presentations

13.00                         End of the Induction Day

Parents / carers collected students outside reception at the end of the day.

Important information

Please read our Year 7 Welcome Booklet, which has important information about joining PLS in September.

You will also find the following documents useful:


Enrolment Interviews

Students were invited to an enrolment interview on the afternoon of Monday 22 May. If you accepted a place at PLS but haven't had an enrolment interview, please get in touch.

Your letter of invitation will include a copy of the Enrolment Forms and the Year 7 Welcome Booklet for you to keep. Please bring the completed forms along with your child's original passport and / or birth certificate, their latest school report and any medical notes as necessary.

Free school lunches

At Prendergast Ladywell School, a hot healthy lunch costs £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week). If your family receives certain benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals, which could save you over £400 a year! This money is credited directly to your child's account daily at 12noon, so no one knows who receives free school meals.

In addition to free school meals, PLS will receive extra money (pupil premium) to benefit your child’s education. 

There are lots of ways to apply: download the Free School Meals Form, collect one from our School Office, or apply online at

Don’t miss out – apply today.

Open Events

Families who were allocated a place at PLS were invited to attend an Open Event, which was an opportunity for students, parents and carers to come and see the school in action before our Enrolment Interviews on Monday 22 May.

If you have not yet seen our school and are undecided about accepting a place here, please get in touch to book yourself in for a tour.

Here are some comments from last year's event: 

I really enjoyed all of the different facilities that I was shown… you are doing very well. I am looking forward to coming here.

I was very excited and looking forward to seeing the school after checking the website. I was even more impressed! My child will be coming in September. Thank you.

I have enjoyed my time here. I think I will have a good education here next year.


Why choose Prendergast Ladywell School? 

Whatever you're into, we have something to interest you, check out this video and see for yourself:


First day for Y7s

We hold a morning session for our new Year 7s at the beginning of September, to provide the opportunity to get used to the building before the rest of the school starts the following day. 

Please see this letter from last year regarding the first day for Y7s, which outlines what we offered last September.

You will be invited to attend the Student familiarisation day in July, where we will provide you with vital admissions information such as the Parent Information Pack and other forms and documents that you will find useful.

 Important diary dates

The transition from primary school to secondary school is a significant milestone, which can be daunting for some young people. We want to make this process as simple and easy as possible by providing plenty of opportunity for our future pupils to familiarise themselves with their new environment as soon as they can.  

Every year, we deliver a varied programme of events to aid with the transition to Prendergast Ladywell School.

Tuesday 1 March National Offer Day
Tuesday 7 March Open Morning
Wednesday 15 March Deadline for accepting your place
Monday 22 May Student interviews (by appointment from 2pm)
Tuesday 4 July Student familiarisation day
Tuesday 5 September Year 7 starts school (am only)
Wednesday 6 September School starts



If you are stuck with anything, please contact Mechelle Paterson (Office Manager and Admissions) on or by calling 020 8690 1114 and selecting option 2.