Secondary Admissions

Admissions arrangements during the academic year

If you want to move your child to Prendergast Ladywell School during the academic year, or you have recently moved into the area and would like to enrol your child here, you must apply via the Lewisham website.

Admissions Arrangements for September 2021

Please visit our policies page to see the current and future Admissions Policies and associated documents. 

All families of Year 6 children in London who are eligible to transfer to secondary school in September 2021 must have applied for a place at Secondary school at by 31 October 2020.

People who wished to submit an application for consideration under the criterion for Exceptional Social-Medical Need also needed to complete an additional supplementary form, which must also have been received by the school ( by 31 October.

Places were allocated and parents informed on Monday 1 March 2021; the deadline to accept or decline places was Monday 15 March 2021. We have emailed all families who were offered a place here on National Offer Day and invited them to join ParentMail, our communications system. We are working on setting up an online enrolment system and will send further details about the this process very soon.

If you were unable to attend one of our online Open Events, you are welcome to see a recording of an event held on Tuesday 29 September:

Important information (Welcome Pack)

Please read our 2021 Welcome Booklet, which is full of important information about joining PLS.

You will also find the following documents useful:


We were unable to hold tradtional enrolment meetings last year, due to coronavirus. This year we will be conducting the process electronically and using ParentMail to contact our parents regularly. We are now receiving online enrolment forms via applicca. Please submit the completed forms and upload images of your child's original passport and / or birth certificate, their latest school report and any medical / SEN notes as necessary. If you need to discuss this please get in touch.

You can also download the 2021 Welcome Booklet

We have a long waiting list of people who wish to enrol at PLS. Please be aware that if you do not complete our enrolment process and do not get in touch with us, we will assume that you do not wish your child to enrol with us and remove you from our admissions process so that we can offer the place to the person at the top of the waiting list.

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. Below is an outline of how the process works for students joining us; we generally have similar dates each year.

Following coronavirus we have changed our processes for enrolment and are now using an online enrolment system.

We are communicating to our new parents via ParentMail and you can also check our Transition page for more information specific to our new Year 7s joining in September. 

Monday 1 March

  National Offer Day

Monday 15 March

  Deadline for accepting your place

Monday 7 June 

  Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 2pm) 

Wednesday 23 June TBC

  Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 3.15pm)

Tuesday 6 July

  Student familiarisation (Induction day: 9am - 12.30pm) 
  We are now holding online Transition Meetings via zoom.

Thursday 2 September

  Year 7 starts school (am only)

Friday 3 September

  School starts

First day for Y7s: Thursday 2 September

We hold a morning session only 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 returns the following day. This is a very important day for our new starters, and we delay the rest of the school starting until the next day so that we can dedicate this time exclusively to our Y7s.

      Outline of the day:


Students arrive at School Reception

08:30 - 09:00am

Year 7 meet in KS3 playground in Tutor Groups

09:00 - 09:50am

Tutor Time session: student organisation
(equipment, planners, timetables) 

09:50 - 10:50am

Orientation tour of the school 

10:50 - 11:10am


11:10 - 13:00pm

Tutor Group induction activities


Students collect a sandwich lunch before being dismissed from Ladywell Fields School secondary gate

Open Events in September 2021

All our advertised Open Events in 2020 were delivered via Zoom. Mr Hand, Headteacher, introduced key members of staff and gives a deeper insight into Prendergast Ladywell School.

If you are interested in enrolling your child to Prendergast Ladywell for September 2022 and you have not yet seen our school, we will hold a series of open events in September 2021. This is likely to be via Zoom. In the mean time you are invited to explore our website, or get in touch with any questions you may have.

Our flyer of September 2020 events is here for you to download, so you can see the schedule we follow. In September 2021 we will provide a link for you to register your interest in attending a session. You will be asked to give your name, email address and the session you wish to join and we will send a Zoom link the day before the event.

Every year we have a similar structure of events, and we start off the programme with an Open Evening; this was held on Tuesday 15 September from 6pm to 8pm. 

The dates for our Open Mornings were as follows, running from 9.15am to 10.30am:

Thursday 17 September

Tuesday 22 September

Thursday 24 September

Tuesday 29 September

Please read the FAQs from September 2020 for more information on the school.

Here are some comments from past events: 

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

Free school lunches

At Prendergast Ladywell School, a hot healthy lunch costs £2.42 per day (£12.10 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. 

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PLS Induction Day

We would normally welcome families to our Induction Day on the first Tuesday of every July, which is the pan-London agreed induction date. The next Induction Day was scheduled to be Tuesday 6 July, but is no longer scheduled. Please see below for an outline of events to get an idea of what to expect, when we are next able to proceed as planned.

Students arrive at Prendergast Ladywell School, (using the Secondary School entrance off Ladywell Fields) and report to the main reception desk at 8.45am in their current primary school uniform for the induction day, where students will signed in.  At this point parents say 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 had gone downstairs to their Welcome Assembly, and were taken on a tour.

The format of the Induction Day is as follows:                   

8.45 - 9.00                   Arrival – students to be brought to reception and will sign it and go to the Assembly Hall
9.15 - 9.45 Introductions – Welcome to Prendergast Ladywell School!
9.45 - 10.45   Activities in Tutor Group rooms
10.45 - 11.00  Break time: refreshments are provided
11.00 - 11.40  Activities and tours
11.40 - 12.10 Hot snack in the canteen
12.10 - 12.20       Line up practice
12.20 -  12.30  Final message from the Headteacher 
12.30 End of the Induction Day

Parents / carers may collect students from the Park gate (Ladywell Fields) at the end of the day.

Information from Lewisham Council 

You can sign up to receive weekly emails from Lewisham Council about the secondary school admissions process using this link

Lewisham Council has created a webpage to make it easy for parents to find information on secondary school open events in one place, which will continue to be updated: 


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

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