Secondary Admissions

Admissions Arrangements for September 2020

All families of Year 6 children in London who are eligible to transfer to secondary school in September 2020 must apply for a place at Secondary school at by 31 October 2019. 

If you have recently moved into the area and would like to enrol your child here at Prendergast Ladywell School, please get in touch with Lewisham Council ASAP. 

Admissions arrangements for admissions during the academic year

If you want to move your child to Prendergast Ladywell School during the academic year, you must apply via the Lewisham website.

Open Events in September 2019

If you are interested in enrolling your child to Prendergast Ladywell for September 2020 and you have not yet seen our school, please attend an open morning to see our School in action, explore our website, or get in touch with any questions you may have.

We held an Open Evening on Tuesday 10 September from 6pm to 8pm. You are welcome to join us for that, and / or the remaining open mornings we have planned. There is no need to make an appointment, just turn up!

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

Thursday 12 September

Tuesday 17 September

Thursday 19 September

Tuesday 24 September

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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

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Important information

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

You will also find the following documents useful:

Free school lunches

At Prendergast Ladywell School, a hot healthy lunch costs £2.42 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. 

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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 worked for students joining us in 2019; we generally have similar dates each year.

Thursday 1 March

  National Offer Day

Friday 15 March

  Deadline for accepting your place

Monday 10 June

  Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 2pm)

Wednesday 26 June

  Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 3.15pm)

Tuesday 2 July

  Student familiarisation (Induction day: 9am - 12.30pm) 
Students to arrive from 8.45am

Tuesday 3 September

  Year 7 starts school (am only)

Wednesday 4 September

  School starts

Enrolment Meetings

We held enrolment meetings on the afternoon of Monday 10 June from 2pm, and for those who missed this, we have offered an appointment on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 June. If you need to discuss this please get in touch.

You should have received your invitation to the child's enrolment meeting on Friday 24 May. We request that you print out the Enrolment Form to complete and bring to your appointment, and our updated Welcome Booklet for you to keep. Please bring the completed forms along with the child's original passport and / or birth certificate, their latest school report and any medical / SEN notes as necessary.

We have a waiting list of people who wish to enrol at PLS. Please be aware that if you do not attend and do not get in touch with us to rearrange, 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.

PLS Induction Day

We welcome families to our Induction Day on the first Tuesday of every July, which is the pan-London agreed induction date. The most recent Induction Day was Tuesday 3 July. Please see below for an outline of events to get an idea of what to expect.

Students arrive 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:                   

8.45 - 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.

First day for Y7s: Tuesday 3 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 Assembly

09:00 - 09:50am

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

09:50 - 10:50am

Biometric registration / tour of the school / photos

10:50 - 11:10am


11:10 - 12:30pm

Tutor Group induction activities / photos


Students dismissed from Ladywell Fields School secondary gate


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