Secondary Admissions

Admissions Arrangements for September 2020

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

All families of Year 6 children in London who are eligible to transfer to secondary school in September 2020 must have applied for a place at Secondary school at by 31 October 2019. Places were allocated and parents informed on Monday 2 March 2020; the deadline to accept places was Monday 16 March.

Admissions arrangements for admissions 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.

Important information

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

You will also find the following documents useful:

First day for Y7s: Thursday 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 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

Year 7 Meet the Tutor Event

From 4pm - 6pm on Thursday 3 September, we will be holding a 'Meet the Tutor' event. In order to aid social distancing, you will be allocated a time slot according to your child's Tutor Group. We will ParentMail everyone closer to the time, but please save the date!

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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Open Events in September 2020

If you are interested in enrolling your child to Prendergast Ladywell for September 2021 and you have not yet seen our school, please attend an open event next September to see our School in action, explore our website, or get in touch with any questions you may have.

Every year we have a similar structure of events, and we started off the programme with an Open Evening on Tuesday 10 September from 6pm to 8pm. You are welcome to join us for any of these open events. 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

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

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 7 July, but again, this could not go ahead due to coronavirus. 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 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.

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.

Unfortunately, due to coronavirus we are having to rethink our processes for enrolment and are unable to offer the traditional enrolment meeting here in school. 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 2 March

  National Offer Day

Monday 16 March

  Deadline for accepting your place

Monday 8 June 

  Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 2pm) 

Wednesday 24 June TBC

  Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 3.15pm)

Tuesday 7 July

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

Thursday 3 September

  Year 7 starts school (am only)

Friday 4 September

  School starts


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Enrolment Meetings

We have been unable to hold tradtional enrolment meetings this year, due to coronavirus, but we are contacting our parents regularly to keep in touch and develop a new process. If you need to discuss this please get in touch.

We would like you print out the Enrolment Form to complete and bring it to School. 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.

You can also download this Welcome Booklet

We have a long 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.


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