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, please see our in-year admissions page.

Admissions Arrangements for September 2023

Please visit our key-information-and-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 2023 must apply for a place at Secondary school at by 31 October 2022.

Students who are already on our roll in Year 6 have the right to automatically transfer to Year 7 in September and do not need to do anything on eadmissions; please let us know of your intentions so that we can explain how this process will work. 

Please note that for academic year 2021-22, the furthest distance place we offered on National Offer Day was 1316.5m from the school. For students starting in September 2022 the furthest distance place offered on National Offer Day was 1031.68 metres.

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

Places will be allocated and parents informed on Wednesday 1 March 2023; the deadline to accept or decline places will be Wednesday 15 March 2023. We will email all of the families who are offered a place here on National Offer Day and invite them to join ParentMail, our communications system. We will then send invitations to our online enrolment system and invite families to an enrolment meeting on Monday 12 June.

You are welcome to view these recordings of previous Open Events:

Important diary dates for September 2023 entry

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 changed our processes for enrolment and are now using an online system.

We use ParentMail to communicate with our incoming Year 7s, who may also check our Transition page for more information specific to their joining in September. 

Wednesday 1 March

   National Offer Day

Wednesday 15 March

   Deadline for accepting your place

w/c Monday 24 April TBC

   We will invite families to join ParentMail

w/c Monday 15 May 

   We will invite families to complete the online enrolment form

Sunday 4 June

   Deadline to complete online enrolment form

Monday 12 June

   We use a combination of online enrolment forms and a face-to-face meeting 
   Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 2pm) 

Monday 19 June

   We use a combination of online enrolment forms and a face-to-face meeting
   Student enrolment meetings (by appointment from 3.15pm)

Tuesday 4 July

   Student familiarisation (Induction Day: 9am - 12.30pm) 

w/c Monday 21 August

   Holiday club for new Year 7s. Mornings only, Monday to Friday.
   Information was sent via a ParentMail Form on 13 May and sign-ups must be received by 23 May.

Monday 4 September

   Year 7 starts school (am only)

Tuesday 5 September

   School starts


We use ParentMail to keep in regular contact with families, and a combination of the online enrolment forms via Applicca and a face to face meeting.

In keeping with our usual schedule, following the Easter holiday, we invite successful applicants to submit the completed forms and upload images of the 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.

We will 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 information (Welcome Pack)

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

You will also find the following documents useful:

PLS Induction Day

We 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 is scheduled to be Tuesday 4 July 2023. 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, which is 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.

First day for Y7s: Monday 5 September 2023

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 school 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 - 12:30pm

Tutor Group induction activities

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Free school lunches

At Prendergast Ladywell School, a hot healthy lunch costs £2.58 per day (£12.90 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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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.

Open Events in September 2022

Our Open Events follow the same pattern every year. Mr Hand, Headteacher, introduces key members of staff and gives a deeper insight into Prendergast Ladywell School. 

You are invited to explore our website, or get in touch with any questions you may have.

The programme began with an Open Evening on Tuesday 13 September from 6pm to 8pm. 

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

Thursday 15 September

Tuesday 20 September

Thursday 22 September

Tuesday 27 September

We also scheduled a Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 22 September from 6pm to 8pm, with no limits on numbers! This online event was hosted by Mr Hand, where he delivered his presentation and answered questions posted on the forum. 

Please read the FAQs from September 2020 or the more recent FAQs from September 2022 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

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Attendance Guidance 01st Mar 2022 Download
Cashless Guide 01st Mar 2022 Download
FSM applications 2021 2022 01st Mar 2022 Download
LRC contract 01st Mar 2022 Download
PLS Appeal form Sept 2022 entry 04th Mar 2022 Download
PLS Home School Agreement 01st Mar 2022 Download
PLS In-year application form 2021-2022 04th Mar 2022 Download
PLS Year 7 welcome booklet for Sept 2022 01st Mar 2022 Download
Use of ICT agreement 01st Mar 2022 Download