Y6 Transition

Dear Prendergast Ladywell Parent/Carer

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Prendergast Ladywell School at the start of the next academic year in September 2024. The transition to Secondary School represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for all students, with the promise of many enjoyable and successful school years ahead. 

The transition from primary school to secondary school may seem like a massive step, but it represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for all students. The start of this new chapter promises many enjoyable and successful school years ahead with multiple opportunities for you all to learn, grow and to be part of a community. Throughout your school journey you will be given many opportunities to allow you to meet new people and be able to develop your confidence throughout the years. We understand that it is a huge transition from primary school, but we are here to guide you and make you feel welcomed in our school. 

In our school, we work hard to ensure students are demonstrating CARES values every day. We believe all students can Achieve Excellence; it is the motto written on the badge of every student. 

Please keep checking this page for important information and updates. If you do have any questions, please feel free to email me at rsmithers.pl@lsfed.com

I look forward to meeting you. 

Ms R Smithers - Transition Lead

Please see here for our Y6 PE Gallery:

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Please see the Uniform page for further details on where you can buy the School Uniform


We use ParentMail to keep in regular contact with families, and a combination of the online enrolment form 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 are oversubscribed and always have a long waiting list of people who wish to enrol at PLS. Please be aware that if you do not engage with our enrolment process and do not get in touch with us, we will 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:

Why choose Prendergast Ladywell School? 

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

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. 

Apply online at www.lewisham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals - or click to read more information on free school meals.

Don’t miss out – apply today.


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

PLS Induction Day

We normally welcome families to our Induction Day on the first Tuesday of July every year, which is the pan-London agreed induction date. The next Induction Day is scheduled to be Tuesday 2 July 2024. 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: Tuesday 3 September 2024 (morning only)

We hold a morning session only for our new Year 7s at the beginning of September, so they have 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

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

Open Events in September 2023

Our Open Events follow the same pattern every year, and have been completed for September 2024 entry. 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 12 September from 6pm to 8pm. 

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

Thursday 14 September

Tuesday 19 September

Thursday 21 September

Tuesday 26 September

We also scheduled a Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 21 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.

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


Name Date  
Attendance Guidance 20th Mar 2024 Download
FSM info 20th Mar 2024 Download
GDPR 20th Mar 2024 Download
LRC contract 20th Mar 2024 Download
PLS Home School Agreement 20th Mar 2024 Download
PLS Youth Support Services form 20th Mar 2024 Download
Use of ICT agreement 20th Mar 2024 Download
Welcome Booklet 2024-2025 15th Mar 2024 Download