Attendance, Punctuality, Times of School Day and School Meals

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Timings of the school day

The following timings of the School day have been in force since the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year.

This change has standardised the length of lessons to 60 minutes, and ensures that the time pupils are in registration is used more effectively. A revised Pastoral Programme is now in place, which provides purpose to the registration period as an opportunity for learning and enrichment.

08:25 Students arrive at school

08:30 am - 08:50 am


20 mins

08:50 am - 09:50 am

Period 1

60 mins

09:50 am - 10:50 am

Period 2

60 mins

10:50 am - 11:10 am


20 mins

11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Period 3

60 mins

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Period 4

60 mins

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm


50 mins

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Period 5

60 mins

3:00 pm Schools ends

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

After School Clubs

60 mins


Our assemblies are on a rolling basis, with Year 7 having their weekly assembly on a Friday morning. Year 8 have theirs on a Thursday, with Year 9 Assembly on a Wednesday. Year 10 assembly happens on a Tuesday morning and Year 11 on a Monday.

 If you have any comments or queries about these changes, please contact us


Attendance Matters

It has been proven that high levels of attainment and attendance are linked. If your child does not attend school every day on time, their chances to achieve are minimised.

From September 2015, if your if your child’s attendance level is under 90% (19 days absence a year) you could be prosecuted for failure to ensure your child’s regular attendance at school. You may be sentenced to a fine of up to £2,500 and / or a 3 month custodial sentence.

Section 444 of the 1996 Education Act states:

      "If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, their parent is guilty of an offence."

We look forward to working with all parents / carers in ensuring all students attend school every day, on time.

Mrs J.Devigne-Nicholls
Attendance & Welfare Officer

School Meals

School lunch

Please see our menus for School lunches, which are provided by Olive Dining and run on a 3-week cycle. From January 2022 Olive Dining will be offering the Spring menu:

Summer Menu-Week-1 (commencing Tuesday 19 April and every 3 weeks thereafter)

Summer Menu-Week-2  (commencing Monday 25 April and every 3 weeks thereafter)

Summer Menu-Week-3 (commencing Monday 2 May and every 3 weeks thereafter)

Please see Olive Dining's Food Allergen Information

You can also download Olive Dining's latest newsletter.

At Prendergast Ladywell School, we operate a cashless system for students to pay for snacks at break-time and School lunch. You may find our Cashless Guide to PLS useful.

If you initially declined the opportunity for your child to use their fingerprint to access the cashless canteen system and have since changed your mind, please complete the Biometrics (cashless catering) Form, which provides us with permission to do this. Please see Olive Dining Price List 2017


Our cashless catering system is linked to ParentMail, so you can top up your child's lunch account, and also see how they are spending their money at the canteen.

Students who are in receipt of Free School Meals can also log on and check that their child has taken a school lunch, and how they spend any money you credit to their account.

If you have not yet registered with ParentMail, please do! You can use the free App to keep track of all School correspondence and School Reports, as well as pay for things like School Trips and top up cashless catering accounts.

Free school lunches

At Prendergast Ladywell 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 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

There is a lot of information online here, including how you may be able to claim free school meals if you have no recourse to public funds:

Don’t miss out – apply today.

Class Charts

What is Class Charts?

At Prendergast Ladywell School we use an application called Class Charts to help you keep track of your child’s achievements, access behaviour reports, view assigned homework tasks and track scheduled detentions. It is also the main conduit for communicating with parents regarding how their child’s day has been and any updates regarding school events and announcements.

The parent Class Charts application runs alongside the teacher version of the application. When using the application, you will be able to use Class Charts to keep track of your child’s behaviour and who their teachers are, view assigned homework tasks, track scheduled detentions, celebrate your child’s achievements, and view announcements from their school. If you have more than one child, you can access Class Charts information about your children from a single, centralised parent account.

Class Charts for parents can be accessed via the Class Charts website, or using iOS and Android apps.

You can access the parent website and links to the parent Apps at:

You will need to be given an access code by us to log in. If you are new to the school or have not received your child’s access code, you may email so that one of our team can provide you with the relevant information.

More info can be found in tab below.