Secondary Admissions

Admissions Arrangements for September 2018

Open Events

We held a very successful Open Evening on Tuesday 12 September and are now holding Open Mornings on the following dates, running from 9.15am to 10.30am:

Thursday 14 September

Tuesday 19 September

Thursday 21 September

Tuesday 26 September

If you have not yet seen our school and are undecided about accepting a place here, please attend an open morning to see our School in action, explore our website or get in touch with any questions you may have.

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

















Applying for a place at Prendergast Ladywell School - September 2018 entry

All families in London must apply for a place at Secondary school at The portal is open now, and closes at one minute before midnight on 31 October 2017.

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.

Thursday 1 March

National Offer Day

Tuesday 7 March

Open Morning

Thursday 15 March

Deadline for accepting your place

May (dates to be confirmed)

Student interviews (by appointment from 2pm)

Tuesday 3 July

Student familiarisation day

Tuesday 5 September

Year 7 starts school (am only)

Wednesday 6 September

School starts

Important information

Please read our Year 7 Welcome Booklet, which has important information about joining PLS in September.

You will also find the following documents useful:


Free school lunches

At Prendergast Ladywell School, a hot healthy lunch costs £2.30 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. 

There are lots of ways to apply: download the Free School Meals Form, collect one from our School Office, or apply online at

Don’t miss out – apply today.

Why choose Prendergast Ladywell School? 

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


 Enrolment Interviews

We will write to invite students invited to an enrolment interview on an afternoon in May. 

Your letter of invitation will include a copy of the Enrolment Forms and the Year 7 Welcome Booklet for you to keep. Please bring the completed forms along with your child's original passport and / or birth certificate, their latest school report and any medical notes as necessary.

PLS Induction Day

We welcome families to our Induction Day on the first Tuesday every July. Please see below for an outline of last year's events:

Students arrived 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:

8.50 - 9.00                  Arrival – students to be brought to reception and will be led to the Assembly hall.

9.00 - 9.30                  Introductions – Welcome to Prendergast Ladywell School!

9.30 - 10.10                English baseline testing

10.15 - 10.30              Break time: refreshments are provided

10.40 - 11.20              Maths baseline testing

11.30 - 12.45              Class-based activities and a tour of the school.

12.45 - 13.00              Final presentations

13.00                         End of the Induction Day

Parents / carers collected students outside reception at the end of the day.

First day for Y7s

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 Wednesday so that we can dedicate this time exclusively to our Y7s.


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

If you were NOT offered a place here at Prendergast Ladywell School and would rather your child enrol at PLS than the school you were allocated, please email Lewisham Council at with the reasons why you wish to have your allocated school changed to PLS and they will accommodate your request.