Welcome to new and prospective Reception families
This is an extremely exciting time to join Prendergast Primary. We opened in September 2014 and now have children up to Year 3. By 2020 we will be at full capacity from Reception to Year 6. As the school has grown we have become increasingly popular with local families. Through word of mouth in the local community, our reputation as a caring, family school ‘at the heart of the community’ has grown, with excellent feedback from parents. Our school has been described as ‘a hidden gem’, with our 2016 Ofsted inspection praising our school for its ‘resourceful, rich environment inside and outside the classroom which inspires pupils to be creative in their play and learning.’
Creativity and a focus on the arts has become one of the strengths of our school – with teachers taking part in action research to develop creativity in our curriculum. We have highly specialist music, dance and drama teachers, giving our children the opportunity to access the arts from the very beginning of their school career. Reception children have performed this year as part of our choir at the Blackheath Halls, as well as taking part in Lewisham Live where our dance club took starring parts in ‘The Dance of the Cygnets’ from Swan Lake. All of our pupils take part in the Arts Award, a five- stage process which develops to a Level 3 qualification from when the pupils start in Reception to the time they move on to secondary school.
By September 2018 we are looking forward to opening a day nursery which will be situated directly next to the school. The nursery will offer full day provision, five days a week, and will have a baby room as well as a pre-school. As a school, we also offer ‘wrap-around’ care from 7.30am to 6pm via Honeybees After School Club which is based on our site.
For anyone thinking of applying to Prendergast Primary for September 2018, a reminder that the deadline date for applications is Monday 15th January 2018. If you have any questions before you make your final school choices, please contact me at email@example.com. All applications should be made via the Lewisham Admissions webpage at: https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/schools/school-admission/applying-to-start-primary-school/Pages/default.aspx.
Head of School
Please put the following dates in your diary:
Sunday 15th January 2018 - Applications for Reception places close
Applications should be made via the Lewisham Admissions website
Tuesday 17th April – National Offer Day
If you have been offered a place at Prendergast Primary School and would like to accept your offer, please do so via the Lewisham Council website. The deadline for accepting your place is Tuesday 1st May. We require you to complete our induction documentation and return to us via email, post or in person by Friday 25th May. We will also need to see original copies of your child’s birth certificate, passport (if they have one) and a utility bill less than 3 months old. Our induction documentation can be found via the following link: Primary Admissions 2017-18
Please see our open events for 2017/18 admissions: Open Events Dates
Tuesday 24th April 9.15am and Thursday 26th April 5pm – School Tours
If you have not already visited our school (or if you would like to visit again), this will be an opportunity for you to take a look at our facilities and meet some of our team. Please book your space on a tour with the school office on 020 8613 7490.
Tuesday 12th June and Thursday 14th June – Taster Sessions 9.30am – 10.30am
We will be inviting you and your child into school to experience a session in the Reception class and to meet the Reception class teachers. You will be advised which session your child will be invited to in due course.
Wednesday 20th June 5pm - Welcome to New Parents
This is an opportunity for parents to meet all of our staff team and to ask any outstanding questions that you may have. You will also be able to view Honeybees, our Breakfast and After School Club facility and to book your child in for September if you wish. This is a meeting for parents only where possible.
TBA - Summer Fayre
All new Reception families are invited to join us at our annual Summer Fayre.
Tuesday 3th July 10.30am – 11.45am – Family Picnic
Our picnic has been a very popular family event over the last two years. We will be inviting our new children, siblings, parents/carers and grandparents to join the Reception team for a picnic in the school grounds. This is a great way of everyone getting to know each other.
Week Commencing Monday 4th September - Home Visits
Your child’s class teacher will visit you and your child at home during this week. The purpose of this visit is for your child to get to know us better in their home environment and for the class teacher to find out a little bit more about their likes and dislikes, which will help them to settle quickly into school life.
Week Commencing 11th September - Children Start School
Your child will start school one day during this week – you will be advised of the date nearer the time. Children attend school all day from 8.45am until 3.15pm from their very first day. All children will be full time at school by Friday 15th September.