School Trips & Events

Welcome to our School Trips and Events page!

Dickens Day (December 2017)

Any visitors arriving at PLS on 1 December would have been surprised to see some familiar literary faces entering through the gates. Along with a collection of frail old ladies in wedding dresses that had certainly seen better days, came chimney sweeps, scullery maids, artful young pickpockets and some very pale looking old gentlemen, weighed down with heavy chains and cash boxes. All of this was in honour of our very first Dickens Day.

The works of Charles Dickens feature prominently in the new English curriculum, including his classic novels and less known non-fiction essays. During Module 2 Year 7 have been studying “A Christmas Carol” and this celebratory day was a great opportunity to bring the text to life and learn more about writing Victorian style.

Year 7 students were invited to dress up as Dickens’ characters and really rose to the challenge. All of the participants looked amazing, but the overall winners were Austeja Bartkute and Bradley Stoddart both of whom came as one of Scrooge’s ghostly visitors. The English department had great fun representing the characters in “A Christmas Carol”, including Miss Nelson, a vision in blue as Scrooge’s first love Belle, Miss Kazim as the morbidly pale Marley and Miss Hadley-Stone taking on the rather alarming persona of  “death” - the spirit of Christmas Yet To Come. Thanks to all of the staff who sportingly dressed up; the winning outfit went to Miss Lynch as the jilted and jaded Miss Havisham.

All English lessons on the day had a Dickensian theme, with some students having the opportunity to write in the style of Dickens with feather quills and ink. Messy but fun! Competitions running on the day included: ghost story writing, Victorian Christmas card designs and a scavenger hunt. Thanks to all who entered, there were some truly scary ghosts and very imaginative designs. Congratulations go to the winners, Radi Dimcheva in Year 9 for her story, and Emily Yau in Year 7 and Aryan Verma in Year 8, for their Dickensian Christmas cards. All entrants received certificates and their work will be displayed in the English corridor next term.

From the vicious criminal Bill Sykes to blue-lipped, penny-pinching Scrooge, Dickens is probably best known for his larger-than-life and often socially outcast characters. To celebrate these multi-dimensional creations, Miss Shaw ran a Dickens reading workshop in the library at lunch time. Thanks to Mr Denny, Miss Lynch, Mr Mclean and Ranya Herhar in Year 7 for taking part and bringing these unforgettable figures to life.

In the 19th century city fairs were very popular and Mr Dickens was a frequent visitor at these social gatherings. With a little tinsel, mounds of candy canes and some delicious home baked cakes we attempted to recreate a Victorian fair in the English corridor. Huge thanks to London Cake Show of Stoke Newington for making the incredible Dickens Day cake. This was a very popular part of the day, and £100 pounds was raised for Crisis at Christmas, a charity that the great man himself, a compassionate advocate for social justice, would surely have approved of.

Dickens Day certainly was “the best of times”, made memorable and special by the enthusiasm and support of the school’s staff and pupils.

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BBC News Reporters (November 2017)

BBC School Reporters were visited by Huw Edwards and the BBC School Reporters crew.  PLC BBC School Reporters were given a workshop on how to gather news, they were also given the opportunity to put questions to Huw Edwards; it was an amazing experience for our BBC School Reporters.  Huw Edwards was very impressed with our students and would like to come back to PLS.

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Reculver Trip (November 2017)

As part of the GCSE Geography course, Year 11 Geography students completed two fieldwork days at contrasting locations. The first location was Reculver, on the North Kent coastline and the second location was Greenwich town centre, South East London.


On a very cold and windy Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November, Year 11 Geography students visited Reculver to investigate the coastal management schemes used there. Both days involved students gathering data, completing beach profiles and throwing oranges into the sea and measuring how far they floated up or down the coast (Longshore Drift test).  

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Fieldtrip two was a little closer to home with a visit to Greenwich on Tuesday 14 November to look at urban land use and its impacts. The  students completed a land use survey, pedestrian and traffic count, as well as looking at the various tourist attractions around the centre of Greenwich. Although the day was not as cold as Reculver, the students did cover a lot of steps whilst completing these geographical skills.

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Pretty Curious Workshop (November 2017)

This workshop was organised by EDF energy for Year 8 and 9 girls only. Girls only because, currently only 1 in 5 people working in core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the UK are women.

Pretty Curious is a programme which aims to address this under-representation of women in STEM careers, both now and in the future. They want to help change the perception of STEM subjects amongst teenage girls, confronting the reasons why they are being put off from further STEM-related studies and careers.

Our girls were tasked with creating their own inventions using little Bits kits (an introduction to circuits). They also worked hard to build their own robot following instructions given in an app using a mobile phone; the girls named the robot  ‘future guide to the disabled”. They also had the chance to see how the activities relate to the real world by watching a 360 VR film featuring three aspirational women in STEM careers.

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Dreph (Street Artist) (November 2017)

Dreph (Street Artist) visited PLS for a workshop with some of our Y11 students, the feedback from the students was amazing! Take a look at Dreph’s work :

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KS3 EAL - Welcome to London trip (October 2017)

On Friday 13 October, KS3 EAL Induction Programme Students visited Sea Life and London Eye. The trip was educational and fun. In Sea Life students learned a lot about the coral reefs and different types of fish. Afterwards, they were able to see all the important London landmarks from The London Eye and take photos of the amazing view.   

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Envision (October 2017)

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A group of Y10 students have been given the opportunity to take part in the Envision Programme. The Envision Programme is an interschool competition where students run a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for an allocated charity. As part of the , the students receive mentorship from a company to help them achieve their plans. On the 2 October students from Prendergast Ladywell School visited their mentors at White & Case Solicitors; It was an exciting afternoon where the PLS Envision group were able to hold their planning meeting. This provided a unique opportunity to see into the firms prestigious office and give our students an insight into the various roles and opportunities available in the sector as well as design an excellent plan to boost their charity 'Food Cycle'. We wish them every success in their endeavour and we are sure we will continue to see great things come from this group.

African Music and Dance Charity (September 2017)

On Tuesday 19 September Alanouwaly, a Catford based African Music and Dance Charity, came into PLS to deliver a series of African drumming workshops to three of our Year 7 music groups. The workshops focussed on the techniques of African polyrhythmic drumming and playing drums such as the djembe and also African singing. Students were taught a traditional African song and played whilst singing and some students had the opportunity to explore the principles of improvisation and to take their own improvised solo.  During period 3, the drum tutors selected the 30 students from the three classes who had impressed them most, they were selected to take part in a performance to a large audience during period 4; the students dressed in traditional African dress for the performance. A good time was had by the students, the tutors and the audience. Alanouwaly run events for young people throughout the year in Catford as well as events for the whole family, please check their website if you are interested in being involved.

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Bolshoi Ballet - London Palladium (September 2017)

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On Monday 18 September a group of our Year 11 students had the pleasure of been invited to the London Palladium to experience the world famous Bolshoi Ballet, they are an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russian Federation. We saw them perform a selection of famous Ballet performances on the theme of Romance; the music and dance was of the very highest standard. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it is an event we hope to continue to take part in in the future.



Visit from Vicky Foxcroft, MP (September 2017)

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On Friday 15 September, we were delighted that MP for Lewisham and Deptford, Vicky Foxcroft chose to visit PLS. Vicky met with Mr Hand, had a tour of the School and met with some of our students, who grilled her about issues such as Brexit, Student tuition fees, funding cuts to education and crime in Lewisham. Vicky added the following; 

The school had a really good feel, the students were great and very interesting. After meeting with a group of students and questioning me, their feedback about PLS was the teachers are great, they help and support if we are struggling, they care and we all have someone to go to”.

We thank Vicky for her visit and hope to host her again soon!


Year 7 Reward Trip (July 2017)

On Monday 10 July 2017, a group of Year 7 students enjoyed a bowling trip to Lewisham as a reward for 100% attendance, punctuality and  excellent attitude to learning. Ms Fionda, Year 7 Leader, led a team of staff and students on a fun filled excursion to highlight the students achievements and hard work as members of the Prendergast Ladywell School community. 

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Please click here to view our video: Year 7 Reward Trip

Creative Technology Faculty Art Show (July 2017)

Creative Technology Faculty showcased students' work across Art and Design Technology.

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Trip to Westminster Kingsway College - Big Bang (July 2017)

Y10 students visited Westminster Kingsway College to develop STEM awareness for students and to identify potential projects to be implemented in School.

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Sixth Form Product Design (July 2017)

On 5 July Ms Russell De Boer from Prendergast School brought some of the Year 12 Product Design class to Ladywell for a taster lesson with Year 10 students. The students designed a postcard holder, testing their designs and also developing advanced rendering skills with markers. All students enjoyed the activities with several showing interest of continuing their design studies further within the Federation.

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Prendergast Ladywell School “Summer of Reading” Awards (June 2017)

Prendergast Ladywell School hosted our annual reading awards on Thursday 29 June.  Our in-house reading scheme, “Rocket Readers” celebrates the reading achievements of Years 7 and 8.

This year 50 students received trophies for having read between 10 and 50 books. Highest achieving readers also won a place on the Rocket Readers’ trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

After photos on the red carpet, students were treated to a buffet and entertained by our PLS choir singing summer themed songs. The awards were presented by teachers and guest speakers. These included, Leo Hunt, author of 13 Days of Midnight, Taran Matharu whose debut novel “The Novice” was a New York Times bestseller and Sarah Mussi who is not only a successful novelist, but also a teacher here at Prendergast Ladywell.

Students spoke about their love of reading and their favourite books and authors. It was a brilliant evening celebrating the fact that in our technology-bound, social media-driven society there is still room for young people to escape into other dimensions through the written word.

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Lord Mayor’s Presentation of Music (June 2017)

Lord Mayor Music PerformersOn Thursday 8 June PLS attended the Lord Mayor’s Presentation of Music. Our choir gave a fantastic performance, assisted by Mr Clyde and Mr McLean. It was really good to see the different styles of music, Prendergast Vale School had a huge gospel choir and Prendergast School had very talented musicians playing a more classical style of music, there were also really good singer/songwriters. It was a really good event and showcased talent across the Federation.


Y9 Trip to Goldsmiths University (May 2017)

Y9 students whom have chosen GCSE Sociology were invited to Goldsmiths University to attend a 'Time Bridge' event by the Sociology Department. The students were immersed in the social history of Lewisham, looking at the events that occurred in 1977 with the 'Battle of Lewisham' and the 1981 'New Cross Massacre', and the subsequent social impact these events had in shaping the community in which we now live. 

Students were given a talk by Professor Les Back, the Head of the Sociology Faculty on the events and social climate of the time, followed by workshops led by current undergraduate students. Professor Back then led he students on a tour of the historically significant locations, such as 439 New Cross Road (where the fire was set) and Achillies Street, where the local community clashed with and prevented the National Front from marching in 1977. 

The day finished with questions to a panel made up of family members of the victims, and social activists at the time who organised the march to Downing Street. 

The students had a great time, and acquitted themselves brilliantly - the University staff were impressed with their social awareness and their interest to learn about contemporary issues. We have been asked to be involved in more activities with Sociology at Goldsmiths because of their brilliance - Well Done! 

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Jack Petchey SpeakOut Regional Final (May 2017)

Prendergast Ladywell School were proud to host the Jack Petchey SpeakOut Regional final on Thursday 11 May, this was to be our second time hosting the event in eight years. This competition brings together students from across the Lewisham Borough to compete in a public speaking event. All competitors spoke eloquently and with passion, engaging the audience and the judges on topics that matter to young people today. The two students representing the school, Mmeso Emmanuel- Ekwegbalu and Deborah Ansa spoke from their hearts about things that mattered to them. The event was well attended by parents, guardians, teachers and friends of the students competing along with the Mayor of Lewisham and other distinguished guests which made for an electric atmosphere and lots of support for our young speakers. Two of our performers, Dena Wilson and Lucia Fofane, sang beautifully and really entertained the audience.

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Lewisham Book Awards (April 2017)

On Tuesday 25 April, 10 students from Prendergast Ladywell School participated in the Lewisham Book Awards 2017.

It was an exciting opportunity for our students to meet and work with other secondary school students in the Borough, who read the same books in preparation for the event. Students were placed in mixed-school teams of 6 and prepared presentations to pitch to a team of “dragons”. The “Dragons Den” style competition was interesting and varied, with students demonstrating their best persuasive sales pitch to convince the dragons to invest in their book. They were put through their paces as  the “dragons” drilled them on age rating, special discounts, what makes their book unique and why they should invest in them.

Team B featured our very own Rozolia and Aleesha, year 7 and 8 …… who were very worthy second runners up.

The books featured in this year’s Lewisham Book Awards were, How to Fly with Broken Wings, A Seven Letter Word, Burning Midnight, George and The Door that Led to where.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (April 2017)

Three actors from Ginificent Productions visited PLS to perform an adaptation of the Novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson to Year 11 students to assist with their GCSE preparation. It was a good performance and close to the original text providing an insight to the context in the post-performance Q&As.

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Improved Attendance Reward Trip (March 2017)

A number of students with most improved attendance had a fun afternoon on Thursday 30 March at Lewisham Bowling Alley.

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Year 7 students attended London School of Economics (March 2017)

Mr Denny (Science Teacher/More Able Coordinator) organised an inspiring trip for the More Able Cohort of students in Year 7. Students attended the London School of Economics.  Students got the opportunity to learn about the university, to have a question and answer session with undergraduates, they even experienced their own graduation ceremony. An aspiring and motivational day for students.


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UK Maths Team Challenge, Regional Final (March 2017)

On Monday 20 March, Year 8/9 students attended the regional final of UK Maths Team Challenge. PLS students did very well in the competition.

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Trip to The Leathersellers' Livery Hall (March 2017)

All Y7 students within the Federation were invited to visit the spectacular, newly completed Livery Hall (which stands exactly where the second Hall, the former Benedictine Priory of St. Helen, was located up until 1799) to learn about The Leathersellers, our Governors, who have been supporting education since the 17th Century.

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To view our video, please click Year 7 visit to The Leathersellers' Livery Hall

Katherine Woodfine, Author visit (March 2017)

Author Katherine Woodfine visited Prendergast Ladywell School. She shared her inspiration  for writing The Sinclair’s Mysteries, particularly her latest novel, The Painted Dragon. Katherine treated students to a masterclass on solving mysteries. Students were captivated with her amazing presentation and got involved to solve the mystery of the missing painting. Katherine’s prompts, codes and clues kept students on their toes until the mystery was solved.   

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speakers4schools programme (March 2017)

As part of the speakers4schools programme, British Journalist and BBC Presenter Justin Webb visited PLS and spoke with Y10 students focusing on:

  • his career and experience – how he became a Journalist
  • his experience of working in the media, particularly radio and TV
  • the importance of effective communication – written and spoken – with consideration of audience
  • his time in the US, including questions about his reporting of the Obama years and the Trump presidency.

Justin Webb made a big impression with the students who enjoyed the experience, many were considering a career in Journalism because it sounded so exciting and varied. We are confident that he brought new directions and impetus to many.

            “Niall it was a real pleasure and I thought the kids were brilliant – bright and funny and full of questions.  Did you all a great credit.  The Inspectors should note!     Stay in touch” Justin Webb.

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World Book Day

On Thursday 2 March World Book Day came alive at Prendergast Ladywell School. Some members of staff came dressed as their favourite book character. The English Faculty depicted characters from Macbeth, a play they are currently studying. Students were entertained as they guessed which characters staff imitated. They were also delighted with the opportunity to vote for the best costume. The highlight of the day was the “Read Off”, an oral reading competition entered by both students and staff. Participants were given random reading material to read in their best reading voices. Judges awarded top marks for clarity, voice emphasis, accuracy and fluency. Rio-shanti, Year 8, was this year crowned Read Off winner. There were random “drop everything and read” moments throughout the day which promoted whole school reading for everyone present. 

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Jack Petchey Achievement Award (March 2017)

Well done to Woody (Y8), Esat (Y9), Dante (Y10) and Mariama (Y11),  who were the recipients of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award.

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Twickenham Open Training

On Friday 17 February Mr McManus, Head of PE, took a group of students from the Year 8/9 rugby team to Twickenham Stadium to watch the England Men’s team in an open training session. None of the students had been there before so were all very excited about the opportunity. They had photos with Mascots and statues before taking their seats and watching the England team in action. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the day and we all learned a lot.

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Cathy Cassidy, Author visit (February 2017)

Cathy Cassidy visited our school on 2 February 2017. She talked to Year 7 & 8 girls about her latest new book, Broken Heart Club and supplied them with inspiration for their own reading and writing.  Cathy Cassidy is one of the UK's top selling children's authors and has twice won the prestigious “Queen of Teen” Award.  

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Experiment Roadshow in the Science Department (February 2017)

These activities are designed to raise young people’s aspirations and increase their awareness of a range of educational and career opportunities in medicine and healthcare. The Roadshow gave students a chance to try their hands at being radiographers and physiotherapists.

The Show gave the Year 8 and 9 students, who took part, an insight into studying healthcare subjects at university.

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Visit to Science Museum (February 2017)

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The students had the chance to use the amazing collection of the Science Museum as inspiration to reconstruct a simplified vintage style radio set to hear a radio transmission.

The session explored how the electromagnetic spectrum relates to broadcast technology, how radio waves carry information and how these are transformed into the sounds we hear.

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Visit to Bletchley Park Mansion (January 2017)

Y7/8/9/10 had an enjoyable visit to Bletchley Park Mansion. The aim is to raise profile of MAC students, link maths with History/real life examples.

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Y7 Chinese New Year Assembly

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EAL Students visiting Young City Poets Project at the Barbican (January 2017)

Young City Poets Project aims to use cultural stimuli to inspire students' writing by using poetry and cultural stimulus to help improve writing standards, and a free visit/student workshop at one of the partner institutions, as well as poetry resources for use in the KS2/KS3 classroom.


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See our Prendergast Ladywell School Young City Poets presentation


EDF STEM Challenge (January 2017) 

Y8 and Y9 students spent a fantastic morning viewing EDF Energy’s new virtual reality 360 film.  Students also made the most of the opportunity to speak to STEM ambassadors, featured in the film, about their inspiring careers and what motivates them to succeed


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Ladywell students participating in EDF Challenge (November 2016) 

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See our Image Gallery for more photos.

Reptiles in School! (May 2016)

On the afternoon of Thursday 19 May, our Science Club and our Primary School After School Club joined forces for The Reptile Show. The Primary School kindly hosted the event for us and, as you can see by the photos, a fabulous time was had by all.

Surprisingly, the creepy crawlies didn’t seem to scare the kids at all…they were all extremely brave! It was great to see the interaction between the two groups with our students setting a very good example for the School. Well done!

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See our Reptile Photo Gallery for more.

Bank of England Museum Trip (May 2016)

This trip was a great opportunity for Year 8-10s to see how the economy is influenced by the Bank of England and how the value of Pound Stirling is linked to Gold.

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For more images, see our Gallery.

The Year 8/9 Maths Team Challenge at Trinity School (March 2016)

Ladywell School’s participants of the 2016 UKMT Maths Challenge, held at Trinity College in March - please see our Gallery for a slice of the action!

PLS trip to the Shard (January 2016)

Mr Evans led a very successful school trip to the Shard in January 2016.

Thanks to all involved for representing the School so well.

Our video shows some of the highlights.