Welcome to new and prospective families

This is an extremely exciting time to join Prendergast Primary. We opened in September 2014 and now have a full cohort of children up 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 2019 Ofsted inspection praising our outstanding Early Years provision for its ‘resourceful, rich environment inside and outside the classroom which inspires pupils to be creative in their play and learning.’ 

Being part of Prendergast Ladywell 'through-school', all of our Year 6 pupils automatically receive a place in Year 7 in our co-educational secondary phase. The Leathersellers' Federation of schools also offer Sixth Form provision at Prendergast School at Hilly Fields. We are therefore fortunate to be able to follow our pupils' journeys from young child to young adult.

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 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. We are an Arts Award Centre and have two trained Arts Award Advisors on our staff, who facilitate our pupils' involvement in Arts Award. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents; it's creative, valuable and accessible.

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.

 If you have any questions before you make your final school choices, please contact me at All applications should be made via the Lewisham Admissions Webpage

Best Wishes

Vivien Nicholls

Head of School

Reception Class Admissions

Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 are due for entry to the Reception Class in September 2023. You must apply for a place through the local authority of the area in which you live (this may not necessarily be the same local authority as the school if you do not live in Lewisham).   

The school will hold Open Mornings between September and December for entry to our Reception class.  Please contact the School Office to book onto a tour. If you are unable to attend one of our Open Events, we will arrange for a member of the team to give you a personal tour of the school. You will be able to visit the Reception class, see the work currently being studied by our Reception children and speak with the Reception teachers.

Please note that we have an intake of 60 students and our catchment area is very small. For academic year 2022-23, the furthest distance place we offered on National Offer Day was 271.27m from the school.

National Offer day is Monday 17 April 2023. 



For more information on Primary appeals 2022, please click here.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists are held in the same order as the admission oversubscription criteria. Prendergast Primary School operates its own In-Year Admissions and waiting lists for all year groups, with the exception of In-Year Admissions to Reception between September - December each year. Waiting lists for these years groups are held by Lewisham Admissions Team for the Autumn term only. 

If your circumstances change, such as a change of address, or some other relevant change to your situation, please submit a new application with this new information, and provide supporting documents.

Please re-submit your application via email or contact the school via the details below.

The school participates in Lewisham Local Authority’s In-Year Fair Access Protocol and children may be prioritised over those children on the waiting list for admission under this protocol.

In-Year Admissions 

In-Year Admissions

If you are moving into the area or are interested in joining our school at any point other than the usual admission point into Reception, you will need to apply direct to Prendergast Primary School.  

How to apply

To apply direct to Prendergast Primary School for an In-Year Place, you will need to complete our online In-Year Application Form and send to

Please click here to download our In-Year Application Form.

Online applications are preferred. A paper copy of the form is available on request. Paper application forms must be returned to Prendergast Primary School, as outlined in the form.


Admission criteria

The admission criteria for In-Year Admissions are the same oversubscription criteria as published in our Determined Admissions Policy each year.

Please click here for our Determined-Admissions-Policy-2021-22-PLS-FINAL.pdf

Please click here for our Determined-Admissions-Policy-2022-23-PLS-FINAL.pdf

Please click here for our Determined-Admissions-Policy-2024-25-PLS-FINAL.pdf


Contact Admissions

Please email our Admissions team:
(Emails are monitored during term time only when the school is open.)

Or call the school via telephone number: 020 8613 7490 (school hours only)


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