Admission Arrangements

Prendergast School 



Wednesday 13 September 


Open Morning 

Time: 9am – 10.40 am 

Head Teacher’s Presentations:  9.15 and 10.00 

There will be tours of the school 

Thursday 14 September 

Open Evening 

Time: 5.30pm -7.30pm 

Head Teacher’s Presentations: 5.45 and 6.30 

There will be tours of the school 

Wednesday 20 September 

Open Evening 

Time: 5.30pm -7.30pm 

Head Teacher’s Presentations5.45 and 6.30 

There will be tours of the school 

Friday 22 September  

Open Morning 

Time: 9am – 10.40 am 

Head Teacher’s Presentations:  9.15 and 10.00 

There will be tours of the school 

25 September 2017 


Closing date for music applications 


27 September 2017 

Aural Music Test invitations will be sent out via email 

Saturday 30 September  


Aural Music Test 

w/c 2  October 2017 

Emails will be sent advising all music applicants if they will/will not be invited to attend an audition 

w/c 9 October 2017

w/c 16 October 2017 


Music Auditions will take place at Prendergast 

31 October 2017 

Closing date Exceptional Social/Medical applications  

Closing date for Common Application Form 

1 March 2018 

National Offer Day 


In September 2018 the Governors will admit 120 girls to the school’s Year 7. 


The school participates in Lewisham’s co-ordinated admissions scheme. All applications should be made through the Local Authority of the applicant, using the appropriate co-ordinated admissions form or may be made online at:


Applicants who wish to be considered for one of the music places available will be required to sit a test to determine their aptitude. On the basis of the test results a shortlist will be established and, if short-listed, applicants will be required to attend an audition. Should they not be successful they will automatically be considered under any other relevant criteria 





The School offers 10% of the places available to applicants who show an aptitude in music.  In order to ensure equal opportunity for all, the school is unable to take into consideration certificates achieved or references. 

If you would like your child to be considered under this criterion, please complete a Music application, this application can be collected from the school during one of the Open Day sessions or is available on the website.  This should be completed by the school closing date 25 September 2017.

Applicants will be invited to sit a multiple choice aural test in music on Saturday 30 September 2017.

Applicants who achieve the score required will be offered a music audition which will be held w/c 9 October and w/c 16 October 2017.

If your daughter is applying under the music aptitude criterion at both Prendergast School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College she will take the music aural test at Prendergast School and the result achieved will be passed on to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College.

If your daughter is successful in gaining an audition for both establishments she will be expected to attend auditions at both.

It is our aim to advise parents of the outcome of their child’s music audition before the secondary transfer closing date of 31 October 2017. This will enable parents to make an informed decision as to whether they want to apply for a place at the school.  

Musical Aptitude Test 

The musical aural test is played on a CD and is a multiple choice paper consisting of 60 questions which will be divided into six sections covering the following areas:

Pitch: For these questions candidates listen to 2 sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower.  There are 10 of these questions.  

Melody: For these questions candidates will hear a MELODY made up of a series of notes. They will then hear a second melody and need to decide if this melody is the same as the first melody or if it has changed.  If they think it has changed they will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number.  There are 10 questions.

Instruments: For these questions candidates hear a short melody played, they then hear a second melody played and will have to mark if the second melody is played on the same instrument as the first melody, or if it is a different instrument. There are 10 questions.

Texture: Candidates will hear a group of notes played together at the same time.  They will need to identify how many different notes are being played – 2,3 or 4.  There are 10 questions in this section.

Tempo: For these questions candidates will hear a short melody.  They will need to decide whether the second playing of the melody is at the same tempo as the first or whether it is played faster or slower. There are 10 questions.

Rhythm: Candidates will hear a short RHYTHM played.  After a pause they will hear a second rhythm played and will have to decide if the second rhythm played is the same as the first, or if it is a different rhythm.  This section has 10 questions.

No previous knowledge of music or music theory is required by the applicant as the test is based entirely on response to an aural test.

Musical Audition 

Approximately 60 of the highest scoring applicants will be invited back to perform either on their chosen instrument or vocally and there is a totally free choice of piece. Their aptitude is gauged from these performances. The auditions will be heard by the Head of the Music Department and one of her colleagues.



Parents and children who intend applying for a place are invited to attend at least one of the Open Day sessions held in September. A tour of the school will be available, together with the opportunity of meeting the teaching staff and there will be an address by the Head Teacher in the school hall. It is on these occasions that the school’s prospectus and current examination results will be available. 

Additional Information Sheets for music applicants and applicants seeking consideration under the social or medical criterion should apply via the school web site. Application forms will be available from 13 September 2017. For parents who do not have computer access a paper copy can be collected at any one of the open day sessions in September. Additional Information Sheets for music applications should be submitted via the website or returned directly to the school by 25 September 2017. Applications for social or medical places should be submitted via the website or returned directly to the school by 31 October 2017Supporting documentation is required for Social/Medical applications. 


Admission Criteria 


The admission number of girls to Year 7 is 120. If there are more applications than there are places available (over subscription), the Governors will have regard to the criteria listed below which will be applied in priority order.


  • Girls in Public Care as defined by Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989. This includes girls who are in care to a local authority in England or Wales or who are provided with accommodation by that authority as well as girls who were in care to a local authority in England or Wales, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.) 
  • 10% of the intake will be selected on the basis of aptitude for music as judged by their test result and audition. 
  • In exceptional cases, applicants with social and/or medical need will take priority over other applicants in 4,5 and 6 below. Consideration will only be given if the school has received supporting evidence from an appropriate professional (hospital consultant, social worker or similar professional), setting out why Prendergast School is the only school to meet the needs of the child or the specific needs of her family. The admission decision will be considered by the Governors’ Admission Committee. 
  • A sibling1 on roll at the time of admission in September 2017. 

For those places available after the above four criteria have been applied the criteria set out below will be applied: 


  • The children of staff where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made. 
  • Home to school distance. All distances will be measured to nodal point in the school premises (North Door Park Site), using digitised mapping software of the area, from a nodal point in the applicant’s permanent home address. 
  • Waiting lists will be held in the same order as the admission criteria. 

1 Siblings include all blood siblings, adoptive siblings, half-siblings, foster siblings of Looked After Children and step siblings.  All   siblings must live permanently at the same address as the qualifying sibling on roll. Proof of sibling relationship may be required. 





It is the responsibility of the applicant’s parent to contact the School if they do not receive the following documents by the date stated in the “Key Admission Process Date”. 


  • Invitation to attend the music aural test 
  • Email advising whether your daughter has been given an audition. 
  • The official School letter advising of an offer or decline 



Waiting lists will be held in the same order as the admission criteria.  The waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. If, at the end of the academic year parents wish their children to be considered for entry to the subsequent year group, they will be required to apply afresh. 


The School will participate in Lewisham LA’s In Year Fair Access Protocol and children may be prioritised over those children on the waiting list for admission under this protocol.  




Under the Schools Standard and Framework Act the Governing Board of the school has to make appeal arrangements for parents who wish to appeal against their daughter not receiving an offer of admission to the school. Find out more information about appeals 2018 here.





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