Admission arrangements for entry into Year 7 in September 2021

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, admissions and appeals arrangements may change at short notice. Arrangements are subject to government guidance and advice from Public Health England. Please re-visit this website regularly to check for new information.


These are the admission arrangements for entry into Year 7 in September 2021 to Prendergast School.

Music applications are now closed. This criterion only applies to secondary transfer round for a place in Year 7. The deadline for music applications was 4:00pm on 21 September 2020.

The closing date for all applications (via is 31 October.

Key Admission Process Dates (for entry in September 2021)

Date Event
1 September 2020 Applications open via
September 2020

Please check our Open Events webpage for details.

[Open Events are subject to government guidance. Please check our Open Events webpage for updated information]

Monday 21 September 2020, 4:00pm*

Closing date for music applications

[Music applications are closed. Arrangements are subject to government guidance and PHE advice. The process may change at short notice.]

By 25 September 2020*

Email invitations sent for Music Aural Assessment

Saturday 26 September 2020*

First Stage: Music Aural Assessment (test**)

If you apply to both Prendergast School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, your child will sit the music test at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College. You must still apply separately to Prendergast School by the closing date for music applications.

w/c 28 September 2020*

Emails sent advising all music applicants if they will/will not be invited to be assessed at Second Stage

w/c 5 October 2020 and w/c 12 October 2020*

Second Stage: Music Performance Assessment (audition**)

By end October 2020*

Music applicants will be informed of the outcome of their music assessment

31 October 2020

Closing date for submitting the Common Application Form for secondary transfer applications (via

Closing date for submitting supplementary forms for Exceptional Social-Medical applications.

1 March 2021 National Offer Day

*Due to the pandemic, arrangements for music assessment are subject to government guidance and advice from Public Health England. The process may change at short notice. Guidance at this link was first published on 21 August 2020: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term []. Please return to this webpage regularly to check for updates.

**In line with government guidance, if your child is self-isolating and for this reason is unable to attend the music test or audition at the given date, please inform the school immediately.

How to apply

This school participates in the pan-London Admissions Scheme. For applications in the normal admissions round you should use the online application form which can be found at

For those who do not reside in one of the London boroughs or surrounding county councils which participates in the pan-London Scheme an application should be made via the home local authority. You can use the online form to express your preference of a maximum of SIX state-funded schools, in rank order.

Applicants who wish to be considered for one of the music places available will be required to take an assessment to determine their aptitude. On the basis of the results of the First Stage of the assessment, a shortlist will be established and, if short-listed, applicants will be required to take part in the Second Stage. Should they not be successful they will automatically be considered for a place using any other relevant criteria.

Music applications are now closed. Applicants who wished to demonstrate their aptitude for Music were invited to complete the Additional (Supplementary) Information Form available online and submit it directly to the school to apply for a music place. The closing date for submitting a Music application direct to the school was by 4:00pm on 21 September 2020*.

Applicants who wish to apply for a discretionary place under under the criterion for exceptional Social and/or Medical need must submit the online Additional (Supplementary) Information Form directly to the school and provide supporting documentary evidence as described in the Social-Medical criterion. The closing date for submitting a Social-Medical application, including supporting evidence, is by 31 October 2020.

Use the school's Additional (Supplementary) Information Form for Social-Medical below to submit an application for consideration under the Social-Medical criteria.

You will receive the outcome of your application directly from your local authority.

Find out more about our Open Events

Parents and children who intend applying for a place are invited to participate in our Open Events held in September. Please visit our Open Events webpage for updated information. Arrangements are subject to government guidance and may change, due to the pandemic.

How to apply for a Musical Aptitude place

Prendergast School offers up to 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.

For your child to be considered under the Music criterion, please read about our Music Scholarships:

Applications for Musical Aptitude places had to be submitted direct to the school using the school's online form by the date and time shown in the above “Key Admission Process Dates”.

Additional (Supplementary) Information Forms for Social-Medical

The school's Additional (Supplementary) Information Form is available at the link below for Social-Medical applications:

Supporting evidence is described in the Social-Medical oversubscription criterion above and in our admissions policy. Relevant documents should submitted by 31 October 2020 via email to PS Admissions: 

If you would like your child to be considered under the Social-Medical criteria, we prefer an online application form. The form will be available on this website by the date of the first Open Event in September. If you are unable to complete an online application, paper application forms may be requested by post from the school by calling our Reception team from the date the school re-opens to students in September. Please do not visit the school as the safety measures in place for the pandemic mean we are unable to permit visitors on the premises.

Applications must reach the school by the relevant deadline. We recommend that you make an online application via our website. If you do need to request a paper application form, you must make sure you have allowed enough time for the school to post the form to you and for you to return the completed form by the deadline. There are no exceptions to the deadline for any reason to ensure that the process is fair to all.

Admission criteria

In September 2021 the Governors will admit 120 girls to Year 7 of Prendergast School.

Special Educational Needs (SEN): All children whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) names the school will be admitted before any other places are allocated.

If the school is not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place.

In the event that the school receives more applications than the number of places at the normal point of entry (Year 7), the Governors will apply the criteria listed below in priority order to determine which applicants qualify for a place:

  1. Girls in Public Care as defined by Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989. This includes children who are in care to a local authority in England or Wales or who are provided with accommodation by that authority as well as children who were in care, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Up to 10% of the intake will be selected on the basis of aptitude for music as judged by their assessment result and audition.

  3. Those with an exceptional social or medical need. There is discretion to admit children on the grounds of their or their family’s acute medical or social need for the school and who would not otherwise qualify for admission. Parents should submit supporting evidence (such as a letter from a hospital consultant, social worker or similar professional) of their child’s social or medical need before the closing date for applications.1 The admission decision will be considered by the Governors’ Admissions Committee on the evidence available at the time.

  4. A child whose sibling2 is on roll of the school in years 7-11 on the closing date for applications and is expected to be on roll at the intended date of admission.

  5. Children of staff at any Federation School where on the closing date for applications the member of staff has been employed by the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools for two or more years in a role that is at least 0.6 full time equivalent.

  6. Those who are permanently living nearest to the school. All distances will be calculated using digital mapping software as a straight line distance to a nodal point in the school premises (North Door Park Site) from a nodal point in the applicant’s permanent home address.3 The child’s home address will be considered to be where she normally and habitually resides and with a parent with parental responsibility. The applicant’s home local authority will be expected to verify a child’s permanent home address in accordance with its published pan-London coordinated admissions scheme.

1 Supporting evidence of exceptional social or medical need must be submitted before the closing date for applications.

2 Siblings include all blood 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 the sibling relationship may be required.

3 If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building, such as flats, we will give priority to the applicant whose door number is the lowest (numerically or alphabetically).

Important: Siblings who attend Prendergast Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13) do not qualify.

General information

It is the responsibility of the applicant’s parent/carer to contact Prendergast School if they do not receive correspondence by the dates stated in the “Key Admission Process Dates”.

  • Email invitation for the music aural assessment.
  • Emails during the music scholarship process.
  • The official school correspondence advising of an offer or decline.

It is the responsibility of the applicant’s parent/carer to submit documentary evidence in support of their application under exceptional Social or Medical need before the closing date for applications.

Note: The school does not usually arrange ad hoc tours at other times. No visitors are permitted on the premises during the pandemic.

Waiting list

Waiting lists will be held in the same order as the admission criteria. The secondary transfer waiting list for Year 7 will operate automatically until 31 December at the end of the calendar year of entry, in coordination with the Local Authority.

If, at the end of the calendar year, parents/carers wish their child/ward to be considered for in-year entry to Year 7 or any subsequent year group, they will be required to apply direct to Prendergast School from January. Please visit the school’s in-year admissions page for more information.

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.


If your child’s application for a place at the school is unsuccessful, you will be informed why admission was refused and given information about the process for submitting an appeal. 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 child not receiving an offer of admission to the school. Parents may appeal against the Governor’s decision. If you wish to appeal, you must set out the grounds for your appeal in writing and send it to the following address:

Appeal forms are available on request. Please phone our Reception.

You can find details of the school’s appeals timetable on the appeals page of the school website. This information is updated from 28 February each year.

**Appeals during the pandemic are subject to government guidance. Guidance at this link was first published on 21 August 2020: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term [].