Reception Class Admissions

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due for entry to the Reception Class in September 2024. 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 in September and October for entry to our Reception class. 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.

However, please note that we have an intake of 30 students and our catchment area is very small. For academic year 2023-24, the furthest distance place we offered on National Offer Day was 395.89m from the school.

National Offer day is Tuesday 16 April 2024.


For more information on Primary appeals 2023, please click here.

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 Vale School.  


How to apply

To apply direct to Prendergast Vale School for an in-year place, you will need to complete our online in-year application form and send to admissions@prendergast-vale:

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 Vale 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.

  • Our Admissions Policies can be found on the link below.


Waiting lists

Waiting lists are held in the same order as the admission oversubscription criteria. Prendergast Vale School operates its own in-year admissions and waiting lists for all year groups, with the exception of in-year admissions to Reception and Year 7 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.


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 8297 3540 (school hours only)

Admissions Policies

Our Admissions Policies are available to view here.

Useful Links

London Borough of Lewisham - School Admissions