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  • Prendergast School
    Adelaide Avenue
    Brockley
    London
    SE4 1LE
  • Head: Ms Paula Ledger
  • T 020 8690 3710
  • F 020 8690 3155
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.prendergast-school.com
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lewisham
  • Pupils: 827; sixth formers: 218 (106 boys)
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th November 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 6th March 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school embodies a calm pride in itself. One parent said her daughter had told her after a recent prize giving, ‘I’ll always be a Prendergast girl.’ We drew a strong sense of confidence from among pupils. They believe they are lucky to be in a school that is high achieving – the concept of ‘excellence’ and ‘outstanding’ are very real to them. The school has exceptional success at getting pupils to art schools...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2016, Paula Ledger. Read history at Goldsmiths, masters at Kings’ College and spent time early in her career briefly in the independent sector and in Japan, before moving into maintained schools, becoming latterly deputy head of one of the Harris academies. Very approachable, and manages to communicate that she is quietly confident.

Having inherited a school which won ‘outstanding’ in every category in its most recent Ofsted Inspection (that was in 2013), Ms Ledger might be seen as having an easy ride, but she is calmly ambitious for the school. She has a big passion for girls’ education in general, and for raising their numeracy in particular – ‘hating maths has been such a feature of so many girls’ memories of school for so many years,’ she says. ‘I...

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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