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The Prebendal is as old as the cathedral (1100s), and was founded as its song school, with its first head listed simply as John. To be in these buildings is to feel centuries peeling back around you. One pupil told us how wonderful it feels to play cricket on their pitch next to the cathedral - it is the backdrop to their lives here, and gives great pleasure. The divine sound of the choristers comes at a cost: 23 hours of practice and services a week; like having a part time job on top of the full time job of school...

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The Prebendal School is a thriving day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3-13 in the heart of Chichester and next to Chichester Cathedral. Our Pre-Prep department caters for boys and girls aged three to seven in a new purpose-built building called Highleigh at the back of the site. Our new Science Laboratory opened in September 2016 and Mrs Salmond Smith became Head in September 2017. Visits to see the Head can be arranged by appointment with our Admissions Secretary. We look forward to seeing you. ...Read more

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Since 2017, Louise Salmond Smith BA (East Anglia), MMus (Hull), PGCE (Gloucestershire), Keele (MBA). Previously head of junior school at Tormead School in Guildford and the school's first female head. Plain-talking, feisty and a virtuoso on the recorder. Has introduced hot chocolate at Bill’s as the termly treat for pupils with the most pluses, this replacing a book token; her parish is wholly convinced by the wisdom of this move, and all aspire to join her.

Pupils say she’s ‘really nice’ and that they see a lot more of her (than the last head): ‘She’s a lot friendlier.’ The children seem to appreciate that they don’t have to leap to attention when they see her around the place; a small child, post music lesson, saw the head with relief and...

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