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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 2022, Alison Napier, previously head of the pre-prep. Educated in Scotland, with a degree from the University of Glasgow and experience of opening a project-based school in the US. In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons, equestrianism and travelling.


Non-selective. Testing for bench marking and setting purposes. Taster day for prospective pupils. Auditions for choristers, boys only.

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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