Head's Welcome

A warm welcome to The Prebendal School.

Our school offers an extensive array of first-class qualities that sets it apart from the rest. 

The Prebendal is in the middle of a beautiful and historic city and we are able to enrich lessons with trips and visits that are literally on our doorstep. Our unique link with Chichester Cathedral means our pupils have unrivalled performing opportunities and one of the grandest assembly spaces around!

Our small class sizes and personal development programme allow for academic rigour and create ambitious children who always aim high, while our wraparound care from Breakfast Club, after school care and Supper Club to our flexi boarding options and themed boarding nights provides the perfect solution for busy family lives.

We are proud of our place in history as the oldest school in Sussex, probably dating back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral itself in the 11th century, and the Cathedral's world-class Choristers live and learn at The Prebendal.

Coupled with our historic roots, our dedicated staff deliver a modern-day challenging curriculum and our children are confident without being arrogant. Opportunities beyond the classroom are endless and our official status as a Beach School means our younger children embrace outdoor learning. Competitive sport for all is also a vital part of our packed timetable.

The Prebendal is a way of life – where families come together, where the sound of music can be heard throughout the School from dawn until dusk, and where opportunities to think beyond what is expected is the norm. We think ‘outside the box’ and encourage our children to believe in themselves. 

Do read my latest Blog, follow my Twitter feed and, most importantly, come to see us in action. To book a tour of the School, please get in touch with my Admissions Secretary, Lesa Burchell, at or call her directly on 01243 520970. For a more informal visit, you are more than welcome at our weekly assembly in Chichester Cathedral at 8:45am every Thursday during term-time.

Tim Cannell
Head Master

Mr Tim Cannell

Mr Cannell has been the Head Master of The Prebendal School since 2005. He studied Comparative Religion & Theology at King Alfred's College, Winchester.

He was Head of an international school in Papua New Guinea before moving into the independent sector. He is also a team inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

He is a member of IAPS and the CSA

"A friendly, approachable man who knows his school, pupils (and probably parents) very well and has thought carefully about how to achieve the best educational balance for both Choristers and other students…"
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