The Prebendal is to enter an exciting new chapter in its history with the appointment of its first female Head in nearly 900 years.
Louise Salmond Smith, who is currently Head of Junior School at Tormead School in Guildford, will take up her new post in September.
Mrs Salmond Smith has taught previously in a variety of schools in both the maintained and independent sectors and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Before Tormead, she was Director of Music and Head of Y5 and Y6 at Hall Grove School, Bagshot.
Mrs Salmond Smith will be taking over from the current Head Master, Tim Cannell, who is retiring after 12 successful years at The Prebendal. She says she is delighted to have been appointed: "The school has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally, and I will very much enjoy building on Tim Cannell's many achievements. A choir school falls in line so naturally with my own educational ethos, my passion for music, and my belief that if you have high expectations of children then they will take the opportunity to rise to them."
"However, The Prebendal is not just a choir school, it's an excellent school in its own right. When our pupils become young adults, they will find the world a much easier place in which to live if they have developed emotional resilience within the secure environment such as one at The Prebendal School. Children should not just be focusing on getting the answers right - they should be thinking up the questions, and then thinking up some more!"
Chair of Governors at The Prebendal School and Dean of Chichester Cathedral, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, said: "Mrs Salmond Smith comes to us with a proven record of successful teaching, and thoughtful and inspirational leadership. She has the vision and passion to enable our students to enjoy an outstanding education of the highest quality."
The Prebendal is the oldest school in Sussex and probably dates back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral. The school's first Head Master is listed simply as John in 1121.