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.

There is no doubt that we find ourselves in challenging times, with the nation on lockdown and many pupils learning at home with their families. At The Prebendal, we have embraced online learning and have been delighted to receive such positive feedback from parents and pupils. By using Tapestry in the Pre-Prep, and Microsoft Teams for Years 3-8, we have managed to maintain the high standard of learning that is associated with The Prebendal. Our pupils are fortunate to have dedicated and skilful teachers who have worked so hard to maintain continuity of provision for our pupils.

From 1st June we were delighted to see the return of pupils in Pelicans, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. From 22nd June we look forward to seeing Years 2-5 join them, and from 29th June our school will be complete once again with a likely return of Years 7 and 8.

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 commonplace. We think ‘outside the box’ and encourage our children to believe in themselves. 

Do read all about us and, if you feel your son or daughter would be able to make the most of what we have to offer, do email me directly to arrange to meet with me via Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. I very much hope that we can then meet in person in the near future.

Louise Salmond Smith

Mrs Louise Salmond Smith

Louise Salmond Smith took up the headship at The Prebendal School in September 2017. She is a keen photographer, loves to travel with her two adult daughters and go on long walks with her dogs. 

Previously, Mrs Salmond Smith was Head of Junior School at Tormead School in Guildford and Director of Music and Head of Years 5 & 6 at Hall Grove School, Bagshot. She is a member of IAPS and the CSA. You can read more in the profile piece from The Independent Schools Magazine.

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