Welcome from the Head

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 and most exquisite assembly spaces around!

Our small class sizes and superb pastoral care propagates academic rigour and confident, 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.

At 900 years old, we are proud of our place in history as the oldest school in Sussex, dating back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral itself in the 11th century. The Cathedral's world-class Choristers live and learn at The Prebendal. 

Our dedicated staff deliver a modern-day challenging curriculum, and our children leave Prebendal as motivated, self-assured individuals with a strong sense of integrity.

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 a tour.

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 Prep 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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