How To Join & Fees

Children can join The Prebendal School in any year group, depending on availability, and the earliest a child can start is the term in which they turn three years old, in our Nursery.

Your first point of contact is our Admissions Secretary, Lesa Burchell. Please email or contact her directly on 01243 520970. Once contact has been made, the next step is to come and visit our school. This can be with or without your child/children. You will, of course, meet the Head then as well.

Lesa Burchell

Admissions Secretary
Lesa Burchell

After the initial visit, there is the Taster Day where your child spends a day with the pupils in his or her current year group. This is designed to give your child the opportunity to get to know their peers, teaching staff and to familiarise themselves with the School. You can choose a day that is suitable and you will be given full details of what to expect on the day including timings, where to go, what to bring, lunch etc.

If your child has a particular interest, the Taster Day can be arranged on a day when this activity takes place. If you are considering boarding, we suggest two days as this allows your child to get a flavour of our boarding routine.

Children spending a Taster Day in Nursery to Year 2 will be informally assessed while pupils in Year 3 and above may, in addition to informal testing, undertake some assessments in English, Reading and Mathematics. No preparation is needed and these assessments will not take the form of a formal exam.

For young children, babies and toddlers who are not yet old enough to join The Prebendal, we run a Toddler Group on Wednesday mornings during term-time. This is a lovely introduction to the School and is attended by both Prebendal and external families. For more information about our Toddler Group which is called Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll, please click here.

You may also like to read our Good Schools Guide review by clicking on the logo below:



"The Prebendal has it all – small class sizes, wraparound care for busy families, a city location, musical excellence, unrivalled personal development, a fantastic link with Chichester Cathedral and a wealth of opportunities for every child so they feel supported, secure, happy and fulfilled." Current Parent

You can access and download all the Admissions information from our Document Zone below. You can also spread the cost of school fees by contacting School Fee Plan

Offer of a Place

The Head will write to you letting you know how your child got on at the Taster Day and if all has gone well, the offer of a place will be made.

All places offered are subject to a satisfactory report from the child’s current school. At this point, the Registration Form (found inside our prospectus) should be returned along with our Registration fee which is £100. A non-returnable deposit of £300 is also payable before a pupil joins us. This is held as a credit against the final fee account.

Chorister Admissions

The Prebendal has been the choir school of Chichester Cathedral for hundreds of years. The Choristers live and learn at the School and sing almost daily in the Cathedral, maintaining the tradition of choral services for which English cathedrals are famous throughout the world.

Auditions for the Chichester Cathedral Choir may take place at any time, by appointment, if there are vacancies and children seeking a Chorister place also undertake general entrance assessments in Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics.

Bursaries & Scholarships

We are delighted to be able to broaden access to the School by offering means-tested financial support to eligible families. These include:

  • Bursarial Awards (means-tested for children from Years 3-8)
  • Sibling Discount
  • Music Scholarships & Exhibitions
  • Academic Scholarships
  • Choral Scholarships
  • Year 7 Scholarships
  • Former Prebendalian Discount
  • Forces Families Discount

    Full details can be found in our Bursary & Scholarships Policy below.

Parking at The Prebendal

There are several options that Prebendal parents have available to them to make parking at the School easy. All cars should display a Prebendal School sticker to make use of these options. These are given to parents upon joining the School.

Morning Drop Off
Parking outside the School in the public parking bays (not the unauthorised bays) is free for Prebendal parents for 10 minutes. There is parking outside County Hall strictly from 8am until 8:30am and there is parking in the School playing fields car park from 8:05am until 8:35am.

Afternoon Pick Up
Parking outside the School in the public parking bays (not the unauthorised bays) is free for Prebendal parents for 10 minutes. There is parking by County Hall in the barrier car park from 4pm and there is parking in the School playing fields car park from 3:10pm until 4:30pm.

Parking for Matches, Concerts & Events
There is parking by County Hall in the barrier car park from 4pm, parking outside the School in the public parking bays is free from 5:30pm and the School playing fields car park is open for matches and special sporting events, such as Sports Day.


Page Downloads Date  
FAQs.pdf 24th Mar 2017 Download
Bursary & Scholarships Policy.pdf 24th Mar 2017 Download
Our Uniform.pdf 24th Mar 2017 Download
Stationery Requirements 20th Apr 2017 Download
Personal Accident Insurance Scheme.pdf 27th Apr 2017 Download
Pupil Fee Protection Refund Insurance.pd... 27th Apr 2017 Download
AD20 Prebendal School Fees 2019-20 22nd Mar 2019 Download

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