Chichester: best-rated primary and secondary schools

Families have plenty of good local schools to choose from in Chichester
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The scarlet blazers of the pupils at the private prep school, the Prebendal School (co-ed, day and boarding, ages two to 13) in West Street are a familiar sight in the centre of town. The school which was founded at the end of the 15th century is also the cathedral choir school.

Nor is it hard to find a good state primary school in Chichester; the following are judged “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted: St Richard’s RC in Cawley Road in the town centre; Rumboldswhyke CofE in Rumbolds Close (ages five to eight), south east of the town centre; and Jessie Younghusband in Woodlands Lane north of the town centre.

The best state comprehensive school is Bishop Luffa CofE (ages 11 to 18) in Luffa Close, west of the town centre. Chichester College in Westgate Fields is the local further education college which has successfully attracted overseas students; it is judged “good” by Ofsted.

There are three nearby private prep schools: Oakwood (co-ed, ages two to 11) in Oakwood; Westbourne House (co-ed ages two to 13) in Coach Road Shopwyke and Great Ballad (co-ed, day and boarding, ages two to 13) in Eartham. Other private choices include Lavant (girls, ages three to 18) in West Lavant; Bedales (co-ed, day and boarding, ages eight to 13) in Steep, near Petersfield; Ditcham Park (co-ed, ages four to 16) also in Petersfield; Portsmouth Grammar (co-ed, ages two to 18) and Seaford College (co-ed, day and boarding, ages seven to 18) in Petworth.

The University of Chichester is in College Lane; it has a fine collection of mid-20th century paintings which are displayed in the Otter Gallery.

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