Britain’s Got Talent finalist was head chorister at Chichester school

When Isaac Waddingtonwon the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year award
When Isaac Waddingtonwon the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year award

ISAAC Waddington, a former pupil of The Prebendal School in Chichester, has been ‘astounded’ at all the goodwill messages he’s been sent since performing on Britain’s Got Talent.

The 15 year old made it through to the final round of the competition yesterday (Thursday May 29) night, leaving judges hypnotised with his emotional rendition of George Michael’s “I can’t make you love me”.

Isaac was formerly head chorister at The Prebendal and won the BBC Young Chorister of the Year in 2012, the year he left the school.

At the start of the competition Head master, Tim Cannell, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Isaac and we are all really pleased for him.

“We wish him the very best of luck.”

The Prebendal School, West Street, has been educating children since the 15th century and it maintains a sense of history and tradition.

It is the oldest school in Sussex and probably dates back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral in the 11th century.

It was also one of the first schools to become co-educational in the 1970s.

It was re-founded in 1497 by Bishop Edward Story, who attached it to the Prebend of Highleigh in Chichester Cathedral and thus gave its present name.

The charming 13th century school house with its historic narrow tower still stands in West Street.

Long Dormitory, on the top floor contains 300 year old panelling and three adjoining 18th century houses have been added.

Over the years the School has added further extensions and also uses the East Wing of the Bishop’s Palace which is next door to the main school buildings.

It is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged three to 13.

Mr Cannell said on the school’s website: “Our children are part of a caring community where encouragement, sympathy and understanding are watch words.

“Our youngest pupils start in the Pre-Prep which gives the children an excellent introduction into school life in a small and caring community.

“As they progress through the School the classes remain small (an optimum of 16 pupils in a class).

“The children have many opportunities both within and outside of the classroom to grow in self-confidence and become confident learners.”

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