Type of School: Independent, GPS, secular, day school for boys - Secondary School at College Street, Sydney (1,100 pupils); Edgecliff Preparatory (300 pupils); St. Ives Preparatory (430 pupils). It offers a broad, liberal, pre-vocational education with an academic focus. Entry is based on performance in an entrance test and attendance at an interview.
2007 Fees: $13,023 - $17,361(Kindergarten - Year 6); $20,826 (Years 7-12).
Intake Years: Kindergarten (St. Ives); Transition, Year 3, Year 5 (St. Ives and Edgecliff); Year 7 (College Street). Vacancies in other Years may occur from time to time.
Scholarships and Exam Dates: Up to 20 full academic scholarships are offered each year for entry into Year 7; 2 music scholarships remit 50% of the fees. Scholarship testing (by ACER) usually occurs early in May of the preceding year. Entrance assessments for fee-paying pupils also usually take place in May.
Special Programs: Pastoral care is offered through a tutorial system and a Peer Support programme; there are camps for all boys in Years 3-6, 7 and 10; there are fundraising activities for charity; all boys participate in a community service programme.
Co-Curricular Activities: Sport is compulsory from Year 3 to mid-Year 11. Grammar has enjoyed considerable success in sport in recent years; the School’s music programme is recognised as one of the best in the country; impressive dramatic productions are directed by staff, boys or NIDA Fellows; the School enjoys regular success in debating, public speaking and chess; there are over 30 societies and clubs; there are regular visiting scholars, artists and writers-in-residence.
Open Days and Tours: Main School: usually in March and September. The next College Street Open Day is on Thursday, 30 August at 12.30pm. The Master of the Lower School is always happy to seeprospective parents, by appointment, at any time. Open Days are held at the two Prep Schools early in May.
General Comments: One of the oldest schools in the country, Grammar draws boys from all over Sydney. It is known for the quality of its teaching and for its strong academic results. It is also increasingly known for the strength and breadth of extra-curricular opportunities offered by the School. The School aims to produce well-rounded young men by offering a solid intellectual, moral and physical formation in order to prepare them for the specialised vocational training they will receive later in life.