One of the longest established schools in the region, Newcastle Grammar School is the leading independent coeducational day school with over 800 students and staff from Pre-school to Year 12.

Our School has a proud and well-respected tradition of welcoming students from a wide variety of backgrounds, drawing students from around the Hunter Valley and across the globe.

The School combines the very best of academic standards, including music, sport and the arts, within a caring Christian community that recognises and celebrates the individual and the family. Staff and students are encouraged to pursue excellence in all that they do.

  • Head of School's Welcome

    Head of School's Welcome

    Welcome to Newcastle Grammar School. Newcastle Grammar School is committed to preparing young men and women, through a holistic education, to lead lives of purpose and success.

    For over 100 years, Newcastle Grammar School has been the educational leader in the Hunter Region. We are committed to ensuring that our students are supported, nurtured and valued as individuals. The development of your son's or daughter’s individual potential, self-belief, resilience and independence is very important to us. The strong academic programme, caring pastoral system and diverse co-curricular offerings, allow each child to explore their potential. Our well resourced two campus structure – the Park Campus for Pre-school and Years K-4; and the Hill Campus Years 5-12, enable positive learning and experiences.

    We enjoy a relationship with the Anglican Church in Newcastle and students are able to explore their own spirituality as they grow into young adults. The local, national and international social justice initiatives encourage students to think widely about others and lead lives of purpose.

    Newcastle Grammar School is a dynamic environment, committed to the provision of quality education. If you are interested in finding out more about the School, please contact the School on 4929 5811 to speak to our Enrolments Officer or make an appointment for a guided tour.

    Mrs Erica Thomas - Head of School

    • Quality Education For All Ages

      Newcastle Grammar School enrols boys and girls from Pre-school through to Higher School Certificate level.

      With a Two Campus Focus – Park Campus (Pre-school to Year 4) and Hill Campus (Years 5-12) all the children in the family are able to be educated at the one school.

      Modern facilities have been purpose built to cater for the special needs of all sections of the School. The School's campuses give the best possible opportunities for all students.

      With excellent results in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits as well as consistent performances well above the State average in all external examinations and competitions, Newcastle Grammar School has an enviable record of achievement. Classes are structured to allow each student to work towards realising his or her potential in a supportive atmosphere conducive to achievement.

      • Park Campus (Pre-school)

        The Pre-school caters for children in the year before Kindergarten.

        Our hand-picked, caring and qualified staff work in a safe, fun and challenging environment. They allow children to explore, experiment, create, discover and interact, developing the skills recognised as the foundations for a balanced life. The flexible programmes promote self-discovery and spontaneous learning in a happy and secure way.

        Visits to specialist teachers in the Music Room and the Library at Park Campus as well as visits to Kindergarten help in the transition to school.

        > Book a Campus Tour

        • Park Campus (Kindergarten - Year 4)

          Students from Kindergarten to Year 4 are taught in an environment that is warm, friendly and supportive. The Park Campus allows the students to feel secure in their early years of primary education.

          The School provides the structure and discipline required for young children to develop both socially and academically. Although the curriculum provides a broad based introduction to the adventure of education, the emphasis is on the traditional areas of literacy and numeracy. Students work in ability groups in several areas of the curriculum.

          Specialist teachers work in the areas of music, PD/H/PE, library, support education and languages other than English. A varied programme of excursions and camps provides opportunities for the children to experience at first hand the subjects studied.

          ICT (Information Communication Technology) specialist lessons are also taught at Park Campus with each class K-4 having a set of iPads which are integrated across Key Learning Areas to support learning.

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          • Hill Campus (Year 5 - 8)

            On Hill Campus, Years 5-8 make up the middle years of schooling which is a discrete learning environment set up to cater specifically for young adolescents (between the ages of 10 and 15) and created to allow a gradual, seamless transition from Junior to Senior School.

            Students have a Home Base with one person as their key carer. Although students have specialist teachers, the number of teachers a student has to encounter in these formative years is reduced significantly from traditional Secondary School settings.

            In Years 5 to 8, our aim is that students' learning is more meaningful and they become more connected students who are able to achieve and excel. Students are encouraged to become aware of and strengthen their preferred learning styles and take advantage of the array of opportunities on offer at our School.

            > Book a Campus Tour

            • Hill Campus (Years 9 - 12)

              The Senior School, Years 9 to 12 is located at the Hill Campus.

              The School curriculum meets all Board of Studies requirements. The Years 9 & 10 Curriculum and Years 11 & 12 Curriculum are designed to develop the academic potential of each student, with the pursuit of excellence being the underlying objective.

              The Years 9 to 12 students are given opportunities to develop in leadership roles in all aspects of School life. Support, guidance and encouragement are given to them by their mentors and teachers as they make choices in their selection of elective subjects.

              > Book a Campus Tour

              • After School & Vacation Care

                Newcastle Grammar School has an After School Child Care Programme and Vacation Care available for students in Pre-school to Year 6.

                > Contact the School for further details

              • Our Vision, Values & Goals

                Our vision is to be a leading Australian School in pursuit of excellence in all that we do.

                The School community believes in the value of:

                • Christian living
                • The self worth of the individual
                • The family Individual and collective achievement
                • Our tradition and heritage
                • Our interaction with the wider community
                • Authentic Leadership

                The essential purpose of the School is to develop the potential of our students so that they can lead a satisfying life and make a positive contribution to society.


                Spiritual Goals

                To promote an understanding of the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition and a tolerance and respect of other beliefs, thus assisting students to develop a well-rounded and balanced approach to life.


                Academic Goals

                To encourage students to develop a capacity for independent thought and judgement, to foster in each student a love of learning and to promote individual and group achievement.


                Pastoral Goals

                To build students' self esteem and confidence, to enable students to develop a sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline and to reinforce the values, attitudes and ideals of the School.


                Social Goals

                To foster respect and concern for all others in the world in which we live so that students show consideration for those around them, and become respected members of the community.


                Cultural/Physical Goals

                To develop an appreciation of, and an interest in, pursuing cultural and physical activities.

                • Christian Ethos & Student Wellbeing

                  Christian Ethos

                  The Christian foundation of the School has been maintained since the first classes were held in the Christ Church Vestry. These strong links with the Anglican Church remain today. All students attend weekly worship in Christ Church Cathedral (the School Chapel) and regular Divinity lessons.

                  The School Chaplain takes part in the day-to-day life of the School. Our Christian education programme promotes an understanding of the Christian faith and is designed to assist students develop a well rounded and balanced approach to life. The School accepts students from all religious denominations and faiths.


                  Student Wellbeing

                  The Student Wellbeing programme reflects the overall educational philosophy of Newcastle Grammar School. The programme aims to foster resilience, promote respect for each other and ourselves and cultivate our relationships with one another. Staff strive to ensure that each student is known and valued as an individual, experiences a sense of belonging and feels safe. In this way the social and emotional wellbeing of each student is promoted.

                  The wellbeing of our students is one of the prime concerns of the School. A focus on the holistic wellbeing and progress of our students is ensured through:

                  • the explicit integration of the principles of positive education into the School’s curriculum
                  • the philosophy, structure and practices of the House and Mentor system on the Hill Campus
                  • the explicit teaching of targeted wellbeing programmes
                  • the care shown by Staff in their daily interactions with students.
                  • Facilities

                    • Park Campus (Pre-school & Kindergarten to Year 4)

                      Park Campus, within two kilometres of the original campus, has its own library, music room and computer room. Students also have access to interactive whiteboards and computers in every classroom.

                      A new building was opened in 2001 with well-equipped rooms catering for the needs of the students. The Sandi Warren Performance Centre is used by the whole School for musical and dramatic productions, assemblies, physical education lessons, lectures and dinners.

                      > Book a Campus Tour

                      • Hill Campus (Years 5 to 12)

                        The Hill Campus offers the best possible facilities. Holland House opened in 2007, houses wonderful new Technological and Applied Studies facilities, including a commercial kitchen.

                        The Industrial Technology Faculty has new woodwork facilities and iMac computers which can run both Apple and Microsoft Windows programmes. The building also incorporates new facilities for Drama, PE change rooms, a second stage of the Computer development, a student terrace, general classrooms, a Year 12 common room and a staff common room.

                        > Book a Campus Tour

                        • Library, Arts & Technology

                          Library

                          Our Library, the central resource of the School, is an outstanding facility and is open from 8.00am to 5.30pm each day and for most of the year.


                          Visual Arts Centre

                          Within the Visual Arts Centre there is a print making room, a dark room, a ceramics area and up-to-date Apple computers with Adobe Suite Software.


                          Horbury Hunt Hall

                          The Horbury Hunt Hall provides a place for Drama, PE classes and Assemblies.


                          Technology

                          An extensive network of the latest technology in computers and audio visual equipment is linked to all classroom blocks throughout the School, including The Merrick Lecture Theatre which seats seventy. Interactive Whiteboards are installed in most teaching areas of the School.


                          > Book a Campus Tour

                          • Sporting & Fitness

                            We believe that a healthy balance between academic, social and sporting activities will provide a positive grounding for every student's development.

                            Newcastle Grammar School offers a range of sporting and fitness opportunities to its students including Aerobics, Basketball, Cricket, Futsal, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Soccer, Surf Lifesaving, Tennis and Touch Footy.

                            The School purchased Howzat Sports and Fitness Centre in 2000, enabling students and families to utilise the excellent sporting and gymnasium facilities through the School.

                            • Room, Hall & Facility Hire

                              Certain facilities including Classrooms, Halls and Technology Areas are available for hire to support community groups at appropriate times.

                              > Contact the School for further details

                            • Achievements

                              The achievements of Newcastle Grammar School students in external Examinations and competitions have been such that the School has gained an enviable reputation for academic success.

                              Results in the Higher School Certificate and School Certificate examinations are consistently well above the State average. Results in music and art competitions are exceptional, with the School and individual students winning many prestigious awards.

                              At Newcastle Grammar School we are proud of our record of achievements, but accolades and awards are not our motivation. Rather they are the recognition of our students reaching their goals.

                              > Read more about the success of Newcastle Grammar School

                              • Positive Learning & Discipline

                                Learning Environment

                                The School's philosophy is to contain class sizes in order to provide all students with opportunities to learn in an atmosphere that fosters learning. Support teachers are utilised for students requiring guidance, whether it be to overcome some difficulty or to progress at an accelerated rate.

                                Students meet regularly in small groups with members of staff so that their progress can be monitored and so they can be encouraged to achieve their goals.


                                Discipline

                                Consistent firm and fair discipline leads to self discipline in a caring, Christian community. Newcastle Grammar School students are always encouraged to behave and dress in a way that brings credit to themselves, their families and the School.

                                Anything contrary to common sense, good manners and decency is contrary to the rules of the School. Students are considered as representing the School from the time they leave home to attend School, or a School function, until they return home at the end of the day or function.

                                • Our History

                                  Established in 1859, Newcastle Grammar School is one of Newcastle's most historically significant schools.

                                  The School has links to the earliest days of Anglican education in the city, beginning in 1816 when convict, Henry Wrensford, taught thirty-eight children in a small room in Christ Church, on the site of today's Cathedral.

                                  Since its inception, the School has developed into one of the region's most notable, independent, co-educational and non-selective schools and remains a focus for many of the thousands of former students who have been educated here.

                                  Newcastle Boys' Grammar School opened on the present site in 1859 in Berkeley House and operated until 1902. Newcastle Church of England Girls' Grammar School was officially opened on 22 July 1918 with an enrolment of fifty-six girls. The School was relocated to Morpeth from 7 June 1942 until some time in 1943.

                                  The control and administration of the School was given by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to The Pittwater House Schools in 1976 until the end of 1991, and in 1978, boys were once again enrolled at the School.

                                  In 1992 the School's administration was returned to Newcastle and Newcastle Grammar School is now governed by Newcastle Grammar School Limited, a non-profit Company limited by guarantee. Newcastle Grammar School maintains strong links with the Anglican Church. Today it is a leading independent school in the Hunter Valley Region.

                                  • Staff & Board Members

                                    • Head of School & Staff

                                      The Head of School is assisted in their duties by the School Executive and is charged with ensuring that the School provides a quality, holistic education for all of its students.

                                      The staff of the School are selected not only for their academic, teaching and administration qualifications, but also for their personal qualities and suitability to be entrusted with the welfare of young people.

                                      The staff are dedicated professionals who want to see their students grow and flourish into responsible, well educated young men and women.

                                      • Board Members

                                        Newcastle Grammar School is governed by the Board of Newcastle Grammar School Limited, a non-profit Company and the body responsible for the School's policies and philosophy.

                                        All members of the Board serve in an honorary capacity, with the Lord Bishop of Newcastle being the School Patron. The Board, with the Patron's concurrence, appoints the Head of School who assumes overall responsibility for the day to day operation of the School.

                                        Contacting the Board
                                        Please read the > Parent / School Communication Policy prior to emailing the Chairman.

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                                        • Mr Keith Lynch - Chairman of the Board

                                          Mr Keith Lynch - Chairman of the Board

                                          Mr Lynch was a member of the Newcastle Grammar School board from 1993 to 1998 and held the position of Deputy Chair.

                                          He re-joined the board in 2014 and has been appointed Chairman.

                                          He holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

                                          Mr Lynch was previously Chairman of NIB Holdings Ltd, currently Chairman of the NIB Foundation and is a member of the Hunter Venues Advisory Council.

                                          Mr Lynch’s children attended Newcastle Grammar School and two of his grandchildren are current students.

                                        • Dr John Miller - Deputy Chairman

                                          Dr John Miller - Deputy Chairman

                                          Dr Miller joined the Board of Newcastle Grammar School in 1998.

                                          He was Deputy Chairman from 2004 to 2005, and he held the position of Chairman in 2005 to 2014.

                                          Dr Miller is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist specialising in Children and Adolescents development.

                                          He is a member of the Board of The Association of Independent Schools of NSW and previously the Owner and Director of John Miller Galleries (2000 - 2008).

                                          His two children attended Newcastle Grammar School.

                                        • Mr Hugh McKensey

                                          Mr Hugh McKensey

                                          Mr McKensey has been on the Board of the School since 1992, holding the position of Deputy Chairman from 2006 to 2014.

                                          He is presently a member of the Audit Committee.

                                          Mr McKensey holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

                                          Previously he was Managing Director of Forsythe’s Newcastle and his three children have all attended Newcastle Grammar School.

                                        • Mr Bill Clifton

                                          Mr Bill Clifton

                                          Mr Clifton has been on the Board of Newcastle Grammar School since 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Business.

                                          Mr Clifton also serves on the Board's Property and Audit Committees.

                                          He is currently Group General Manager of Banlaw Pty Ltd and his areas of expertise are Business Strategy and Innovation.

                                          Mr Clifton's four children all attended Newcastle Grammar School.

                                        • Mrs Cathy Cole

                                          Mrs Cathy Cole

                                          Mrs Cole has been a member of the Board since 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with skills in engineering, project management, strategic planning, corporate governance and community engagement.

                                          Mrs Cole also holds a Diploma from the Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of the Audit , Finance and Risk committee of the School.

                                          She currently works as a Project Manager and also Chair of a government advisory committee.

                                          Mrs Cole has two children, one a past student and the other a current student of Newcastle Grammar School.

                                        • Ms Catherine Wilkinson

                                          Ms Catherine Wilkinson

                                          Ms Wilkinson joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law.

                                          She is a Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers in the Workplace Relations and Safety team and the Managing Partner of the Newcastle office, comprising partners, lawyers and administrative staff in a range of areas.

                                          She provides advice to corporate clients on work health and safety and employment related matters.

                                          Ms Wilkinson's child currently attends Newcastle Grammar School.

                                        • Mr Robert Scrymgour

                                          Mr Robert Scrymgour

                                          Mr Scrymgour joined the Board in 2013.

                                          He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA(merit) and his areas of expertise are marketing, human resources, management development, training and business sales development.

                                          He is Owner of Leadership Management Australia, an accredited facilitator and postgraduate lecturer in management and marketing.

                                          Mr Scrymgour's children currently attend Newcastle Grammar School.

                                        • Mr Richard Earp

                                          Mr Richard Earp

                                          Mr Earp joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in 2013 and is currently Joint Managing Director of Earp Bros Tiles.

                                          Mr Earp has a strong track record of redeveloping existing business and new businesses that are creative and innovative.

                                          He also has experience in marketing, branding, sales, property and team management.

                                          Mr Earp's children currently attend Newcastle Grammar School and his children are 5th generation Newcastle Grammar School students.

                                        • Mr Andrew Beattie

                                          Mr Andrew Beattie

                                          Mr Beattie has recently joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has over 14 years’ experience in accounting, business advisory and banking professions.

                                          Mr Beattie is a Partner at PKF Lawler and leads the Newcastle Business Advisory Services Team focusing on key industries such of Health, Pharmacy, Veterinary and Mining Services. His specialist experience and knowledge is predominantly in the areas of business improvement, management consulting, strategic planning, succession planning and business valuation.

                                          Mr Beattie’s daughter currently attends Newcastle Grammar School.