Why Grammar

Dedicated Staff

The School is governed by a Board of Trustees, appointed in accordance with the 9 terms set out in the Sydney Grammar School Act of 1854.

The Trustees appoint the Headmaster, who is ultimately responsible to them for the management not only of the Senior School, but of the Preparatory Schools at Edgecliff and St Ives as well. In practice, the day-to-day management of the Preparatory Schools is in the hands of their respective Headmasters. The Headmaster is assisted by the Bursar, Senior Master and the Assistant to the Headmaster.

Here are some other people you will need to know:

Master of the Lower School

The Master of the Lower School is in charge of admissions at College Street, and also looks after the boys when they arrive in Form I (Year 7). He interviews prospective pupils and is also available to those who wish to know more about the School.

Director of Studies

The Director of Studies is responsible for the academic curriculum, the organisation of examinations, choices of subjects and the official entries of boys for the public examinations.

Senior Housemaster

The Senior Housemaster is in charge of the House/Tutorial system which provides pastoral care and discipline for the boys in Forms II – VI (Years 8 –12). Together with the Housemasters, he manages contact between the School and parents on pastoral matters.

Subject Masters

Academic departments are run by Subject Masters, who are responsible for the curriculum in their subject, and the teaching work done by their staff. Subject Masters also advise the Headmaster on the appointment of academic staff.


Housemasters are responsible for the welfare of all the boys in their respective Houses. They oversee the work of individual Tutors, ensure that parents are kept informed of problems as they arise, and organize social functions at which parents can meet other parents and their sons’ Tutors. Housemasters also have an important responsibility for discipline. Boys are looked after by the Master of the Lower School when they arrive and then enter one of eight Houses in Form II (Year 8).


Members of the teaching staff also act as Tutors. Tutors are the primary points of contact between parents and the School. They look after a group of twelve boys and meet them every day. Once every ten days or so, they meet for a longer period during which an activity beyond the normal academic courses is undertaken.


Sport in the School is run by the Sportsmaster, who organizes games, allocates coaches, and oversees a wide range of matters from discipline and safety to the maintenance of equipment. Within each sport there is also a Director, or a Master in Charge (MIC), who is responsible for that sport’s internal efficiency. The boatshed is run by the Director of Rowing, who is also responsible to the Sports Master.

School Counsellors

Three psychologists are available for boys with personal and emotional issues or those experiencing difficulty with their schoolwork. One Counsellor also offers guidance in the choice of university courses and career options.

Read Stories of Inspiration

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

On the evening of 8 September, fifteen boys from Forms I and II took to the stage of the Palladium Theatre to present a dramatized version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

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Prep Orchestras tour to Singapore

Prep Orchestras tour to Singapore

Edgecliff Prep Director of Music, Mrs Robin Carter, writes about the combined St Ives and Edgecliff Preparatory Schools Orchestra Tour to Singapore.

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Edgecliff Boys In The Archibald Prize

Edgecliff Boys In The Archibald Prize

The boys of Edgecliff Prep were finalists in the 2017 Archibald Prize.

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