Sydney Grammar School (colloquially known as Grammar) is an independent, non-denominational, day school for boys, located in Darlinghurst, Edgecliff and St Ives, all suburbs of Sydney, Australia.Incorporated in 1854 by Act of Parliament and opened in 1857, the school claims to offer a “classical” or “grammar” school education thought of as liberal, humane, pre-vocational pedagogy.
Sydney Grammar School currently has an enrolment of approximately 1841 students from preschool to Year 12, over three campuses. The two preparatory schools (K to 6), are located at Edgecliff in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, and St Ives, on the Upper North Shore.The historic College Street campus caters for students from Forms I to VI (Years 7–12), and is in Darlinghurst, close to the Sydney central business district.
The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of independent schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, and is a founding member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS).In 2001, The Sun-Herald ranked Sydney Grammar School tenth in Australia’s top ten boys’ schools, based on the number of its alumni mentioned in the Who’s Who in Australia (a listing of notable Australians).
Sydney Grammar School is the oldest school still in use in the City of Sydney, and is also historically significant as the site on which the University of Sydney began. The School also holds scientific significance as containing examples of early building materials and techniques in pre-Federation Australia.The site was founded as The Sydney College in 1830, and the following year began operations in a new building in Hyde Park designed by Edward Hallen. The War Memorial wing, named for its position behind Big School’s monument to the Great War, was built at the northern end of Big School in 1953. Each year up to 26 full scholarships are offered to boys who show academic promise.