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6 of Sydney’s best private schools

July 22, 2019 10:00 am by Upside

Every parent wants to set their child up with the best chance of success, and that starts with a well-rounded education. We’ve already covered the best suburbs in Sydney for schools – but which private educational institutions are the cream of the crop? Below is a comprehensive list of the best private schools in Sydney.

Sydney Grammar School, Darlinghurst

Founded in 1830, Sydney Grammar School for K-12 boys has an impressive list of notable alumni: Sir Edmund Barton, the first Prime Minister of Australia, Andrew 'Boy' Charlton, an Olympic gold medallist swimmer and bush poet Banjo Paterson, just to name a few.

With a diverse range of learning opportunities, activities and open days on offer at Sydney Grammar School, each student has the ability to hone their skills in the fields they enjoy most, all while receiving a well-rounded education. Sydney Grammar School also consistently ranks as one of the top performers for HSC results in NSW every year.

Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School, Darlinghurst

SCEGGS Darlinghurst is a K-12 Anglican girls’ school founded in 1895 – making it one of Australia’s oldest remaining educational institutions. The school provides an exceptional learning environment in metropolitan Sydney, and aims to aims to educate its students with confidence, competence and articulation.

SCEGGS also boasts an excellent academic record, making it one of the most successful independent girls’ schools in Sydney and around the country.

St Aloysius' College, Kirribilli

St Aloysius’ College is an independent Roman Catholic primary and secondary day school for boys in Sydney’s lower north shore. The school’s motto is ‘born for greater things’, a motto it upholds according to its excellent academic record.

According to the St Aloysius’ annual report, “Almost all graduates received offers of university places. A number of students have deferred study to go on exchange programmes, do a 'gap' year, or work and travel, either doing six months or one year service in Thailand, or a service year in Micronesia. Others are also doing service placements in Africa and the Pacific.”

Ascham School, Edgecliff

Ascham School in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was founded in 1886 and cites that it prepares girls both academically and personally to ‘Meet the needs of the 21st Century’. The school is non-denominational and offers both day school and boarding school education for girls from K-12.

Ascham is the only school in Australia to use ‘The Dalton Plan’, which is designed to let students focus on their special interests, and also provides additional support for students who may be struggling academically. The school boasts a state-of-the-art theatre, an indoor heated pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and three libraries.

Barker College, Hornsby

Founded in 1890, Barker College is an independent primary and secondary day and boarding school in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The school’s aim is to “develop learners who are knowledgeable, caring, open-minded, balanced, principled, reflective, communicators, thinkers, risk-takers and inquirers.”

Aside from its impressive academic record, one noteworthy point about Barker College is that it’s co-educational – relatively rare for private schools in Sydney. The school cites that it “provides a safe environment in which young men and women can grow up together, learn to collaborate respectfully and appreciate the differing viewpoints that each brings.”


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