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Best Schools in Sydney

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Moving your family to Sydney but not sure which school to send your children to? We’ll give you a rundown of the best schools in New South Wales’ capital to help you make that choice.

Moving to Sydney with your children to a new life in a new land is incredibly exciting, but can also be a little scary. How can you safeguard your children’s education in an unfamiliar country, and how do you know that your children will be able to settle into a new school?

We’ve put together a list of the top-rated schools in the Harbour City based on the all-important factor of academic performance, as well as things such as the range of co-curricular activities on offer and the proximity to family neighbourhoods. Read on to find out which schools made our list!

There are four best schools in Sydney: 

  1. James Ruse Agricultural High School, 
  2. Cheltenham Girls High School, 
  3. Sydney Grammar School and 
  4. International Grammar School.

James Ruse Agricultural High School

Located in Carlingford on a five hectare farm, James Ruse Agricultural High School is a co-educational school that offers students the opportunity to study practical and theoretical agriculture as part of their secondary school education.

James Ruse is an academically selective public school which currently enrols around 840 students in years seven to 12. Of the student population, around 95% are from a non-English-speaking background, mainly Chinese, Korean and Indian.

James Ruse has a history of academic excellence, being named the top school in NSW for 27 years in a row. The majority of its students go on to university to study vocations like law, medicine and engineering. The school also offers a wide range of co-curricular activities including music, dance, sports and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Cheltenham Girls High School

Best known for its distinctive pink uniform, Cheltenham Girls High School is a public school for girls situated in the north of Sydney. It operates a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for around 1,250 students from years seven to 12.

To enrol your daughter at Cheltenham Girls, you’ll need to live within its catchment area, although you won’t always be guaranteed a place. Only around 80% of applications are currently accepted, owing to its popularity.

Cheltenham Girls High School consistently outperforms a number of selective public schools in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) – a credential awarded to year 12 students who have completed their high school studies. The school also encourages its students to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including debating and public speaking, performing arts, volunteering and gardening.

Sydney Grammar School

Sydney Grammar School, known as just ‘Grammar’ or SGS by Sydney siders, is an independent secular day school for boys from kindergarten to year 12. The current fees are just over $35,000 AUD (£19,000), although the school does offer up to 25 scholarships every year for exceptionally talented boys.

The school has 3 campuses across Sydney. The secondary school (year seven to 12) is located in College Street in the city, while its two preparatory schools are in Edgecliff (kindergarten to year six) and St Ives (preschool to year six). College Street has around 1,100 students, while Edgecliff and St Ives have between 300 and 400 students.

Sydney Grammar School was ranked as the top independent school in NSW last year, and has educated the highest number of Australian Prime Ministers, Rhodes Scholars and High Court of Australia judges in the country. The school offers a liberal and broadly pre-vocational education that gears its students up for university. It also has a diverse range of co-curricular activities including sport, chess, public speaking and the Australian Air Force cadets.

International Grammar School

International Grammar School (IGS) is an independent secular day school for boys and girls situated in the inner city suburb of Ultimo, near the Central Business District (CBD). It currently caters for around 1,200 students from preschool to year 12, and places the learning of languages and respect for diversity at the centre of its curriculum.

Alongside traditional subjects, studying a second language is compulsory for all students at International Grammar School from preschool to year 10. Languages students can study include Chinese, Italian and French, and the school provides students with an exchange program to its overseas sister schools in Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

Tuition fees range from $9,000 to $25,000 AUD (£4,900 to £13,500) depending on the school year of your child. If you send two or more of your children to International Grammar School, it offers discounts of up to 20% on tuition fees. The school does offer a limited number of scholarships to students entering into year seven, but competition is tough.

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