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Building on a proud tradition, Melbourne Grammar School fosters excellence in its students, providing a meaningful and fulfilling education across three campuses.

Catering to some 1,800 students from Prep to Year 12, the School has a strong tradition of academic excellence and offers comprehensive learning and leadership opportunities, allowing students to grow and achieve within a strong and supportive community.

Our junior school, Grimwade House, is located in Caulfield and caters to boys and girls from Prep to Year 6. Our middle school, Wadhurst, is for boys in Years 7 and 8 and is located in South Yarra alongside our Senior School, which is for boys in Years 9 to 12. Boys from Years 7 to 12 can attend as day students or boarders.

Melbourne Grammar School is distinguished by an involved and vital community, with parents encouraged to participate in many aspects of School life. The importance of community is reflected in the School’s culture of philanthropy, with the legacy of past generations allowing the School to grow and advance.

Founded in 1858 by the first Bishop of Melbourne, Melbourne Grammar School is an Anglican school in the tradition of the Church of England. While we embrace a Christian philosophy, we warmly welcome families from a diverse range of religious and cultural backgrounds and actively promote tolerance and compassion. As part of providing a meaningful and holistic education, the School values the examination of religious, moral and ethical issues and encourages students to explore and share their beliefs.

Melbourne Grammar School provides coeducational learning from Prep to Year 6, and boys-only schooling from Years 7 to 12.

Coeducation at Grimwade House (Prep to Year 6)

 

We believe it is important for young boys and girls to play and grow together in a warm, supportive atmosphere where they learn from one another. Our decision to provide coeducational learning for younger students stems from our belief in the importance of family. Parents of primary school students are highly involved in their children’s education and we recognise that this support and organisation is easier to provide if all young children in a family attend the same school.

The structure of Grimwade House also reflects the family environment with older and younger children exploring the world together through daily play and important events. Coeducational primary schooling provides the opportunity for children to meet and work with the opposite gender in a friendly and non-threatening way that develops their identity and understanding of the world.

Further reading

Grimwade House ›


Education for boys (Years 7 to 12)

 

Research has shown that boys and girls generally develop different learning styles as they move towards adolescence and we believe that, in a single-sex learning environment, we are best able to focus on the particular needs of boys as they become young men.

Our programmes are designed with a strong emphasis on leadership and defining appropriate boundaries, while our comprehensive pastoral care system enables each student to form authentic connections with a range of adult role models and mentors. There are many opportunities for boys to pursue physical activity, including exploring the outdoors, and to realise the importance of caring for others and having fun.

We are acutely aware that many boys enjoy sport and games, and our sporting and outdoor education programmes are geared toward making sure that all boys find an opportunity to play in teams or participate in sporting activities that suit their abilities. Our boys find that effective teamwork and handling the rigours of the sportsfield are essential skills that serve them equally well in the academic arena.

In a coeducational environment, many boys may be reluctant to excel in areas of the curriculum that can sometimes be stereotyped as feminine. Our students are encouraged to pursue courses of study which suit their abilities and interests. They can develop in a secure environment which values the individual and recognises that success can take many forms. In tandem with our science, technology and mathematical programmes, our classes in performing and creative arts and humanities are presented as a vital path to future success. Our debating teams, theatrical presentations, orchestras, choirs and music ensembles, camps and other activities reinforce this message.

Further reading

Wadhurst (Years 7 and 8) ›  

Senior School (Years 9 to 12) ›

Melbourne Grammar School is a Company Limited by Guarantee, with a School Council responsible for matters of finance and governance.

Demonstrating a broad range of interests, talents and experience, the School Council is responsible for guiding and monitoring the School on behalf of the members of the School (the Association), and is subject to election by the Association.  The Association is made up of representatives of  key School constituencies including the Old Melburnians, the Melbourne Grammar School Foundation, the Friends of Grammar and the Anglican Church. While not a member of School Council, the Headmaster attends  Council meetings in a consultative capacity.

Members of Council

 
President

The Most Reverend Dr Philip L Freier

(Alternate: The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin)

Chairman Mr Michael E Bartlett  
Deputy Chairman Mr Lloyd R Thomas
Members

Ms Mary M Clark

Mr Geoffrey A Cohen 

Mr James 'Jim' G Cousins AO

Mr Stephen D Gibbons

Ms Beryl E Gregory

Mr E (John) Hawkins

Mr Stephen G Hiscock

Ms Siobhan McKenna

Mr Philip H Solomon QC

Prof Geoffrey N Taylor

Sub Committees

 
Sub Committees

Chair

Admissions Mr Roy Kelley
Buildings and Grounds Mr Jim Cousins
Finance and Planning Mr Geoff Cohen 
Marketing and Communications Ms Mary Clark
Investment Management Mr Stephen Hiscock
Nominating Mr Michael Bartlett
Risk Management and Audit Mr Stephen Gibbons
 

The School Executive is responsible for overall management of the School in all its key areas of operation with a focus on policy development, planning and direction.


Members of School Executive

 

Headmaster

 

Roy Kelley

Roy Kelley is the 14th Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School. Roy was Headmaster of Auckland's King's College from 2003 to 2009, and before that was Deputy Headmaster of Perth's Hale School from 1991 to 2002. He also taught at Sherborne School in Dorset during the late 1980s. Roy's family migrated to Australia in 1964 and settled in Perth. He completed his Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Master's Degree at the University of Western Australia. He is the Chairman of the Dialogue Australasia Network, which fosters an academic approach to the teaching of religious education and values in Australian schools. Roy is married to Ann and has two daughters, Amy and Sarah. His interests include the theatre, bridge and many sports, including soccer, Australian Rules Football (West Coast Eagles) and cricket.

Roy Kelley


Director of Finance and Administration

 

Mr John Jesson

John Jesson was appointed as the School's Director of Finance & Administration in 2011. Prior to that, he had been the School's Finance Manager for eleven years. Married to Janene, John has two children, Louise and James (OM 2010). John spends many of his weekends in Wangaratta, and his interests include hockey and working on old radios. John is also Secretary to the School Executive.

John Jesson


Director of Advancement

 

Mr Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd was appointed Melbourne Grammar School’s Director of Advancement & Admissions in 2016. Prior to that, he had been the Head of Campus of Grimwade House since 1998. Andrew has had wide experience in independent schools and holds a MEd from Monash University, specialising in educational policy and administration. Andrew has three daughters (two adult and one teenager) and a large extended family in Melbourne. He enjoys preparing for family gatherings, gardening, visits to the beach, reading and enhancing his IT skills. 

Mr Andrew Boyd


Director of Human Resources

 

Ms Helen Voogt-Dillon

Helen is Melbourne Grammar School’s first Director of Human Resources, joining the School in 2012 to establish the Human Resources Department. Helen has worked in the corporate environment, starting her career in the Graduate Programme at ANZ Banking Group and later moving into management consulting. She has made a commitment to working within the education sector for 20 years, and Melbourne Grammar School is her third school. Helen has a family, and her interests include yoga, running, theatre and music. She loves nothing more than going to the movies.

Helen Voogt-Dillon


Director of Learning and Research

 

Mr Andrew Baylis

Andrew is the Director of Learning and Research and works across all three campuses to shape classroom practice, curriculum development and use of learning technology. An Old Melburnian, he has taught Science, English, Religious Education and History across his career. Andrew is an enthusiastic bushwalker and still visits some of the locations he first toured on LGR expeditions.

Andrew Baylis


Head of Grimwade House

 

Mr Royce Helm

Royce Helm was appointed as Head of Grimwade House in April 2016. A highly experienced, strategic leader in education in his native New Zealand, he is passionate about helping students to realise their full potential. For the past 13 years, Royce Helm has been the Headmaster of Southwell School in Hamilton, New Zealand. Southwell School is the largest co-educational, independent primary and boarding school in New Zealand and caters for students from Prep to Year 8. Prior to that, he was Headmaster of St George’s School in Wanganui. A keen sportsman, Royce enjoys bike rising and has recently taken up road riding. He is a sailor and fisherman, and enjoys cricket and softball competitively. 

Mr Royce Helm


Head of Wadhurst

 

Mr Greg Caldwell

Greg Caldwell started as Head of Wadhurst in 2007. Greg has extensive experience in educating young people, having been Head of Sandringham House, the Junior School of Firbank Grammar, and Head of the Middle School at Brighton Grammar School. As well as earlier tertiary qualifications, he holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne, specialising in the transition of students from primary to secondary education. Mr Caldwell has three daughters and family is the focus of his activities away from School. He enjoys watching all types of sport and cultural events and lists cycling, walking, listening to music and travelling as favourite pastimes. 

Greg Caldwell


Head of Senior School

 

Mr Nick Evans

In 2014, Melbourne Grammar School welcomed Nick Evans as Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School. Nick was born in the United States but educated in Melbourne and gained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Education at La Trobe University. Nick began teaching at Wesley College as a graduate teacher of History and Politics, intending to stay for two or three years. He remained for twenty years. He was a Head of Faculty and a Head of House in the Senior School. He then gained the position of Head of Middle School and, finally, Head of Senior School. He was also awarded a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne.

Nick Evans

Melbourne Grammar School spans three campuses, with our boarding precinct based in South Yarra and a number of our sporting fields spread across Melbourne.

Grimwade House

 

Our coeducational junior school, Grimwade House, is at 67 Balaclava Road, Caulfield.

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Grimwade House

Wadhurst

 

Our middle school, Wadhurst, is for boys in Years 7 and 8 and it can be found on the corner of Domain and St Kilda Roads in Melbourne.

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Wadhurst

Senior School

 

Our Senior School caters for boys in Years 9 to 12 and is also on Domain Road, near the Shrine of Remembrance and opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra.

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Senior School

Reception

 

The main school reception can be found at The Lodge, 355 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. This is where all public enquiries should be directed.

 

Facility Hire

 

On occasion, Melbourne Grammar School facilities are available for hire by external parties.

 

Contact

 

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