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The Illawarra Grammar School

The Illawarra Grammar School

PO Box 225, Figtree, NSW 2525, Australia

+61 2 4220 0200



The Illawarra Grammar School
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1959
Status Private
Head of School Mrs. Judi Nealy
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 1,000
See website
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator David Meredith
MYP Coordinator Sharon I'Ons
PYP Coordinator Karen Wallace

Stunning Coastal Location

The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) is an independent Anglican school located in Wollongong on the eastern coast of New South Wales, approximately 70km south of Sydney. Our campus is uniquely positioned between the mountains and the sea, with immaculate grounds decorated with purple Jacaranda trees. The atmosphere is warm and inclusive, reflected in the smiles, words and actions of students and staff.

Mission Statement

TIGS is committed to providing a caring and engaging environment where students thrive. Our mission statement is "the achievement of academic excellence in a caring environment that is founded on Christian belief and behaviour, so that students are equipped to act with wisdom, compassion and justice as faithful stewards of our world." The School has an inclusive enrolment policy and welcomes students from all faiths and denominations.

Academic Achievement

The outstanding academic performance of TIGS students is a testament to the expertise of our staff, the effort students put into their studies and the culture of learning that is embedded deeply into all that we do. TIGS has a close working relationship with the University of Wollongong with 70% of students on average being offered university placement prior to sitting their final exams.

TIGS is authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. As a result, there is a consistency and common philosophy to teaching and learning across the School, making the student experience both coherent and meaningful. TIGS students build their knowledge, skills and attitudes across their years of schooling to become enthusiastic and internationally minded lifelong learners.

Holistic approach to learning

Students at TIGS are encouraged to succeed across many fields of endeavour. They are challenged to become leaders of great character and resilience through a combination of academic, arts, sport, community service, outdoor and cultural experiences. TIGS offers a full range of experiences across the arts including music, dance, drama, visual arts, photo media and entertainment. Students also participate in a diverse range of activities from swimming and beach sports to bush walking, rock climbing and caving, taking advantage of our proximity to the coast and mountains. These experiences are built into our programmes in a structured manner resulting in valuable life lessons both within and beyond the classroom.