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Ipswich Grammar School


Darling Street, Ipswich
QLD 4035, Australia

General Overview

Boys boarding school
Founded in 1863
Number of Students: 930           
Number of International Students:   40
Countries of Origin of International Students: China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
CRICOS Provider Code 00499A

Website:  www.ipswichgrammar.com  

Commenced on 25 September 1863, Ipswich Grammar has the honour of being Queensland's first secondary school. For generation after generation, this fine school has produced distinguished citizens, innovators and leaders in the fields of politics, engineering, education, literature, military, science, music, medicine, law, sport, commerce and industry.  In 2017, IGS celebrated its 154th year as one of Australia's finest boarding schools for boys

Ipswich Grammar School is steeped in history. The original buildings from 1863 sit proudly on Grammar School Hill and are listed by the National Trust.

Why IGS is amongst the top boys' schools in Australia

Established in 1863

Celebrating 154 years in 2017

Queensland's first secondary school

Outstanding academic achievements

  • Excellent university pathways and extension programs
  • Smaller boarding community, en-suite style boarding rooms
  • Partnership and Associations with Universities
  • Academic , the Arts and Sports Excellence Programs
  • World-class facilities
  • Onsite medical and pastoral care staff
  • Bus pickup service from the airport
  • Daily prep time in Senior library with staff supervision/assistance
  • Strong community support
  • Freshly prepared meals catering to all tastes
  • Flexible curriculum including English as a Second Language program

2011-2014 Highlights
  • Mr Robert Henderson, Headmaster/CEO, commenced in 2011 as the 15th Headmaster of Ipswich Grammar School.
  • New world class tennis centre opened September 2010.
  • Opening of new Literacy Centre 2011.
  • Australian Champion School – Tournament of the Minds 2011.
  • Continued Academic Success – 90% of cohort obtained University offers 2013
 2015 year 12 graduates excellent OP results:
10 OP 1 Students ( Scholarships to University of Sydney, Bond University, University of Queensland, QUT, University of Southern QLD

·        OP 1’s 12.34% compared to State of Average 2.5%

·        OP 1 to 3    30%

·        OP 1 to 5    37%

·        OP 1 to 10  85%

·        OP 1 to 15  96%

·        Most popular areas of Study for Ipswich Grammar Students attending University:

Law, Economics, Psychology Health (Medicine, Pharmacy)EngineeringManagement and Commerce

School Facilities

Ipswich Grammar School is steeped in history. The original buildings from 1863 sit proudly on Grammar School Hill and are listed by the National Trust.

This fine gothic structure is nestled amid a complex of modern facilities including a Precinct of The Arts, Auditorium, science building, music school, classroom complex, Information and Technology Centre, Library and Resource Centre, Junior School, industrial technology and design workshops, gymnasium, heated pool, multi-purpose Sports Dome and a Junior School Library.

The Risson Centre and Brassall Sporting Complex are just a five minute drive away. The centre caters for sporting functions and is recognised as a leading conference and seminar venue. The facility hosts IGS cricket, football, cross country and other outdoor activities and has eight international standard tennis courts and a clubhouse.

Boarding at Ipswich Grammar School
Boarding provides a wonderful opportunity for academic achievement and the development of self-discipline, character and life-long friendships.
 The IGS boarding community is relatively small by design to ensure each boy is known and valued as an individual, not a number.
The boarding towers overlook extensive sporting fields on Grammar School Hill. Facilities include air-conditioned, ensuited rooms designed for comfort, study and relaxation. Each student has his own desk and study area and his privacy is respected.
Boarding masters and teaching staff maintain a family atmosphere and social and pastoral care activities have a focus on fun and interaction. Boarders enjoy nutritious meals for the active body and mind, while a live-in matron and house mothers provide support for developing men.

Curriculum at IGS

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 benefit from a strong emphasis on scholarship, learning, achievement, leadership, character building and values education. We respect and appreciate the maturity levels of the young men in our senior years and interact with them as adults.

Ipswich Grammar School prides itself on academic excellence. Year after year the school achieves more OP 1s than boys in any other school in the region. Between 50% and 45% of our Year 12s receive an OP 10 or better and more than 90% of IGS graduates receive first round tertiary offers.

Students choose from a range of subjects in the areas of science, arts, humanities, mathematics, business, computing, industrial technology and physical education. The curriculum provides a balance of contemporary and traditional subjects. Vocational and educational training is available with the opportunity for students to undertake school-based traineeships and apprenticeships.

Years 7 and 8
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Humanities (History/Geography)
• Art
• Music
• Speech & Drama
• Physical Education
• Industrial Technology and Design
• LOTE (German or Japanese)
• ESL (English as a second language –
international students)

Years 9 and 10
Core Subjects
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Humanities (History/Geography)
• Health and Physical Education
Plus 2 Electives
• Art
• Business Principles
• German
• Japanese
• Music
• Speech and Drama
• Industrial Technology and Design
• Graphics
• ESL (English as a second language)
• STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering,
• Information Technology

Year 11 and 12
Authority Subjects (OP)
• Accounting
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Chinese
• Drama
• Earth Science
• Economics
• Engineering Technology
• English
• Geography
• Graphics
• Health Education
• Information Processing and Technology
• Information Technology Systems
• Japanese
• Legal Studies
• Mathematics A
• Mathematics B
• Mathematics C
• Modern History
• Music
• Music Extension
• Physical Education (SPE)
• Physics
• Visual Arts
*Subjects offered are subject to change

Tertiary Pathways

The process of subject selection for senior secondary students enables them to access a number of pathway options leading to tertiary studies or employment on completing Year 12.  A range of of opportunities are available to students for university studies, work placements, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.  The school counsellors assist students in the subject selection process to maximise their tertiary sector opportunities in accordance with their career goals, interests and capabilities


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