Frequently Asked Questions
The answers to many of the questions you have about Tudor House can be found on this page. If you can’t find the answer you want, or would like additional information on any topic, please email us or call the School Office on 02 4868 0000.
What makes Tudor House special?
We are the only independent boys primary school in the Southern Highlands, and the only stand-alone upper-years primary boarding school for boys in Australia! We have been specializing in boys’ holistic education for over 115 years. We have a unique blend of tradition guiding innovation. From our pages flow famous Australians. Your son will tread the pathways luminaries such as Patrick White, Robert Klippell, Malcolm Fraser, Jamie Packer, Ed Cowan (opener for Australia), Ross Reynolds (former Wallaby) have all journeyed down. All our boys eat together at table in our traditional dining room, learning manners. Situated on 160 acres, our school offers space, with cattle, sheep, chickens and vegetable garden. Tudor boys have a great sense of freedom, as they explore our wonderland. Our small classes benefit from state-of-the-art technology. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard, audio-visual teaching aides and break-out rooms. We offer specialist lessons, in purpose-built rooms with highly professional teaching staff. Our focus on academic success is balanced with a respect for play. Tudor House draws together local boys, with country boys with metropolitan boys, establishing friendships that last a lifetime.
What is special about your academic offering?
Tudor House believes in boys. Our academic programme is carefully designed. Learning Central is our academic program, running from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Our timetable is structured around protected blocks every morning for teaching English and Maths. We offer a scholars' gifted and talented program to assist our top-end boys; and we offer specialized learning programs for students needing additional support. We focus on the NSW Board of Studies syllabuses, but integrate ground-breaking theories from around the world. Boys have specialist subjects in woodwork, music, visual art, religion, library, and computers. Learning Central emphasizes the importance of building successful learning habits and attitudes. We have a unique teaching and learning model that directs our teaching. All our teachers participate in spotlight lessons: lessons that are planned around our quality teaching template and observed by colleagues. Boys are regularly assessed and progress reported. We have Plus Scores progress reports every half-term, and full academic reports every semester. Our academic reports include three-way interviews, giving the student greater responsibility for their learning, and portfolios of work samples.
What is The Adventure?
Childhood is meant to be fun. We offer one acre per boy! In a technologically orientated world, the simple pleasures of being able to roam hills, creeks and orchards for many schools have been forgotten. Not at Tudor. Tudor is a boys’ wonderland. The boys are encouraged to do the things once taken for granted - to climb trees, to ride bikes, to fall over and to get up, to make mistakes, to get dirty, to camp and to grow gardens. Boys learn in a variety of ways and the challenges in and out of the classroom allow for all boys and their development. We offer experiences that last a lifetime. Kite Day and Billy Cart Derby Day make us different. We let boys be boys.
What is special about boarding at Tudor?
In today's world, boarding school for primary boys is a caring service of which we are very proud. We offer residential care for boys in upper primary. This draws in rural boys who, without boarding, would not have access to our remarkable holistic learning programmes. Boarding at Tudor House is based on the principle that it should act as an extension of the child's family. Our House has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which provides a happy and structured environment for boarders and their families.
We believe our focus on boarding offers primary aged boys opportunities that cannot be supported at home. We offer mates, incredible support staff, quality teaching and facilities that can be enjoyed. There is a real sense of freedom - we have over 160 acres of space! We develop the emotional, social and cognitive dimensions of a well-rounded character.
At Tudor House, we strongly believe our House offers boys brothers. As such it should be fun and social. The facilities and opportunities it offers boys are wide-ranging. One fundamental factor lies at the heart of all we do, which is that we are sharing a great joy - the development and life of a child. Mr Chris Trotter lives on site with his wife, Renee, and two young daughters. Chris’s role involves a teaching role - teaching English and HSIE - but it is focused on our Boarders. Chris works over the weekend to ensure our program is consistent and caring. A range of activities are calendarised, ranging from bushwalks, camp cooking, and bike rides to ice skating, attending sporting events in Sydney, movie trips, excursions to the beach, and fishing outings. We offer opportunities to extend our boys’ experiences. We all work tirelessly to retain open communication and caring support for all our boarders' families. This is a fun House, it is a happy house - it is Our House.
We are proudly a centre of excellence. Tudor House has invested over the last few years in technology that supports learning and teaching. Every classroom is fully equipped with interactive whiteboards, audio-visual aides, and has a bank of computers equipped with printers and software. We have banks of laptop computers on trolleys. We are connected with The King’s School, giving our small school access to the best technology available. Our library is fully equipped with workstations, interactive whiteboards and video-conferencing technology. We have a specialized computer lab, and computers is a specific lesson all classes have timetabled every week. We have a 10MB line, allowing for rapid download times and video streaming. Our boys all have access to leading educational software, including Mathletics and Accelerated Reader.
What are the advantages of an all boys school?
An all boys education means we focus and specialize. We celebrate how boys learn differently. We have tailored our timetable and lessons to best meet a boy’s learning style. This means we offer opportunities for hands-on active learning. We have direct instruction programs (Spelling Master and Maths Mastery), which support common auditory processing problems experienced by many boys. We are more focused on boy-friendly resources and topics. Our teachers undergo regular professional development on the latest research into boys’ minds and learning styles.
An all boys education addresses the many detrimental issues present in co-educational schools. With 115 years experience – we know boys!
Can I please make an appointment to meet the headmaster?
We would love to show you our school and set up a time for you to discuss your son’s future with John Stewart, our Headmaster. Please contact Mr David Musgrove our Director of Enrolments by email, or call him on 02 4868 0008.
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available on an annual basis. There is a testing day, where all boys attempting entry into our scholars’ class sit an examination in numeracy and literacy. The test paper is designed by the Headmaster, and is based on the United Kingdom’s Common Entrance tests. The Headmaster personally marks every test and provides extensive feedback on every boy. Our scholarships offer up to 100% off Learning Central fees for successful candidates.
How long are the waiting lists?
There are limited spaces available. Our class sizes are capped at 25 in upper primary and are much lower in younger years. Kindergarten is capped at 20. We will not operate classes larger, so enrolment is dependent on a space being available. Our major intake years are in Year 3 and Year 5. Parents commonly register their interest many years before enrolment with a small deposit. To enquire about availability, please contact our Director of Enrolments or call (02) 4868 0008.
What are your typical class sizes?
We are focused on supporting learning outcomes. Our classes are structured to give of our best and to draw out a boy’s best. To this end, we have the following class sizes:
- Kindergarten – one stream of 15 boys
- Year One – one stream of 15 boys
- Year Two – one stream of 20 boys
- Year Three – one stream of 25 boys
- Year Four – one stream of 25 boys
- Year Five – two streams of 25 boys
- Year Six – two streams of 25 boys
Scholars’ Class – can vary but our focus is on 15 selected students from Years Five and Six
Do you have a gifted and talented program?
We have a specialised scholars’ class, which is a key element of our gifted and talented provision. There is a purpose-built classroom, situated in the library – which gives access to our wide-range of resources and books. This class draws together like-minds every morning for literacy and numeracy lessons. The boys in our scholars’ class come from the upper primary years. All have to sit a scholarship paper to earn their place.
What are your fees?
We offer one annual fee for Learning Central (previously Tuition) and this includes Food for Learning (morning tea and lunch). There is a small annual Resource Fee. We also offer optional Learning for Life programs that are costed separately. Boarding fees are separate to Learning Central. Please refer to the Fees page for detailed information.
What is Learning for Life and can my child attend?
Learning for Life is a unique programme offered only at Tudor House. It is a thoughtfully designed holistic after school learning programme. Learning for Life offers a wide selection of opportunities, ranging from outdoor education to creative arts. Learning for Life offers great flexibility. Children can choose topics that suit their interest for a specific term or week. Parents can choose one night or four nights. Learning for Life is a registered after school care program, and so parents can access government rebates. It is open to all children of primary school age in the Southern Highlands – boys and girls. More information can be found here.
What age do you offer boarding from?
We offer boarding to boys in upper primary. Boarding is a privileged opportunity – we will be selective. The major program starts in Year Five, but we do support boys a little younger if appropriate. All boarding spaces are by interview so we can assess a candidate’s suitability. We do not offer boarding to boys needing behaviour support. To find out more, please go to our section on Boarding.
Do you offer a before and/or after school care program?
Tudor House has an educationally sound and carefully defined after school learning programme called Learning for Life. This programme runs from Monday to Thursday (3:45 – 6:00pm). There is a refreshment break with afternoon tea (4:45 – 5:00pm). Learning for Life employs specialist staff to teach a broad range of activities that are tailored toward outdoor education, sport and creative arts. It is registered with the NSW Department of Community Services, and offers rebates to parents. All our staff have a mandated Working with Children check. Parents can collect children after the first interval (4:45 – 5:00pm) or at the conclusion (6:00pm). Parents can also request to have their child stay on as part of our boarding support, which includes home-baked dinners.
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