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Our history

Tudor House is one of the oldest Independent Schools in NSW and opened its doors in October 1897, under Headmaster Wilfred Inman, with just six students in the Erowol estate in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.

From the early days of the School, the desire to extract the experiences that outdoor activities and curriculum delivers continued as imperatives of future Headmasters.

The need for more grounds at the School proved challenging within the limitations of a rapidly developing city. In 1902, the bold decision was made to move to the Southern Highlands to the site we know today as Tudor House, which allowed for the further development of its unique educational philosophy.

The expansive grounds of 169 acres enabled the boys to extend their sporting skills, playing traditional sports in addition to new ones such as golf. Beyond sports, boys had the opportunity to apply practical skills and knowledge to their rural roots, and could agist their horses onsite.

In 1925 the School was accepted as a Sydney Diocesan School, and John Medley was appointed as the new Headmaster in 1931.

The School continued to flourish. By 1937 there were 80 boys, and a waiting list. The Headmaster’s approach to developing a holistic educational philosophy was ahead of the time. His vision to engage the enquiring minds of the boys outside the classroom, led to the introduction of Astronomy and the Foreign Affairs Group, needlework and Scouts.

The King’s School began its formal association with Tudor House in 1942 with many of the Year 6 boys continuing their education at The King’s School, Senior School in North Parramatta.

Through a succession of Headmasters, the transformation of the School progressed under the leadership of Headmaster, Bob Darke. Despite the introduction of new technologies and changing classroom practices, the approach to a holistic education for boys continued.

In 2017, Tudor House entered a new era with the first enrolment of girls.

The School now enrols boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 as day students and Boarders from Years 3-6.

Daily life at Tudor House is anything but dull, with many more activities to extend a student’s journey of self-discovery including billy cart driving, bike riding and yabby fishing.

Today the original intent to build the character of the students beyond the confines of a traditional classroom continues through an extensive range of learning opportunities.

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