Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, St Andrew’s Cathedral School is a vibrant, coeducational Kindergarten to Year 12 school with a strong academic program, extensive opportunities for involvement in sport, music and the performing arts and a nurturing student wellbeing program; all set within a cosmopolitan cityscape. We have strong, innovative policies built on diversity and acceptance that nurture each student’s unique learning style within a framework of Christian values. Student and staff relationships are built on mutual respect, with students encouraged and supported throughout their learning journey.
Junior and Middle School facilities in St Andrew’s House offer immediate undercover access from Town Hall Train Station. The school is easily accessible throughout the Sydney metropolitan area using public transport. Many parents travel in with their children on their way to and from work. The school also offers a buddy program for younger Junior School students, pairing them with an older student who looks after them as they travel to school.
St Andrew's has three main campuses, plus a campus within a campus. There is the Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6), which has a busy and productive working environment, facilitated by smaller class sizes, a unique rooftop playground, open-plan interactive areas and glass walled classrooms.
Then there is Gawura, a campus within the school that caters for up to 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Kindergarten to Year 6. Literacy and numeracy are a core education focus within a context that maintains the cultural significance of students’ Indigenous backgrounds.
Then there is the Middle School campus for Years 7 to 9 students, where students are nurtured to grow in their independent learning and life skills. A large number of co-curricular opportunities are offered from Year 7.
Then there is the Senior College for Years 10 to 12. Learning is situated in the Bishop Barry Senior College, which provides a collegiate style campus tailored specifically to learning needs for Years 10 to 12. Students can choose to study the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Years 11 and 12.
St Andrew's has a strong and supportive school community based on understanding, compassion and mutual respect between students and staff, with values of grace, integrity and justice at the core of daily learning. Our vision is to inspire students to be passionate, creative learners who engage with the message of Christ and fully develop their gifts and abilities in order to serve in the world.
The school Houses constitute a major structural and pastoral role within the school, with each student a member of one of eight houses. Not only are Houses used in competitions such as sport and debating, but as an opportunity for individual academic development, via small, House-based tutor groups that all students meet with on a weekly basis. This fosters greater inter-year relationships and a culture of care between students as they assist one another both in and out of the classroom.
St Andrew's has an exceptional reputation in drama, art and music, with over 40 music ensembles, aimed at a range of skill levels, integrated with outstanding performance opportunities that include Cathedral events, musicals, interstate and international tours. Drama facilities include an in-house Black Box theatre and open theatre-style classrooms. There are a variety of annual productions for Middle School and Senior College, as well as International Baccalaureate productions and interschool Theatresports competitions.
The school’s home sporting facilities are located at Sydney University, (including St Andrew’s Oval) and the nearby Wentworth Park. On-site facilities include a gymnasium, basketball courts and cricket nets as well as a fully-equipped weights room. A large variety of sports are offered.
St Andrew's has one of the country's most comprehensive outdoor education programs which contrasts the school's city learning environment. Age appropriate programs commence in Year 3 and make use of the school's 90-hectare Kirrikee site in the Southern Highlands, as well as more specific Senior College expeditions – the 21-day Kosciusko to Bass Strait hike, mountain biking in New Zealand, canoeing on the Murray, cross-country skiing and community service projects in central Australia.