The King's School is Australia's oldest independent school. Founded in 1831 by the command of King William IV of England, King's was established as a boys' school that would provide Australia with its next generation of leaders, through a community-centred ethos of humility and service.
We continue to honour this vision and many of the traditions set out so many years before.
Its teaching resources, particularly in the area of boys’ education, boarding and the development of leadership skills, are used around the world.
William Broughton, founder of The King’s School:
“The education received in The King’s School is not for the exclusive benefit of those upon whom it is bestowed, but for that of the entire community.
Those educated at The King’s School should enjoy those advantages of liberal education which can alone expand and invigorate their understandings in the degree which their rank and employment will call for, and give them those enlarged and liberal views of morals and the science of government, those sentiments of independence, and that fixed impression in favour of revealed religion and correct representation of its doctrine, which afford in any country the surest guarantee that its affairs will be well and honestly administered.
We must beware the form of education where the learner, being enabled to make a display of information, is elevated in his opinion to his own powers. Experience proves persons having their memories cultivated at the expense of judgment are prone to contravene all established opinions, to despise the authority of all former times, and to decide without hesitation upon points which have exercised for Ages the minds of the most reflective men.”
A summary timeline
Foundation of the School
Moving and fever
Re-opening, Cadet Corps and Old Boys' Union
Prep School and the House system
Chapel extension and Centenary
Growth, Tudor House, Relocation to Gowan Brae
Student numbers had never been as high and new subjects were introduced, particularly in the arts. It became obvious that the school would have to move if it was to continue to grow. A generous benefaction enabled the School to relocate to “Gowan Brae” in North Parramatta.