Brighton Grammar School

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Brighton Grammar School
90 Outer Crescent
Brighton, Victoria 3186
Coordinates 37°54′18″S 144°59′45″E / 37.90500°S 144.99583°E / -37.90500; 144.99583Coordinates: 37°54′18″S 144°59′45″E / 37.90500°S 144.99583°E / -37.90500; 144.99583
Type Independent, Day
Motto Latin: Meliora Sequamur
(Let us keep pursuing better things)
Denomination Anglican
Established 1882[1]
Founder George Henry Crowther
Headmaster Ross F Featherston
Employees 250[2]
Key people George Henry Crowther (Founder)
Peter Ickeringill (Chairman)
Gender Boys
Enrolment 1,282
Campus size 3 hectares (30,000 m2)[3]
Colour(s) Red and Blue[4]         
Slogan Transforming the way to teach boys

Brighton Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, day school for boys, located in Brighton, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Founded in 1882 by Dr George Henry Crowther, Brighton Grammar has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,282 students from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to Year 12.[2] The majority of students are drawn from the City of Bayside and surrounding suburbs of Brighton, East Brighton, Elsternwick, Hampton, Sandringham, Beaumaris and Black Rock.

The school is affiliated with a number of associations including the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference,[5] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[6] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[7] the Australian Anglican Schools Network,[8] and the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS).[9]


Brighton Grammar School was founded on 14 February 1882, with eight male students. By 1890, 160 boys were in attendance. During the depression of the 1890s, students numbers declined rapidly. The school founder, Dr George Henry Crowther was headmaster until his death in 1918. His son, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Arnold A. Crowther, subsequently assumed the role. Crowther retired in 1924, when Herbert E. Dixon took over. Dixon expanded the school until his retirement in 1938. Geoffrey G. Green was headmaster until 1942. His successor was Phillip St. John Wilson.

In 1958, Brighton Grammar joined the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS), and soon after purchased grounds on the former Brighton Gas Company site, where "Wilson House", now the Junior School, was to be built to accommodate the growing student numbers. The number of boys reached 800 during the 1960s. From 1967-1995, Robert Lancelot Rofe was headmaster. He oversaw a period where some new buildings were erected.

Michael Spencer Urwin was appointed headmaster at the beginning of 1996. He had previously held the position of deputy headmaster at Brisbane Grammar School, and began his term by implementing a curriculum review, a pastoral care system, and a program of modernisation. This also included community education opportunities in out of school hours in order to make the school more inclusive and less parochial. A new senior school library and resource centre, and specialist classroom facilities have been built to upgrade facilities in the senior school as well as the middle school later on.

In 2014 Mr Ross Featherston was appointed as the School’s eighth Headmaster. 2014 also coincided with the opening of the new Middle School – the School’s most ambitious building project to date.


Brighton Grammar School has a close sister school relationship with Firbank Girls' Grammar School, an independent Anglican school for girls. Students of the two schools participate in a range of co-educational activities together.[10] The school also maintains a close relationship with St Andrew's Anglican Church, Brighton.

Crowther Centre for Learning and Innovation[edit]

The Crowther Centre for Learning and Innovation is an organisation run under the auspices of Brighton Grammar School to provide support services for the educational community.[11][12]

House system[edit]

Brighton Grammar School has six houses: Armstrong (White), Crowther (Yellow), Dixon (Blue), Hancock (Green), Rofe (Purple) and School (Red)

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of Brighton Grammar School are commonly referred to as Old Boys or Old Grammarians' and may elect to join the schools' alumni association, the Old Brighton Grammarians' Society (OBGS).[13] Some notable Old Brighton Grammarians include:

Architecture, engineering and technology
Entertainment, media and the arts
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Brighton Grammar School". Find a School. Association of Independent Schools of Victoria. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-18. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Fast Facts". About. Brighton Grammar School. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ Brighton Grammar School Fast Facts
  4. ^ "Club/School Colours". 2002 Zurich Australian Rowing Championships. Rowing Australia. April 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  5. ^ "International Members". HMC Schools. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Professional Development". Victorian Branch. Junior School Heads Association of Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Victoria". AHISA Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Schools". Victoria. Australian Anglican Schools Network. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Conclusions and further research" (PDF). Publications. The Australian Political Studies Association. p. 45. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Firbank Grammar School". About. Brighton Grammar School. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  11. ^ Mobile Learning Devices:Changing Pedagogy
  12. ^ Reading with the iPad - the Difference makes a Difference
  13. ^ "About the OBGS - Community for Life". About Us. Old Brighton Grammarians' Society. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  14. ^ "Sir Lionel Hooke Award" (PDF). Awards. The Institution of Engineering and Technology SA & NT Local Network. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  15. ^ Jones, Philip (2003-10-30). "Bush lover and a law unto himself". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-10-18. [dead link]
  16. ^ Browne, G (2004-06-08). "Argyle, Sir Stanley Seymour". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  17. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "DOVE Barry Robert, His Hon. Judge". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  18. ^ "Appendix 2: Contributors". Upholding the Australian Constitution. The Samuel Griffith Society. 15. Adelaide: The Samuel Griffith Society. 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  19. ^ Browne, G (2004-06-08). "Tovell, Raymond Walter". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  20. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "McINTYRE John Charles, Rt Rev.". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  21. ^ "William Caldwell McClelland". Historic Interments. Brighton Cemetery. 2007-09-15. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 

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