About TIGS


We believe a good education is not solely about an examination score.

School should be about far more than a number. It is about growing each day, building on the learnings of the day before.

Students stretching their minds, training their bodies, caring for others, and growing in faith; growing stronger each day.

The Illawarra and the world need new types of leaders, at work, within the community, and at home. This new generation of leaders calls for an enhanced set of skills and intelligences that a curriculum-only approach cannot provide. We need leaders who can stand against the headwinds of life. We need leaders of character and curiosity, compassion and connection, critical thinking and courage.

To take students from strength to strength, a school needs to be consistent, creative, and customised.

The Illawarra and the world need strong leaders.

Strong leaders need a strong school — TIGS Strong.

The Illawarra Grammar School aims to nurture and educate young people in accordance with the doctrines, tenets, beliefs and teachings of the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney.

TIGS Mission Statement

The achievement of Academic excellence in a Caring environment that is founded on Christian belief and behaviour, so that students are equipped to act with wisdom, compassion and justice as faithful stewards of our world.


“De Virtute in Virtutem” – From Strength to Strength

From Psalm 84:7


Principal’s Welcome

Principal, Mrs Judi Nealy, provides an insight into the educational approach at TIGS and how our programmes benefit our students as they progress to tertiary study and beyond.


Leaders of the School


Mrs Judi Nealy

Appointed as the eighth Principal of The Illawarra Grammar School in September 2018, Mrs Nealy is an advocate for the inquiry-based learning approach offered Read more

Deputy Principal and Chaplain

Rev. James Rogers

Rev. Rogers is an experienced and enthusiastic educational leader with a deep passion for learning. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Read more

Head of Senior School

Mr Nick Hackett

Mr Hackett joined TIGS in 2019. He has taught and led schools in NSW and throughout the United Kingdom. He has an innate curiosity and a personal love Read more

Head of Junior School

Ms Geneva Clayton

Ms Clayton commenced at TIGS as Head of Junior School in 2019.  Ms Clayton is a highly regarded educator and leader with a deep passion for educational excellence Read more

Deputy Head of Senior School

Mrs Naomi Sullivan

Mrs Sullivan is an experienced educator devoted to supporting the health and wellbeing of young people. She draws on her experience in the areas of PDHPE Read more

Deputy Head of Junior School, and PYP Coordinator, Junior School

Mrs Karen Wallace

Mrs Wallace is a dedicated and dynamic Junior School educator, who is committed to setting and achieving high expectations for all students. With over 30 years of Read more


Strong Success
Strong Futures

Our 2022 graduates are an exceptional group of students who achieved outstanding results in this year’s HSC. They are to be commended for their growth across all areas of their learning at TIGS. We invite you to share in their stories of success in the academic realm, and celebrate their talents and achievements in creative and performing arts. We congratulate the Class of 2022 who are ready to take on the world! We are confident that your achievements will inspire future generations of strong students at TIGS.

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Strategic Plan



Our History

The Illawarra Grammar School was founded in 1959 through the concerted efforts, vision and energy of the late Bishop Gordon Begbie and a dedicated band of ‘founding parents‘ who firmly believed in the need for a regional Anglican School to be based in the Illawarra.

The vision and philosophy of those families to fully develop young people spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically in order that they might enter society with strong Christian foundations to lead and serve are still followed today.

TIGS Through the Years


From humble beginnings where 28 students sat in the School Hall of St Mark’s Anglican Church, in February 1959, TIGS now has over 900 students from Pre-Preparatory to Year 12. This kind of long term growth and expansion is only made possible with the considered governance of the School Council, who oversee the School’s Mission and Strategic Vision. The School Council are not involved with the day-to-day activities of the School, but rather ensure that the overarching policies and frameworks are rigorous and accountable. The majority of Council members are elected by the Synod, and have a wide range of experience in professional and community leadership.


Working at TIGS

We are an Anglican independent school situated near Wollongong, renowned as a dynamic educational centre focused on forming capable, self-confident young individuals. As a co-educational school, we encourage our students to build lasting relationships, and provide a warm learning environment where children benefit from our core values to be academic, Christian and caring.

We are an equal opportunities employer, seeking to appoint suitably qualified staff who are committed to excellence in their work and the ethos of our School. Whether in the classroom or administration – we seek those who can contribute to our academic programmes and embrace the broader life of the School. Employment screening of applicants will apply.

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