Caulfield Grammar School was established on 25 April, 1881

Caulfield Grammar has always been different and innovative. Since its founding by Joseph Henry Davies in 1881 with just nine students, the School has transformed from a conservative boys’ school to a trailblazing co-educational school. With more than 3,500 students from ELC to Year 12 across multiple campuses, Caulfield Grammar is one of the largest independent schools in Australia today.  

Often at the forefront of educational change in Melbourne, innovative approaches to education include Australia’s first Outdoor Education campus at Yarra Junction in 1947, the first Science and Technology Centre in a primary school, the first overseas campus in China in 1998, and the award-winning Year 9 Kakadu Program in Northern Territory. 

At Caulfield Grammar School, there is a palpable sense of pride in the past along with confidence and excitement for the future. With an ever-present focus on innovation, the School remains focused on supporting children now and into the future to develop a ‘Mind for life’. 

Caulfield Grammar students going to school on a horse and cart in the early 1900's

Historical milestones

1881 Rev. J H Davies founds Caulfield Grammar School in Elsternwick, Victoria, with just nine students.

1888 Rev. E.J Barnett becomes the schools second headmaster after Rev. J.H. Davies leaves for Korea as Australia’s first missionary.

1896 W.M. Buntine becomes headmaster, bringing with him 55 boys from the school he founded, Hawksburn Grammar School.

1909 Caulfield Grammar School moves to Glen Eira Rd, St Kilda East, to the modern school building.

1911 First recorded international student, Wilkie Lum, attends from 1911-1916.

Malvern Campus in the 1900's

1913 First recorded international boarder, Charles Ying, attends from 1913-1918. He was also a school prefect.

1931 A school council is formed (School Company) to oversee governance of the school when 3rd Headmaster Mr. W.M. Buntine retires. In the same year, the school celebrates its jubilee.

1947 Caulfield Grammar School establishes Australia’s first rural centre at Yarra Junction, inspiring a model that has since been duplicated by many schools.

1958 Caulfield Grammar School is admitted as a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria.

1961 Caulfield Grammar School affiliated with Malvern Grammar (founded 1890).

Students of Caulfield Grammar School at Malvern Campus in the mid 1900's

1967 Purchase of the land that would later become the site of Wheelers Hill Campus.

1978 A new strategic plan is devised for Caulfield Grammar School‘s future, aiming to realign the curriculum with modern education needs and practical applications, including increased focus on science and technology.

1979 Shaw House, primary campus from 1949 in May Mayfield St. East St. Kilda, closes at the end of the year.

1981 The school celebrates its Centenary and the opening of Wheelers Hill Campus as a co-educational campus.

1993 Female students commence at Caulfield and Malvern campuses.

1997 Kindergarten program for 3-year-olds starts. Opening of four classrooms for year 5 and 6 and Early Learning Centre.

1998 Newton Hall, Nanjing Campus opens in China, Caulfield Grammar School’s fifth campus. This bold vision, led by Caulfield Grammar Schools 8th Principal, Mr. Stephen Newton AO, has set the foundation for authentic international experiences for thousands of Caulfield Grammar School students.

2000 Opening of the Earth Studies Centre, “Wadambawilam”, and the new dairy and Eco Cabins by Dr. Peter Ellyard at Yarra Junction Campus.

2003 New state-of-the-art Early Learning Centre opened at Wheelers Hill Campus.

2005 Twin Halls Project: Identical halls and chapels built at Caulfield Campus (Cripps Centre) and Wheelers Hill Campus (Lindsay Cuming Auditorium) after the Memorial Hall at Caulfield Campus burns down on Cup Weekend 2000.

2006 Caulfield Grammar School celebrates its 125-year anniversary and the book ‘Outside the Square’ is published in commemoration.

2018 Caulfield Grammar School welcomes new Principal Mr Ashleigh Martin and implements a strategic plan to inspire a mind for the future.

2021 Caulfield Grammar School celebrates 40 years of Wheelers Hill Campus and 40 years of co-education at Caulfield Grammar School. See our Anniversary story and video here.

2021 Yarra Junction Campus celebrates 75 years of Education Outdoors and real-life learning experiences.

2021 Kakadu Year 9 Remote Program begins.

2022 Caulfield Grammar School Reconciliation Action Plan launched.

2023 Caulfield Grammar School celebrates 100 years of the House system.

2023 Caulfield Grammar School (CGS) and Shelford Girls’ Grammar School (Shelford) announced in November that the two educational institutions will merge in 2025.