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Our History

Established in 1985, Central Coast Grammar School’s Founding Charter was ‘to be a place of honest endeavour, striving to meet the individual needs of its pupils, and drawing out from them their best efforts in the varied fields in which their talents lie’.

History of the Central Coast Grammar School Erina, Central Coast NSW


CCGS opened its doors on 6 February 1985 with 165 pupils enrolled and a teaching staff of 19. The original few buildings that dotted along the hillside looked forlorn when set within the spacious rolling fields. Original photos show a sea of happy faces, delighted with their ‘country’ setting. Dr Ron Chambers was the Founding Headmaster and led our school through a period of growth until his retirement in 1987.


Mr Richard Lornie (OAM), the school’s Founding Deputy Head, was appointed Headmaster. His 20-year leadership brought CCGS to the forefront of independent education on the Central Coast.


As student numbers exceeded 1000, CCGS was structured into three developmental stages to reflect the differing needs of students as they journey through school: Junior School (K-6), Middle School (7-9) and Senior College (10-12).


Mr William Low became the 3rd Headmaster of CCGS. 


30 years later, we continue to stay true to our Founding Charter. Our community of educators have dedicated themselves to the task set before them – to help every child reach their potential, earning CCGS its reputation as the flagship educational institution within the Central Coast region.

Although we are a non-selective school, our students achieve consistently outstanding results in public examinations. More importantly, we take pride in the young men and women who have passed through our gates and continue to make their mark and contribute significantly to society, both at home and abroad.

Our Motto

Vita et Scientia – Life and Knowledge.  Our school motto and the tree emblem represent the intertwining of life and knowledge and our leafy environment.