Why a Boys' School?

Single-sex schools have some powerful advantages over schools that educate both boys and girls.

Boys’ schools are able to develop their facilities and design their programs to meet the specific educational needs of the young men in their care.

"In educating boys, we are able to tailor our academic, wellbeing and co-curricular programs specifically for the needs and interests of young men," says Knox's Deputy Headmaster 7-12 Academics, Matthew Robertson. "What we truly value about working with boys is their passion, their friendly nature and their humour. They value connection, they want to be engaged and when given autonomy, they flourish. They are naturally inquisitive and energetic. They value mateship, collegiality and challenge and they typically love competition."

Research in recent years has revealed significant differences in brain functioning between boys and girls. Boys approach their learning in a different way to girls and are therefore best taught separately.

"Our teachers truly enjoy working with boys as they know that the boys when motivated and purposeful will partner with them on a lifelong learning journey," says Matthew. "Our staff derive immense joy from the achievements of young men and they value having the opportunity to send into the world, men who will make a positive impact on the lives of others."

Studies in schools themselves have revealed that a significant number of boys in co-educational schools are less likely to achieve to the best of their ability compared to their counterparts in boys’ schools. Overall, NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) results indicate that some of the best results come from single-sex schools.

"All students express an unmeasurable sense of gratitude for the gift the teachers give us, in their commitment to working alongside us, helping to guide and support us to reach our full potential," says Knox's School Captain, Zoltan Reed.

By attending a boys’ school such as Knox, students are more likely to achieve academically and embrace a greater range of co-curricular experiences than they would in a co-educational school.



The School recognises the critical importance of providing co-educational learning leadership and social opportunities for our students. Every student at Knox is involved in many co-educational programs throughout their time at the School.

Knox has relationships with many local girls’ schools, offering programs including:

  • Knox Cadet Unit with Ravenswood School for Girls
  • Knox Pymble Swim Club
  • Performing Arts experiences (such as theatre and drama performances)
  • Social Justice tours (for example, Cambodia Immersion)


Knox Prep Careers Webinar


In September 2023, we asked our community to join us for a live webinar event: to meet key staff members, learn about Knox Preparatory Grammar School, and ask questions. The webinar was aimed at those you might be thinking about a career change, and considering applying for a teaching position at Knox Prep.

The Knox Prep Careers Webinar saw speakers including Headmaster Scott James; Head of Knox Preparatory School, Sue Floro; Director of People and Culture, Leanne Edmond; along with current Knox Prep staff share invaluable insights about working at Knox.

The evening focused on Knox Preparatory School, with future webinars to showcase our Senior School, Boarding School and Wahroonga Preparatory School.

Roles at Knox Prep include full-time, part-time, term-time and casual contracts.

To watch a recording of the live webinar, please see below.

Knox Prep Careers Webinar



Interested in working at Knox? Please view our current vacancies here. To be considered for future roles at the School, we also encourage you to submit an expression of interest via our People and Culture team at peopleandculture@knox.nsw.edu.au.