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Application Process and Scholarships

Tibbs House is the only guaranteed means for out-of-zone boys to attend Auckland Grammar School. Located on spacious grounds directly adjacent to the School, Tibbs House provides modern accommodation, study and recreational facilities for 120 boarders.

Our boarders are supported by eight full-time Masters (who offer expertise in a wide range of teaching subjects and activities), a caring team of three Matrons, two Tutors and four additional Academic Tutors.

Tibbs House boarders are the heart of the School and they pursue excellence in the academic, sporting and cultural life of Grammar. Boarding at Auckland Grammar School offers young men access to:

  • An unsurpassed State School education
  • A dual academic pathway of NCEA or Cambridge International Examinations
  • An extensive range of sporting codes at all levels
  • A diversity of musical, cultural and other extracurricular activities
  • A unique combination of academic challenge, sporting endeavour, cultural richness and tradition

Five reasons why you should choose Tibbs House:

  • The School offers a wide range of opportunities across a myriad of sporting, cultural and musical pursuits. Being across the road from Grammar allows boarders ready access, so they can try something new or further their passion whilst knowing that this is only a short-walk away
  • 24/7 medical care is available in the form of our highly skilled Matrons. Even in the middle of the night there is someone there to take care of the boarders
  • We pride ourselves on the high levels of academic support given to our boarders with tutors and Masters onsite to assist boys. Five Prep sessions a week means the focus is on supporting our boarders to achieve the best they can in the classroom
  • Our pastoral support structure means that your son will be under the care of the same Master for his entire boarding journey with us. This relationship is invaluable and it is supplemented by peer-based support systems and a thorough induction programme
  • Developing the character of our boarders via our Well-being and Leadership programme is another key aspect of what makes Tibbs House so special. Students are given the opportunity to not only develop as individuals but they are encouraged to practice what they have learnt as they grow into our leaders of tomorrow

Click here to download the Tibbs House enrolment form for 2022. If you prefer to fill in the application online, please click here.

Tibbs House is always open to applications from candidates at any other level however the main enrolment focus is on Year 8 candidates for Form 3 boarders the following year. Any entry to other year levels is dependent on there being vacancies in those levels.

Applicants to Tibbs House, regardless of form level, should be advised that it is in their best interest to apply before the end of Term 2. Normally, the majority of interviews and offers of placement are completed by the end of August. However, with current COVID restrictions, applications will remain open and interviews will be conducted remotely throughout the rest of this year in preparation for the 2022 academic year.

A common question asked by all parents is “What do we look for?” The Hostel takes into consideration a wide variety of criteria when selecting suitable candidates to become boarders. To ensure an appropriately balanced and harmonious hostel, we look for boys who are good all-rounders who will most likely be strong in a particular area of expertise (academic, cultural, musical, or sporting) but he won’t be picked for this one area alone.

The following gives a general outline of what we look for in potential boarders:

  • Socialable and happy to work with others for the betterment of the group
  • Reliable and already able to demonstrate an understanding of what boarding will be like
  • Students have an established sense of independence balanced with a quiet confidence
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude towards his studies regardless of attainment
  • Engaged and active in a wide range of activities and interests
  • A burgeoning leader within his School or community
  • A family connection, or other association, with the Hostel or School


1) Application

  • An Application Form must be completed using either the online system or by downloading a hard-copy version of the application form
  • An application is a pre-requisite for admission but it is not a guarantee of admission
  • The Application Fee of $50 must be paid at the same time as the Application Form is submitted or an interview will not be offered
  • The Director of Boarding receives all applications and responds with an acknowledgement of receipt of application emailed to all candidates

Click here to download the Tibbs House enrolment form for 2022. If you prefer to fill in the application online, please click here.

If you wish to apply for a spot at Tibbs House in 2023, click here to download the 2023 Tibbs House enrolment form.

2) Interview

  • Interviews occur throughout the year with the majority occurring before September
  • Gaining an interview is not a guarantee of admission
  • Selected candidates are invited to Interview Days. These days include an interview with the Interview Panel (Director of Boarding, Deputy Director of Boarding, and the following year’s Form 3 Boarding Master), a tour of the School and Hostel (accompanied by a Hostel Prefect), and a brief academic test

3) Admission

  • Candidates are contacted within 10 days of their interview as to their application status
  • Interviews continue until all places for the following year are filled
  • All unsuccessful candidates are offered the option of remaining on the waiting list, which apply to all year levels

4) Acceptance

  • When the offer of place is made, an enrolment fee (as set by Tibbs House) must be paid to confirm the place. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid within four weeks of the date when the offer of place was first made
  • Acceptance for one year of entry does not confer the right to defer the year of entry

Click here to download the Tibbs House enrolment form for 2022. If you prefer to fill in the application online, please click here.

Boarding Scholarships to Tibbs House

Auckland Grammar School is proud to offer three boarding scholarships for students at all year levels for 2023. Please note: Year 8 applicants may only apply for one scholarship per year. 

Click here for the 2023 Scholarship application form.

1) Cooper-Connell Boarding Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of two distinguished Old Boys – Sir Henry Cooper ’22 and Barrie Frederick Connell ’44. Sir Henry was a Waiuku boy who attended Grammar on a scholarship and went on to become a highly regarded Headmaster of the School. Barrie was Head Prefect, Dux, captain of the 1st XV Rugby team and a strong supporter of the Old Boys’ Association.

We are looking for students currently in Year 8 who have the potential to achieve excellence in academic endeavours and participate enthusiastically in sporting and cultural activities.

The successful applicants will be from outside the Grammar zone and will be eligible for a half boarding scholarship at Tibbs House for up to five years, renewable annually.

2) Sir John Buchanan Boarding Scholarship

Established by Grammar Old Boy, Sir John Buchanan ’56, in recognition of the role the School played in his development during his secondary school years, this scholarship is to be awarded to a well-rounded young man who will benefit from the competitive educational and sporting environment provided by both the School and its boarding house.

We are looking for students currently in Year 8 (preferably from South Auckland where Sir John grew up) who are potential role models and future leaders. The successful applicant will be eligible for a full five-year boarding scholarship to Tibbs House.

Note: applications for the Sir John Buchanan Scholarship for 2023 have now closed.

3) Sport Scholarship

Auckland Grammar School is offering sports scholarships to students across all year levels. scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding sportsman who will fit the special and unique culture and character of Auckland Grammar School.

The successful applicant will be eligible for a full or partial boarding scholarship to Tibbs House for 2023. Click here to download a PDF document with further information.