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The Scots College

Scots Boys grow into fine men

At The Scots College, we strive to foster leadership, character and spirit through experiences of excellence that define the brave hearts and bold minds in every Scots boy.

Our vision is singularly focused on the education, nurture and development of fine Scots boys. The Scots College has nurtured generations of fine young men since it was established in 1893.

We seek to inspire our students through the example set by generations of great men and Scots Old Boys who now lead, learn and serve in the community.

“Every day in a boy’s life should be part of an exciting adventure. He should be challenged and know the true joy of achieving worthy and ambitious goals through the efforts of the teams of which he is a valued member” –Dr Ian PM Lambert, The Scots College Principal.

Learning at Scots

The Scots College boys learn in an atmosphere of excellence within a culture of high expectations where they can become creative, confident and accomplished learners.

The Brave Hearts Bold Minds educational philosophy provides learning experiences that are structured according to the needs of the boys, rather than their age of year level.

An innovative, colourful and adventurous curriculum informed by Reggio Emilia principles awaits the youngest boys at the Scots College in the Early Years and Early Learning Centres. As they progress to the Preparatory School, little boys become ‘fine Scots boys’. They develop autonomy and the emphasis shifts to more scholarly ways of thinking.

In the Senior School, boys are challenged to develop strategies for solving problems. An extensive Honours program enables selected students to undertake extension and enrichment in a number of disciplines.

At the Scots College, teachers serve as classroom coaches to bring out students’ best performance and help them kick their academic goals. The Thinking Sportsman model focuses on learning in teams and encourages boys to be responsible for their own learning. Teachers encourage a spirit of willingness and focus on building a culture of empowerment in the classroom in which boys can thrive.

Scots boys graduate as fine young men with courage and conviction in the world who will lead, learn and serve in the community.

Co-Curricular and Sport Programs

The Scots College has a commitment to inspire and extend the interests, talents and skills of boys. A wide range of Co-Curricular Programs that can be passionately pursued at every stage of the Scots journey.
These include Music, Drama, Dance, Cadets, Pipes and Drums, Community Service, Chess,
Debating and Public Speaking, Photography, Film, Media and Audio Visual.

The Co-Curricular Program exposes boys to the concept of what it means to be a global citizen and creates opportunities for them to be active and engaged in the world.

The philosophy driving the Program is a student-centred approach. It is the interests and development of the boys, which is central to each Co-Curricular program and the activities provided. Members of staff work hard to ensure that this student-centred approach is embedded in planning and implementation of each program. Boys choose the stream and activities they want to engage in, with staff who are outstanding in their teaching and tutoring.

Sport is synonymous with the Scots experience, encouraging boys to discover personal strength born of competition and camaraderie. The College is a member of the Athletic Association of the Greater Public Schools (AAGPS), which provides opportunities for boys to compete in prestigious inter-school competitions.

Summer sports include Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis and Water Polo. In winter, students can participate in Athletics, Cross Country, Football, Rifle Shooting, Rugby, Snowsports and Volleyball.


The Scots College strives to provide a learning environment where adventure is at the heart of our boys’ experience. Adventure involves a quest fuelled by curiosity and passion in search of something significant and inspires one to strive for excellence.

The Glengarry Outdoor Education Program is the cornerstone of The Scots College’s philosophy of honouring the learning and adventures of boys. It is inspired by the vision to provide defining chapters for our boys as they grow into men.

This program has the highest level of ORIC (Outdoor Recreation Industry Council) accreditation available. Year 9 boys spend two terms living at the Glengarry campus in the Kangaroo Valley.

The academic program is supported by outdoor education, leadership, co-curricular and sporting programs which are designed to challenge and extend boys.

State-of-the-art Facilities

State-of-the-art facilities and an innovative boy-centred curriculum and program combine to create an atmosphere of excellence at the Scots College.

The Graeme Clark Centre for Innovation in the Sciences is designed to promote in the hearts and minds of Scots boys a love and appreciation of the sciences. This Maths and Science Centre provides leading infrastructure and technological platforms to inspire the best from students and teachers.

The Library and Digital Resource Centre (Stevenson Library) is a vibrant learning place in the Senior School where the quest for knowledge and exploration of the world of digital media is cultivated.

The Centenary Centre houses the College’s highly regarded Music Department and the Christian Studies Department. This specialist facility includes a recording studio, computer keyboard laboratories and specialist music classrooms.

Scots’ Sports Science Lab, used during Science and PDHPE classes is equipped with technologies that quantify performance measures, metabolic rates and body compositions. The science lab features a gold standard ‘Bod Pod’ – the only technology of its kind within NSW – which measures the body composition by means of air displacement.


For more than a century, boys have been boarding at The Scots College and remain an integral part of the Scots community. Boarding is available from Years 5 to 12 where an excellent Pastoral Care Program, individual attention, resident House tutors and Housemasters provide high quality education and care in a safe and nurturing environment.

Boarders are assigned to one of The Scots College’s five boarding houses where they experience the joys of being a part of a House ‘family’. Parents are kept informed of their son’s daily progress through Pipeline – the College’s innovative, real time information service.

International students are a valued part of the Scots community. The Scots College provides a secure, quiet study environment for students to achieve excellence with their Boarding House family under the watchful eye of teachers and a House tutor.

The College also offers casual boarding places and a day boarding facility where students remain at the College to complete their homework prior to being collected by their parents.

The Scots College

Victoria Road
Bellevue Hill, NSW 2023
Phone: +61 2 9391 7600
Fax: +61 2 9327 6947



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Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Combined
  • Gender: Boys
  • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Early Learning: Yes
  • Indigenous Education: Yes
  • International Students: Yes


Key Information
Principal: Dr Ian PM Lambert
Established: 1893
Number of students: 1821
Number of Boarders: 250

Information Days: 
To make a booking or enquiry email: 
or call +612 9391 7600.
Or visit:
Information Mornings | The Scots College

For Further Information:
or call +612 9391 7668

Scholarships and Bursaries:
The Scots College provides a range of means tested scholarships and bursaries. 
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