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The Scots College, Bellevue Hill NSW

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The Scots College, Bellevue Hill
53 Victoria Road
Bellevue Hill
New South Wales
The Scots College is a non-selective, Presbyterian, GPS boys’ school for day and boarding students. The College caters for boys from the age of three in the Early Years Centre to Year 12 students studying for their HSC.
Locked Bag 5001 Bellevue Hill 2023
Sydney East
02 9391 7600
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Scots boys grow into fine men.

The Scots College, Bellevue Hill NSW

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Dr Ian PM Lambert
Early Learning, Primary School, Secondary School
Early Years (age three) to Year 12
Available on request from the College
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The Scots College
At Scots, boys learn how to live with brave hearts and bold minds, in the world. The Scots College honours the learning and adventures of boys, providing experiences of excellence to build boys' strength of character.
The Scots College is one of the oldest and most reputable boys' schools in Australia. Scots is a non-selective Presbyterian GPS boys' school for day and boarding students. We draw students from across Sydney, New South Wales and many different nations from around the world.
Scots' Brave Hearts Bold Minds education philosophy recognises the need for a special journey and adventure in the hearts of young boys and men. Our development-stage-relevant models of learning seek to make every day in a Scots boy's life part of an exciting adventure. Our College vision is singularly focused on the education, nurture and development of fine Scots boys who will generously learn, lead and serve in the community.

The Scots College’s state-of-the-art facilities and innovative boy-centred curriculum and programs combine to create an atmosphere of excellence where boys are inspired to learn, lead and serve as they strive for excellence together.

Specialist facilities include the Graeme Clark Centre for Innovation in the Sciences, 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 technology platforms to inspire the best from students and teachers and transform the educational experience.

The 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. It is a learning hub where students come together to research, connect and create knowledge and share ideas through Information Communication Technology.

The Centenary Centre houses the College’s highly regarded Music Department and the Christian Studies Department. Other facilities within the Centre include the acoustically beautiful Coote Theatre auditorium and an amphitheatre for outdoor performances and meetings.

Specialist music facilities include a recording studio, computer keyboard laboratories, rehearsal rooms for ensembles, specialist music classrooms, teaching studios for instrumental staff and practice rooms.

Scots’ Sports Science Lab, used during Science and PDHPE classes, is equipped with technologies that quantify performance measures, metabolic rates and body compositions.
Scots boys learn in an atmosphere of excellence within a culture of high expectations where they can become creative, confident, aspirational and accomplished learners.

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

An innovative, colourful and adventurous curriculum informed by Reggio Emilia principles awaits the youngest Scots boys as they enter the Early Years Centre and Early Learning Centre, within the Preparatory School, harnessing their natural curiosity, energy and desire for exploration.

As they progress in the Preparatory School, young boys become ‘fine Scots boys’. Boys are encouraged to develop genuine wisdom through insight based on empathy, an understanding of humanity and the importance of interdependence in the world in which they live.

Adventure is core to a boy’s experiences in his early Senior School years. In these years, there is a focus on collaborative learning. Boys develop an expansive view of their world and become increasingly aware of what it means to be a global citizen, to be respectful of different cultures and to take responsibility in one’s community.

As boys develop autonomy, emphasis shifts to the acquisition of major scholarly ways of thinking. Students are exposed to literary, scientific, mathematical, historical, cultural and artistic approaches to understanding our world, advancing their understanding through a variety of increasingly sophisticated opportunities to demonstrate their accomplishments in unfamiliar, unstructured contexts.

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.

Click here to read more about the Co-Curricular Program at Scots.

Sport is synonymous with the Scots experience, encouraging boys to discover personal strength born of competition and camaraderie. Boys compete in a number of competitions, including the AAGPS (Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales).

The following sports are offered at the College:


  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Snowsports
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo


Click here to read more about Sport at The Scots College.

Boarders have been a vital part of the Scots community for over a century.

Boarding at Scots, available from Year 5 onwards, offers a high quality education in a safe and nurturing environment, where your son is supported to reach his full potential. As a boarder, your son will stay at one of our five Boarding Houses where he will be provided with strong pastoral care and individual attention, while experiencing the joys of being a part of his House 'family'.

Click here to read more about boarding at Scots.

Pastoral Care features prominently in all aspects of College life and in the day-to-day experiences of each individual in our community. The Scots College has a strong pastoral care ethos and is committed to looking after the needs of boys and nurturing their growth and development within a safe and caring environment. Pastoral care and student welfare programs are whole-school in nature. The health, well-being and safety of students is measured and managed through a carefully planned T-12 pastoral care system and is embedded within the curriculum, the House system, the Tutor program, staff professional development and other key policies that guide procedures throughout the College.

The Quest for Excellence through adventure, curiosity, creativity and growth.

Our Faith and Tradition which inspire truth, honour, loyalty and commitment.

Leadership through Teams in a spirit of service, compassion, fun and community.
In keeping with the challenge of our Christian foundation, Scots boys will be fine young men of integrity and principle who support each other in their quest for excellence.
In seeking to serve God faithfully, The Scots College exists to inspire boys to learn, lead and serve as they strive for excellence together.

Each year a number of means-tested Academic and Music Scholarships are awarded by the College.

Means-tested bursaries are also available to boys entering Years 7 to 11.

In order to apply for a Bursary all applicants must have completed the enrolment process and have been offered and accepted a confirmed position at the College

Click here to read more about scholarships and bursaries.

The Scots Advantage

Click the link above to view Old Boy profiles. 


Glengarry – Outdoor Education Program

The Glengarry Outdoor Education Program is a two term residential experience undertaken by Year 9 boys.
Located in the pristine Kangaroo Valley, two hours south west of Sydney, Glengarry provides a learning environment with the highest level of ORIC accreditation with extensive state-of-the-art safety and risk management procedures.
The Glengarry outdoor education activities include:
  • Run and ride program
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Camping - living off the land
  • Canoeing and (sea) kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Hiking
  • Caving
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
The Glengarry experience is a defining period in the boys' lives and is often recalled by Old Boys of the College as the highlight of their time at Scots.


Bannockburn – Experiential Education Program

The Bannockburn Experiential Education Program is a unique context in which Scots boys are provided with activity-based learning, enabling students to experience and apply critical social, language, practical and relational skills.
Bannockburn is comprised of a number of properties that were consolidated over the years 1972 to 2014. Bannockburn covers approximately 230 hectares; the property has a boundary of 10 kilometres and enjoys a two kilometre frontage to the Crookhaven River, located near Jervis Bay. 

The Scots College provides subsidised private bus services to students from Monday to Friday. Please click here to view the available bus routes.

Government 'School Special' buses travel daily to and from College from Rose Bay, Randwick Junction, Maroubra Junction, Maroubra Beach, Bondi Junction and Edgecliff.

Transport from the inner west is by train, changing at Town Hall, to Edgecliff Station. A 'School Special' bus will take students from Edgecliff Station to The Scots College.

To read more about transport to the College, please click here.

The Scots College is more than just a school for boys.

Academic excellence is critically important, and our record demonstrates our success. But Scots aims for an even higher goal. We prepare boys to succeed in a world that is constantly being reinvented.

Our deep understanding into how boys grow and learn is captured in our Brave Hearts Bold Minds philosophy. This means we support every boy, at every stage of development, to become confident, well-grounded young man of integrity. They will become the fine young men of the next generation who will, in their turn, reinvent their world. This is why academic success alone does not prepare boys for the future. A strong sense of identity, values, and character is vital.

The College has intentionally chosen a path where active learning works with academic excellence. Our local, national and international programs, inspire our boys to become principled, compassionate and engaged citizens of their College, their community and their world.

Our Christian mission and values frame our quest to nurture wise young men, with a worldview that encompasses knowledge of the past, perceptive insight into the present and innovative thinking about our global future together.

This is The Scots Advantage.

Scots to the fore!

Dr Ian PM Lambert
Principal, The Scots College
BA, Grad Dip, MA, PhD, MACE

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