The Bishop's School (Pune)

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The Bishop's School
Pune, Maharashtra
Motto Be Thorough!
Established 19th April 1864 (153 years ago) (19th April 1864)
Faculty 320+ staff
Number of students 10,500+ students
Average class size 50 students
Student to teacher ratio 30:1
Campus Camp, Kalyaninagar and Undri
Color(s) Maroon and gold
Slogan Play up Bishops, Never let our colours fall
Affiliations Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

The Bishop's School is an Indian private, unaided (independent) minority school, for boarding and day students between LKG and 12th grade. It is located in Pune, which is the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. It was founded in 1864 by Bishop Harding the Adjutant General of the British Indian Army.The school was envisioned as a self-supporting institution which was founded for the children of Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers stationed at Pune who, not belonging to Regiments, did not have regimental facilities.The First Headmaster was a British Army Corporal, Robert Mansfield.The present officiating principal is Joel Edwin. It is one of India's oldest education institutions. The Bishop's School students and alumni are called "Bishopites" and students, faculty and staff often refer to the school as "Bishop's".



It was established by Lt. Col Sydney T. Stock on 19 April 1864 to cater for the sons of warrant officers and non-commissioned officers of the British Indian Army. The school has since functioned as a Christian Anglo-Indian minority institution.[1] It is located in Pune Cantonment close to MG road. In addition to its day school, Bishop's has a boarding school.

The school has three branches, with the one in Camp being the first and oldest and an all-boys school. The school has opened two branches in the Kalyani Nagar and Undri areas of Pune. These branches, unlike the flagship camp branch, are co-educational.

In the Education World India survey, in 2012, the school was ranked 3rd in Pune, 12th in the state of Maharashtra, and 44th in India.[2]

The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi.


  • Corporal Mansfield- 1864
  • Mr.W.W.Clifford-1865 to 1868
  • Mr.S.Briely-1868 to 1874
  • Mr.H.C.Macnee-1875 to 1900
  • Mr.Dunn-1901 to 1907
  • Mr.Moore- 1908 to 1909
  • Rev.G.Hewith- 1910
  • Mr.A.C.Miller-1910 to 1911
  • Mr.M.T.Hider-1911 to 1919
  • Rev.A.R.Cooper-1919 to 1946
  • Mrs.E.Cooper-1946 to 1947
  • Mr.A.E.Lunn-1947 to 1972
  • Mr.B.W.Roberts-1973 to 1999
  • Mr.F.Freese-1999 to 2017
  • Mr.J.Edwin-2017 (officiating - not confirmed)

Location and branches[edit]

The Bishop's School, Kalyaninagar

The main campus is situated in Pune Cantonment, 2 km from Pune Railway Station. The campus is one of the oldest school campuses in India, and one of the most important landmarks of Pune. Adjacent to the campus is the St. Marys Church built by the British in the 19th century.

Following rapid development of the city and increasing demand for education, the school opened two new branches at Kalyani Nagar and Undri areas of Pune.


The school is administered by a board of governors, traditionally many of its members are or were military officers. They formed the Bishops Education Society. The management council appoints a principal to administer the schools and the society appoints a Headmaster to administer the Camp School.


Mr A.E. Lunn (Principal, The Bishops School, Pune) created the all white school uniform, with a maroon and gold stable belt, which includes a brass buckle emblazoned with the school crest of a Bishop's Mitre and the school motto "Thorough" embossed on the buckle, other items include a maroon blazer with a school crest emblazoned on the top left pocket in the individual's house colour, this changed in the 1960s to a gold school crest with the school motto "Thorough" and the date 1864 to that years date often with personalised information on the owner's status, such as 'House Captain' or 'Prefect'. This was only possible because the school crest was sewn on to the blazer top left pocket. The blazer was initially given to students of class 10 and students of the Junior College only, from the academic year 2016-2017 it was also given to students of class 9.

At some point in the 1970s the school crest was sewn directly onto the blazer pocket, so the title of 'Prefect' now appears on a lapel pin badge. The blazer buttons are silver with a gold school crest on them. The school jumper is maroon v-neck with two gold bands around the neck and waistline of the garment. The school tie is maroon with gold stripes, while school house captains and prefects wear a maroon tie with the gold school crest emblazoned upon it.

After school hours the blues and greys uniforms are worn during free time and recreation. This consists of a blue shirt and grey trousers. For sports and recreational activities individuals wear their house shirts and shorts, which have two stripes of that individual's house colours running along the seams.

House system[edit]

The school started with three houses, Mansfield House (maroon), Harding House (blue), and Arnould House (green). These houses were sufficient because there were only 120 boys and 7 staff members under the Rev A.R. Cooper, who was Principal from 1919 - 1946. Mr A.E. Lunn took over as Principal in 1947.

Mr William J. Wright joined Bishops in 1948 and was appointed the new fourth Bishops House master between 1950 and 1953. There were now four houses: Arnold House (green), Harding House (blue), Mansfield House (maroon) and Bishops House (gold/yellow). Every student on joining Bishops joins one of these four houses. Their individual merits are added up with the rest of the members of the house and at the end of each academic year all the points are added up. The house with the greatest number of points is awarded the title "Cocke House".

In Bishop's Kalyaninagar there are four houses Cooper (green), Freese (blue), Roberts (maroon), and Lunn (gold/yellow).

In Bishop's Undri, there are four houses namely Rae (red), O'Connor (green), Wintle (blue) and Young (gold/yellow).

Grading system[edit]

Instead of deriving a student's percentage at the end of a semester there is a point system. For every bracket of marks a student gets a certain point score is allocated. The student with the least number of points gets to the highest level in class. In the senior classes, students are marked according to the ICSE Board exam pattern in order to provide a picture of their expected performance in the Board exams.


The school provides education up to the 10+2 level (ICSE and ISC). The average percentage of the students is 72 percent, with at least 40 boys scoring above 90 percent in each grade. The percentage of students who pass in this school is 100%.


Sports include badminton, football, cricket, basketball, table tennis, hockey, volleyball, chess and tennis. Many Bishop's alumni have played in the Ranji trophy cricket tournaments. The school has won the PSAAA football cup 18 times and has triumphed in the All India Anglo-Indian football cup three times. It has won the PSAAA cricket cup seven times.

Other sports offered at the school are boxing (one of only two schools in Maharashtra to have it as a part of its regular activities) and athletics. There are long distance runs where juniors run 2.5 km and seniors run 5 km.


the Ranji trophy the Ranji trophy Mr A.E. Lunn, principal of the school, revived the First Pune Bharat Scout Group in the early 1950s, which promoted outdoor activities and community services. The scout troop grew so large, it had to be split into two and the 'B' Troop was formed by Mr Tommy Thompson. The school also had a troop of Cub Scouts for junior individuals.

The Scout Troops were closely allied to the Army School of Physical Training, the National Defence Academy, and the State Reserve Police Force, the Maharashtra State armed paramilitary police force and the military ammunition factory in Kirkee. Because of these connections, the First Pune Bharat Scout Troops, had the distinction of using the military and SRPF firing ranges and test firing all types of munitions including LMGs (Light Machine Guns), HMGs (50 calibre Heavy Machine Guns), and 17 lbs 76mm tank guns, mortars and anti-tank weapons.

It was not unusual to have 13-year-olds, driving and commanding battle tanks on these military weapons training firing ranges under the command of regular military or SRPF officers. The First Pune Bharat Scout troop also had boats, which included a cox eight racing boat.

When the Panshet and Khadakwasla dams burst on the 12 July 1961 causing loss of life in Pune, the Bishops School First Pune Bharat Scout Troops were sent into the affected areas to support the clean up operations.

The school is known for inter school football in which they are almost unbeatable.

Every Friday evening at 21.00 Hrs the school screens a film, which was arranged by Mr Jagos for all the boarders and dayscholars, a tradition that continues to the present day.

The school holds concerts including a joint staff and student play at the end of every academic year that was open to the public, choirs, debates, quiz competitions, essay writing, science fair, art competition, boxing, and gymnastics display.

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