Scots School, Bathurst

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The Scots School
The Scots School crest. Source: (The Scots School website)
Bathurst, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°25′48″S 149°37′02″E / 33.43000°S 149.61722°E / -33.43000; 149.61722Coordinates: 33°25′48″S 149°37′02″E / 33.43000°S 149.61722°E / -33.43000; 149.61722
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Motto Middle English: Trouthe and Honor, Fredom and Curteisie
(Truth and Honour, Freedom and Courtesy)
Denomination Presbyterian
Established 1946
Headmaster Mr David Gates (2011) Previously Mr Tim Richards (2010)
Employees ~36[1]
Enrolment ~380 (K–12)[1]
Colour(s) Blue, Black & Gold

The Scots School, Bathurst (commonly referred to as Scots), is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school, with campuses in Bathurst and Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia. The school is administered by a school board appointed by the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales.

Scots currently caters for approximately 280 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, including 80 boarders.[1]

Scots has a Pipes and Drums band which went to Scotland in August 2008 to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships. The band also came 2nd in the Australian Pipe Band Championships.


The property on which the Bathurst campus now stands was built in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Originally called "Karralee", it was owned by cattle and horse breeder John Lee. It is located in Kelso, New South Wales It was bought by William Arnott of Arnotts Biscuits in the 1930s as a home for his daughter.

In 1942, The Scots College in Sydney leased the property for the relocation of its students from Bellevue Hill, Sydney, because of the fear of Japanese naval bombardment. The Scots College operated in Bathurst until 1945 when it moved back to Sydney. However many boys from central New South Wales were enrolled in the school and their parents asked the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales to continue the school at Bathurst. Consequently, the Trustees bought "Karralee" and established the Scots School, Bathurst.

The Scots School Pipes and Drums were formed in the 1950s. The current Pipes & Drums Teacher is Mr. Mackenzie.

In 1997 the school changed from a High School (Years 7-12) to also cater for Primary students, and opened the preparatory school in the old Cooerwull boarding house, thus becoming K-12. In early 1997 the school Board decided that the school should change from being a boys only school to being co-educational, and the first female students were admitted in term 4 1997. [2]

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  1. ^ a b c The Scots School Annual Report 2006 (accessed:16-07-2007)
  2. ^ The Scots School - History (accessed:20-07-2012)
  3. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars" Archived 24 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. — University of Sydney list, (retrieved 16 April 2007)
  4. ^ Pearce, Suzannah, ed. (17 November 2006). "BARTLEY Anthony John". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  5. ^ "Is Bathurst's Sam Hutchins The Mole?". Western Advocate. 3 July 2013.
  6. ^ Brother (band)
  7. ^ "1939-59". Brett Whiteley's Life & Times. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 22 July 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.

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