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Scots School, Bathurst

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Denomination  Presbyterian
Employees  ~36
Phone  +61 2 6331 2766
Established  1946
Enrolment  ~380 (K–12)
Founded  1946
Type  Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Headmaster  Mr David Gates (2011) Previously Mr Tim Richards (2010)
Address  4173 O'Connell Rd, White Rock NSW 2795, Australia
Motto  Trouthe and Honor, Fredom and Curteisie (Middle English)
Similar  All Saints' College, St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst High Campus, MacKillop College

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.

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.

Notable alumni

  • Peter Raymond Barnett – a Rhodes Scholar (1995) and later barrister, disbarred for dodging train fares
  • Anthony John Bartley S.C. – a barrister and New South Wales Senior Counsel
  • Hugh Bowman – a jockey: Recipient of the Silver Saddle Award for most successful jockey (Royal Ascot). Also attended The Scots College, Sydney
  • John Allan Farrington – an athlete
  • Sam Hutchins – a contestant on the sixth season of The Mole
  • Stephen Peacocke – an actor "Brax" Home and Away, Channel 7
  • Angus Richardson – one of three brothers attending who went on to create the Celtic rock band Brother.
  • Commander Brett Westcott – a Royal Australian Navy Commander of HMAS Childers
  • Brett Whiteley – an artist (also attended The Scots College)
  • References

    Scots School, Bathurst Wikipedia

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