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The Scots School, Bathurst (commonly referred to as Scots), is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school, with campuses in Bathurstmarker and Lithgowmarker, New South Walesmarker, 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 who went to Scotland in August 2008 to compete in the World Pipe Band Champions. 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. Kelso, New South Walesmarker It was bought by William Arnott of Arnotts Biscuits in the 1930s as a home for his daughter.

In 1942, The Scots Collegemarker in Sydneymarker leased the property for the relocation of its' students from Bellevue Hillmarker, Sydneymarker, because of the fear of Japanesemarker 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.

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 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 1998.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. The Scots School- About (accessed:16-07-2007)
  2. "NSW Rhodes Scholars"University of Sydney list, (retrieved 16 April 2007)

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