Raising fine men
since 1893

With sweeping views of the historic harbour, The Scots College is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Presbyterian boys’ schools, located in Sydney. The College is a distinctive Australian school that defends the honourable traditions adventures and learning of boys. We exist to inspire boys to learn, lead and serve as they strive for excellence together.

We are committed to developing a culture of high expectations that nourishes the development of creative, confident and accomplished young men. As one of the top private boys’ schools in Sydney, we acknowledge the importance of student engagement, of challenge and of active learning opportunities that are increasingly personalised and shaped to thoroughly equip boys for the future.

As a parent of a Scots boy, you can be confident that your son will be prepared to thrive in the future. Scots boys are well-equipped to succeed in workplaces and industries yet to be created, and jobs and roles yet to be imagined.

Our Vision and Mission

At The Scots College we believe that young men discover true wisdom through reverence for God and faith in Jesus Christ. The ultimate aim of our education is to help students acquire a knowledge of the truth – of God, society and the world – so that they are better prepared to serve in their families and the wider world, to the glory of God and for the welfare of others.

In seeking to serve God faithfully, the mission of The Scots College aims to help each boy discover his strength, develop his character, and pursue his God given calling in the world.

Our Values

At The Scots College, we value:

  • 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, humour and community.

Our Pastoral Care Approach

Pastoral Care features prominently in all aspects of College life. The College focuses on the development of the ‘whole student’ – his values, attitudes and character on the journey to manhood.

Our Heritage and Faith

The Scots College has a rich history of educating and raising fine young men. Reverend Arthur Ashworth Aspinall opened The Scots College as the founding Principal and owner in 1893.

From the very beginning the College founders had a mission; to ensure every boy has the right to education that will discover his strength, develop his character and pursue his God given calling in the world.

In 2018, Scots celebrated 125 years of transforming boys’ education. The College, now more than ever, is grounded by its values and motto Utinam Patribus Nostris Digni Simus – May we be worthy of our forefathers. As one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Presbyterian day and boarding schools for boys, Scots endeavours to continue nurturing fine young men who strive for excellence together.

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.