At The Southport School, Dr Lambert was Head Boy, played 1st XV Rugby, was stroke of the AAGPS Premiership 1st VIII Rowing, CUO of the Cadet Corps and a member of the jazz and concert bands playing the saxophone. After finishing school, he went on to represent Queensland in Under 19 Rowing and Under 21 Rugby.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Modern History and Sociology at Griffith University with a teaching diploma, before later attending the University of London where he completed his Masters in 20th Century Literature (focussing on Joseph Conrad). His PhD from Cambridge University was in the area of Philosophy of Education. He also represented his College in Rugby and Rowing.

Before coming to Scots, Dr Lambert was Principal of Swan Christian College in Perth, WA and before that he taught English and History at St Paul’s Anglican School and Emmanuel College in Queensland.

Dr Lambert is an educational innovator who follows (and sometimes predicts) educational trends; he has adopted activity-based learning, for example, and experimented with alternative methods of coaching and assessment.

He has written and edited five educational books and many articles for journals and magazines. He has an active interest in assisting Indigenous groups in Australia and Cambodia and is a strong supporter of the Indigenous Education Program at Scots. He also wrote and taught Graduate and Undergraduate courses for Edith Cowan University and features in Who’s Who in Australia.

Dr Lambert’s stewardship is marked by strategic growth in terms of expansion and improvement and an emphasis on ‘the whole boy.’ This emphasis led to the development of the Brave Hearts Bold Minds education philosophy – an approach to raising and educating boys through the fostering of leadership, character and spirit, through experiences of excellence and adventure.


  • The Indigenous Education Program was launched, connecting benefactors to Indigenous boys and gives a Scots education to boys from very rural Indigenous backgrounds.
  • Dr Lambert began Service Learning initiatives to help schools and communities in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Cambodia. Each year, students have the opportunity to visit these areas, volunteering their time to teach or work on projects aimed at improving the standard of living for local communities.
  • The Graeme Clark Centre for Innovation in the Sciences, named after esteemed Old Boy and inventor of the bionic ear, Professor Graeme Clark, opened in 2009. Ensuring that The Scots College is positioned at the forefront of the global quest for excellence and success in the sciences. The building contains specialist facilities for Science, Mathematics and PDHPE Departments of the College. The lower level contains a major aerobics area, extensive sports storage facilities and specialist classroom facilities which form part of an integrated enclosed swimming pool and the Lions Den, the Basketball and Volleyball complex.
  • Opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC, Governor of New South Wales in 2017, the Lang Walker Business Centre opened as a purpose-built home for business education at Scots. The building provides 1,270 square metres of floor space over two levels, consisting of eight teaching and learning spaces which are fitted out on the innovative activity-based learning concept. The Centre also includes a clinic, the Patribus Room and the John Hanks Archival Research Room. The building was named after major donor, and father of two Scots boys, Mr Lang Walker AO.

Student Success

  • Between 2013 and 2017 Scots Rugby won five AAGPS Premierships in a row. Snowsports and Basketball were also strong and Scots produced its first NBA player in Isaac Humphries.
  • Water Polo had back-to-back success in 2016 and 2017, and Cross Country won over half a dozen AAGPS titles between 2008 and 2017.
  • Cricket, Football, Rowing, Rifle Shooting, and Swimming all claimed Premierships during this period.
  • Nick Ward (’17), Aiden Emery (’19) and Toby Goodman (’19), took out first place at the 2017 TropFest JR film festival with their short film A film which they produced in their Year 9 Film and Television studies class. The film competed against student films submitted from around Australia, as well as International films produced from as far as Germany. Pupils depicts the struggle of schoolyard bullying using sets of black and white slow-motion moments in time.
  • In 2017 the Lawrence Campbell Oratory prize was won by Joe Bonic, only the third time in the 82 year history of the competition and a Chinese debating team was formed.

Meet Our Principals

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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.