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The Scots College boarders come from all over New South Wales, Australia, and the world – from the Northern Territory to China, New Zealand to Singapore. Nearly 240 boys call one of our five boarding houses home. For each of them, being part of our boarding community, and the journey they follow will be a transformative one.

Scots boarders are privileged to enjoy an exceptional combination of on-campus resources while experiencing the best of Australia’s largest city, Sydney – its environment, culture, history and coastline.

Boarding life encourages boys to work together in teams, nominate their house captains, and most significantly, build friendships that last a lifetime. Young men discover and develop many enduring characteristics in this unique educational setting, all of which prepare them for life beyond the College gates.

“Having enjoyed six years in boarding, I really do believe that each boy’s journey at school would not be as rich and full of life without their boarding experience. The friendships forged, and family created, make boarding at Scots one of the most enjoyable and special aspects of life at the College.” 

The Scots College, Head Boarder Prefect, 2021.

The formation of character is much less about genetics than it is about environment. Character develops over time, through boys facing challenges, making decisions, and caring for others. We believe that recognising the importance of relationships in boys’ lives, has the capacity to transform the experience of boyhood.

At Scots, boarding students are supported in every way possible. Historically, houses were focused on sporting competitions. In recent years however, the needs of contemporary Australian students have shifted. Now, boarding life encompasses a boy’s complete academic, co-curricular, physical and emotional wellbeing. They are guided, supported and instructed at every step by an exceptional team of teachers and pastoral leaders.

“Coming from a very small school in the Riverina, where there were three students alongside me in Year 7, my move to The Scots College, in Year 8, as a boarder, was exciting and daunting. I was lucky to have a friend from Bathurst, who was also starting Scots – in the same year, and in the same boarding house. Now, he is the House Captain of Aspinall House, and also the Head Boarder Prefect. Working together with him and all the staff is something that I never take for granted.” 

The Scots College, Head Prefect, 2022

To learn more about Boarding at Scots, please click here.

The Scots College is a proud member of the following associations.

The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust T/A The Scots College, Sydney Australia
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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.