Our Graduates

“We seek to cultivate a body of graduates who are well-rounded, successful men of faith and independent mind, who influence their nation for the greater good and who strive to be worthy of their forefathers.”
The Strategic Intent of The Scots College 2016-2025

Our graduates will become young men who are:

  • confident, well-grounded men of integrity with a strong sense of identity, values, and character
  • motivated, disciplined and equipped to pursue the art of scholarship as an integral part of a rich and rewarding life
  • principled, compassionate and engaged citizens of their College, their community and their world
  • erudite and wise, with a worldview that encompasses knowledge of the past, perceptive insight into the present and innovative thinking about our global future.

Quick Facts

In 2023:

  • Impressively, this year boys who were awarded an ATAR of 95 and above increased by 17%
  • Four students placed top 20 in their subjects across New South Wales. Seven awards received, three more than the previous year
  • the College had 17 students on the Premier’s All-round Achievers list, 55% more boys than the previous year
  • The Class of 2023 received 21 international university offers, in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Source: HSC and Senior School Achievements 2023

Graduate Destinations

After their schooling at Scots, our graduates may pursue local or international tertiary education. Below are some examples of universities our past students have studied at.

Australian Universities

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National University
  • Macquarie University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of New England
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University

International Universities

  • Durham University
  • IE University
  • University of Oxford
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania

Higher School Certificate Results

The Class of 2023 performed incredibly well with 318 Distinguished Achievers (Band 6) attained across all subjects. This impressive result indicates how the boys have moved up academically as an entire cohort.

The 2023 cohort’s impressive achievements include:

  • 42 boys receiving an ATAR over 95*
  • 17 boys reaching the Premier’s List
  • four state rankings awarded in Chemistry, History Extension, Latin Extension, Mathematics Extension 2 and Modern History
  • over 300 Band 6 results achieved; a total of 318 Distinguished Achievers.
* The College does not receive formal notifications of ATAR results but there is a tradition of boys sharing their successes with the College. The information presented was correct at the time of publication. If you have an update, please let the College know.


Finn Bennett, Year 12, Class of 2022

“I consider myself to be a kinaesthetic and interpersonal communication learner, and I will admit that traditional learning styles have been challenging in the past. Back in Year 10, all I knew was that I enjoyed sports, the outdoors, problem-solving, understanding how things work, and building and fixing things. I am extremely grateful that Scots has created such an innovative educational opportunity in the Applied Entrepreneurship Program, which caters specifically to my personal needs and interests, and created such a variation in my learning experience.”

James Mackay, Year 12, Class of 2021

“While Year 12 felt like an eternity away, I had always wondered what would define my time at Scots. The number of lines on my blazer? My ATAR? Whether I played for the 1st XV or not? Now that the time has come, I do not believe my journey at Scots has been shaped by an accolade, a sporting achievement or rank. Rather, it has been the years I have cherished, spending time with 200 people I now call mates. Together, we showed our true grit and resilience this year. This is what will make me proud to call myself a Scots Old Boy.”

William Lindner, Year 12, Class of 2020

“Year 12 is a hard year, but you never really understand how challenging it is until you’re almost at the end. This year has been quite a journey for my classmates and me with exams, extracurricular activities and COVID-19. However, it has been more than encouraging to see us persevere. It has been a great run, and I owe a lot to Scots.”

Zachary Newman, Year 12, Class of 2019

“Scots offers something for everyone. Wherever your interests lie – whether it’s music or sailing, drama or volleyball, debating or rugby – Scots can bring you together with like-minded boys and enthusiastic teachers to follow your passion. The best part of my Scots experience was leading the Pipes and Drums as Pipe Major. During my time with the Pipes and Drums, we toured twice to Scotland, played in the World Piping Championships, won state and national competitions and learned how to work and play together as a tight-knit team.”

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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.