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Bishop Cotton School (Shimla)

About School

top schools indiaBishop Cotton School, Shimla, is one of the oldest boarding schools in Asia , having been founded on 28th July, 1859, by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton, a scholar of Westminster, and a graduate of Cambridge. In 1836 he was appointed Assistant Master at Rugby by Doctor Thomas Arnold, one of the founders of the British Public School system. It was the young Mr. Cotton who was spoken of as the 'the model young master' in Thomas Hughe?s famous book 'Tom Brown's School Days'.


All registered candidates are expected to participate in the entrance procedure. Offer of admission is based on merit rating and vacancy.
The Merit Criteria also includes points from the Student Information Form which the parents are expected to complete.

In this way the School tries to balance the emphasis o?n students entering school between pure academic capability and perceived

As of 2007, we would admit children to Class III, IV and V. Our academic session begins from 1st March and ends on 1st December.

Extra Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities like drama, debating, elocution, public speaking, art and craft and music are rigorously encouraged with the boys competing in Inter-School events. Community service and Socially Useful Productive Work are a part of the formal curriculum. Activities like stamp collecting, wood work, lathe work, horticulture, non-formal teaching of under privileged children, creative writing, the Science Club, the Cotton Society (an academic club), the Nature Club, the Photography Club, the Careers Club, the Theatre Club and the Irwin Light Club (for theatre lighting, film and sound) are important areas of involvement round the year.

Sports Activities

The boys are trained in PT, cricket, football, hockey, basketball, tennis, athletics, boxing, swimming, long distance running, table tennis, rifle shooting, volley ball, golf, squash and karate. The school's sporting traditions are old and illustrious. For example, the School is the current National Air Rifle Shooting Team Champion and some of India's top golfers are Old Boys. The Tennis and Basketball courts at BCS are one of the best in India, installed by the Harrison company.

Contact Details

Address : Bishop Cotton School
Shimla- 171 002
Himachal Pradesh

Phones: +91-177-2620880 [6 lines], 2620990
Fax: +91-177-2671360