Bishop Cotton School, Shimla is located in the heart of the beautiful Shimla Hills, but within relatively easy reach of Chandigarh and Delhi. Our Cottonians come from all over India and from around the globe, as more parents live and work abroad. Strengthened by a proud history that goes back over one hundred fifty years we have our eyes firmly set on the global legacy for the twenty first century.
From Classes III to VIII, the boys live in newly built dormitories above the Junior School under the direct care and supervision of Matrons and Wardens, and boys of the same age group are housed together.
The Junior and Middle School dormitories are called Linlithgow, Irons, Stooks, Lewis and Sinker. The school is currently aiming to phase out bunk beds and most boys enjoy a single bed of their own. Additionally, each boy has a locker for their personal possessions. Each dormitory has their own toilet and shower block, a linen room and a common room with a TV.
The boys are required to bathe every day. The school has an excellent supply of water and a filtration plant. The 8000-litre diesel boiler provides plentiful hot water as and when required. Dormitories have fixed bathing times in the morning and evening. Clothes are laundered on campus and boys are given a fresh set of clothes three times a week, and change their underwear and socks daily! Bed linen is changed at least once a week. The school barber cuts the boys hair, and each dormitory has a fixed day and time for this. The appearance of each boy is checked on a daily basis by the Matron or Warden and the Housemasters.
Sports plays a key part in the daily life of every boy at BCS. Boys are taught the fundamentals of fitness and health. In addition to basic physical training, they receive coaching in Cricket, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Athletics, Boxing, Swimming, Table-Tennis, Rifle Shooting, Squash, Badminton, Scuba Diving, Mountaineering, Roller Skating and Karate
Bishop Cotton School, Shimla is one of the oldest boys boarding schools in Asia and was the first ‘Public School’ in India. It was founded on 28th July 1859, by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton. George Cotton was a scholar at Westminster School and a graduate of Cambridge University. In 1836, Cotton began teaching at Rugby School under the tutelage of Doctor Thomas Arnold before moving on to be Master of Marlborough College. It was the young Mr Cotton who is spoken of as the ‘the model young master’ in Thomas Hughes’ famous book ‘Tom Brown’s School Days’.
As Bishop of Calcutta, on the 28th July 1859, Cotton conducted a service for the foundation of a public school at a hill station. Collections were made in most of the churches of the Diocese for this purpose. These funds were used to found the Bishop’s School at Jutogh, Shimla. The land and the buildings on it were a gift from the Viceroy. Three private houses were purchased by Bishop Cotton, out of the India Public School Fund, and the school opened for students on the 15th March 1863. Though mentioned in correspondence as the Shimla Public School, it never actually bore this name.
Most of our families have proactively made the decision to choose boarding because of the benefits it will bring their boys. Other families understandably have specific reasons such as both parents (or single parents) are working long hours or their work requires the parents to move regularly disrupting their children’s education. Other families are concerned by the high pollution levels in modern cities as well as our current Covid-19 pandemic.
It was probably self-discipline that I really learnt at BCS. It has carried me and many other Cottonians through life’s up and downs, triumphs and vicissitudes
Bishop Cotton School, Shimla will be holding physical entrance exams in September 2022 for admissions into the school for the next academic year 2023. Locations to sit the entrance exam will be Shimla, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring our Admissions mobile: 078077 36880 for further details.