Bishop Cotton School, Shimla

  • Shimla Bypass, Near Khalini

  • Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Boys School [CBSE,ICSE]

About Bishop Cotton School, Shimla

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.

Our Heritage

Since then the school has gone from strength to strength. Today the school is proud of its Anglo-Indian heritage, but firmly embraces the multi-faceted nature of modern 21st century India – forward-looking, diverse, democratic, and vibrant. We welcome boys from all over the globe who will help to shape the next 160 years of the school.

Key School Stats

Ownership Private
Year of Establishment 1859
Co-Ed Status Boys School
Campus Size 56 Acres
Classes Offered 3rd - 12th
Education Medium English
Student : Teacher Ratio -:-
School Type Boarding Schools

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla Admission Criteria & Eligibility

Documents required at the time of Reporting

  • Birth Certificate
  • Photograph of Child
  • Aadhar Card of Child
  • Residence Proof
  • Photograph - Parents / Guardian
  • Aadhar Card - Parents
  • Passport (if any)

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla Fee Structure (INR)

Admission Fee 65000 One Time
Tution Fee 610000 Yearly
Security Fee 300000 One Time

Admission Procedure

Bishop Cotton is a boys’ school affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE). Technically a CBSE Class X candidate, or one from any other board, subject to his results and approval of the ISC Council, can join an ISC School if the school is able to admit him. We will also be introducing the Cambridge board for 2023 which will give students international opportunities.

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: 17 Sept, Mumbai: 1st Oct and Kolkata: 3rd Oct. Please contact or ring our Admissions phone: (0177) 262 0880 (6 lines) for further details.

Candidates for the Middle School will be asked to submit a written English piece and will then take a bespoke online Maths exam. Each applicant will then be interviewed in depth by the Headmaster. Candidates for the Junior School will also submit an English composition before being interviewed by the Junior School co-ordinator.

Director Simon Weale explained ‘We have been looking to develop our entrance process because we are looking for students who show promise not just in the classroom, but in every sphere of activity. The current crisis has acted as a catalyst for change. Our academic leaders have considerable experience in drawing the best out of each child and they will ensure that the interview is a positive and rewarding experience for each child’.

Infrastructure & Facilities

Alumni Associastion
Art and Craft
Biology Lab
Boys Hostel
Chemistry Lab
Computer Lab
Day care
Indoor Sports
Multi Activity Room
Music Room
Outdoor Sports
Physics Lab
Picnics and excursion
Play Ground
Robotics Lab
Science Lab
Science Lab
Swimming Pool

  • Does School Provide Meals? Yes
  • CCTV Surveillance Yes
  • Day Care Yes
  • Outdoor Play Area Yes
  • Co-curricular ActivitiesYes

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