India Schools : Bishop Cotton School, Shimala
The school was founded on 28th July, 1859 by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton, a scholar of Westminster and a graduate of Cambridge. It was the young Mr. Cotton who is spoken of as “the model young master” in Thomas Hugh’s famous book ‘ Tom Brown’s School days ‘.
He was personally selected by Queen Victoria as Bishop of India , Burma and the Island of Ceylon. As Bishop of Calcutta, on 28th July 1859, a service was held and collections were made in most of the Churches of the Diocese for the raising of a Public School at some Hill station in the Himalayas. The collections were utilized for founding Bishop’s School at Jutogh, as it was then called. The land and buildings on it were given free by the Viceroy.
The school is well-equipped with adequate infrastructure. Additions and improvements are constantly being carried out. The main school was rebuilt in 1907 after the 1905 fire and contains most of the senior classrooms, the box room, offices and the four House dormitories for the senior boys, on the first floor. The dining hall is spacious and well furnished and can accommodate the entire school at meals.
The walls are decorated with Honour Boards containing the athletic and games records of the school. The Irwin Hall is used for most school ceremonies. The Chapel, was consecrated in 1870 and was extended in 1935. It is a lovely building containing several fine stained glass windows including a large one of the Good Shepherd, which was presented by the Old Cottonians in 1913. The Anderson Senior Library and Audio Visual Room is adjacent to Irwin Hall and is well stocked with books on all subjects and the latest reference books.
The teaching system is backed by a remedial address system, and since the boys and staff are resident, every teacher is accessible at any time, if a child needs help. The school has provisions for helping children with special needs, which includes identifying their requirement and seeking appropriate solutions.
The boys come from all over the country and even from abroad. They belong to different classes and communities.
Affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, students are prepared for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE Class X) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC Class XII) examinations. Science, Commerce and Humanities are the subject streams taught at the +2 level .
Details of the fee can be obtained from the school.
Entrance Examination for entry to the School are held in September of the year preceding. Registration forms are available on request from the office before June of the year in which the examination is to be taken. Entry points are classes I, III & V (ages six, eight and ten respectively). Entry to other classes is not normally possible and depends on vacancies resulting from withdrawals. The boys are tested in English, Maths, Hindi and General Awareness.
Management - The school is a Christian Institution. The President of India is the official Visitor, and the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, the Patron. The general management and control of the school is vested in the Board of Governors, comprising between 10 and 14 members including the Chairman, who is the CNI Bishop of the Diocese of Amritsar.
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.
Extra Curricular Activities
Several societies/hobby clubs for juniors and senior boys are run under the supervision of the Headmaster and various members of the staff. The school Amateur Dramatics Society is very active. Among the other hobbies, the aero-modelling, Photography, Shooting and Computer Clubs, Golf, Gardening, Stamps and Coins Collection, Lathe Work, Horticulture, Careers Club, The Cotton Society, Irvin Light Club and Chess Clubs enjoy active participation.
The school has its Cultural centre which encourages talent in music, dance, drama, and community singing and has its own band. SUPW is an integral part of the curriculum and includes village adoption, teaching under privileged children, farming and carpentry as learning activities.