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India Schools : The Laidlaw Memorial School and Junior College, Ketti

The Laidlaw Memorial School of St. George’s Homes, Ketti was founded in 1914 by the late Rev. John Breeden, to provide a home and education for children of the Protestant European and Anglo-Indian communities. It was generously endowed by late Sir Robert Laidlaw. The institution started its life in Kodaikanal but moved to Ketti, its present home, in 1922.

School Overview

School Campus

The school stands in a forested area in the heart of one of the most beautiful valleys in South India, at an elevation of 2,082 metres, and its campus covers over 2,000 acres. This provides ample space for playing fields and sports grounds.

Teaching Staff

The classes are conducted by trained and qualified teachers. All the staff are resident, either in the cottages or on the campus. A Warden and a Matron on the premises ensure individual attention to every child.


The Laidlaw Memorial School is a Co-Educational Institution. There are eight cottages housing children of various age groups. On an average there are 50 students in each cottage. Each cottage has a House Matron and a House Warden.


The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. Though it receives no aid from the state, it is recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The medium of instruction is English.



Fees are payable at the time of admission and should be paid in cash, or by Demand Draft, or by Money Order, and made payable to the Principal and Secretary St. George’s Homes, Ketti. All parents have to pay a refundable Caution Deposit.

Boarding, Hostel and Tution Fees
1st Term June to Sep Rs. 6818
2nd Term Oct to Jan Rs. 6818
3rd Term Feb to April Rs. 5114


Children are admitted from Class 1 onwards, and applications for admission have to be made on the form prescribed, at least one year in advance. The minimum age for admission is 5 plus, and the child must have attended a kindergarten for atleast one year. Children are admitted after an entrance exam which is conducted in March. For Classes I & II, the examinations are mainly oral/written. At the time of admission, parents / guardians must produce the following documents:

  1. A Transfer Certificate
  2. A Document showing the date of birth.
  3. Medical : A Certificate of fitness and the absence of any infectious disease. Admission fee will be charged for the academic year for all new admissions - Classes I to XII Rs. 2000/- per child (Non- refundable)

School Academics


Candidates are prepared for The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class X and the Plus 2 Course of the Indian School Certificate Examination (ISC) in Class XII. There are examinations in the Theory and Practice of Music of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London.


School activities are compulsory for all students. Cricket, hockey, football, basketball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics and athletics are encouraged. Ketti and its surrounding of forested hills provide ideal conditions for hiking, scouting and camping.

Extra Curricular Activities

In addition to sports and games, there are other activities which occupy the leisure of the children. These include, music, singing, elocution, debating, dramatics, public speaking, photography and indoor games. Opportunities are provided for social service, for learning about flowers and vegetable gardens, for excursions and tours and for participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme.

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