The Scottish Church Collegiate School is one of the leading educational institutions of West Bengal having a history of 180 years. It is situated at 73, Bidhan Sarani, Kolkata - 700006.The School was founded in 1830 by the Rev. Dr. Alexander Duff, who came to Calcutta as the first missionary of the Church of Scotland to India. He was actively supported by Raja Rammohan Roy, the father of modern India. Rammohan helped Dr. Duff to secure Kamal Bose's House on Chitpur Road and actively supported him. The school was established at the residence of the-then famous Firinghi Kamal Bose on 51 Upper Chitpur Road . Thus, the General Assembly’s Institution publicly started on the 13th of July, 1830.
The Headmaster Mr. Bivash Saniel.
Initially it started with only five boys who were introduced to Rev. Duff by the Raja and that number rapidly increased to three hundred in the course of time. According to some legends he stood at the gate of the school on 13th July, 1830 to give it a good start as there were grave doubts in the mind of the locals. Duff was determined to teach every useful branch of knowledge to the students and saturated his instructions with teachings from the Bible. He made Bengali the medium of instruction. Dr. Duff devised a plan for teaching a large number of pupils simultaneously. This unique style of teaching was very different from the then existing mechanical method of teaching. After a year Duff arranged to hold a public examination of his pupils at the Freemasion's Lodge on Dharmatala Street. The Calcutta Gazette of 15th August, 1831 wrote about the native school examination. The high level of efficiency for which the school of Alexander Duff was noted and earned him a lot of appreciation. A report about the amazing performance of Duff’s students was published in the "Songbad Probhakar", the only newspaper of those days.
Due to increase in numerical strength of the students the school was shifted to a palatial building, arguably the property of Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah on the Nimtala Ghat Street (Now Jorabagan Police station) and continued there till March 1844. After that the school was again shifted to Cornwallis Square (Now Urqhart Square) and renamed as “The Scottish Churches Collegiate School”. In 1910 the school was finally transferred and settled in the newly erected building on the Cornwallis Street and in its centenary year again renamed as “The Scottish Church Collegiate School”. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has earmarked the main premises of the school as “Heritage Building” (GRADE- I). A structure was later built on the play ground at RoyBagan Street, facing the main building. This was enlarged in 1938 to provide for adequate laboratories required by the new syllabus of the Calcutta University. This building was further enlarged in 1958 to cope with the increasing roll strength and later named as "Hensman Block" after the then Headmaster Mr. J.C. Hensman. Plans are afoot to add another floor on top of the Hensman Block to house a state of the art Computer Lab.
The primary section of the school began its function in 1950 at the St. Andrew’s House on Beadon Street. Previously, the school authorities had used the premises as hostel for outstation pupils.
The Governing Body of the school has planned to start a new English Medium Pre-primary section in the St. Andrews House from the next academic session i.e.2012-13.
The School Logo:
The Cross at the centre represents the Cross of St. Andrew the Patron saint of Scotland. Clockwise from the top.