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Every aspect of Scotch College has been influenced by the developmental needs of boys. Our Boarding programme, for students in Years 7 to 12, is no exception.

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A sense of belonging

Your son will develop a sense of belonging, create lifelong friendships and become part of a local community. From our pastoral care, family values and tutoring system, to our facilities and weekend activities, we've created a safe and caring environment that sets your son up for success emotionally, socially and academically.

Our location

Situated less than 2km to both the Swan River and Indian Ocean, your son will have plenty of opportunities to try activities like surf lifesaving, rowing and sailing.

We know all boys, particularly those who have grown up in the country, need plenty of space. Our Boarding Houses overlook 10 hectares of playing fields, so your son will have no shortage of room to kick a ball around with his new mates. The size of our campus is even more remarkable, given we are in the heart of one of Perth's most sought-after locations.

Developing resilience

We organise frequent outdoor activities, including the opportunity to walk the Bibbulmun Track in stages. By Year 12, he will have completed the entire track and developed resilience and team building skills along the way.

Our Boarding Houses are home to approximately 10 per cent of the school's population, cared for by a team of resident and academic staff.

We invite you to come and visit our community and discover how our safe, caring environment ensures your son thrives while living away from home.

Mr Jordan Owenell
Head of Boarding

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"We have diverse cultures at Scotch with boys coming from all over the world, including places such as China, Singapore, Katanning, Northam, Broome, the Wheatbelt and more.

You would find that we have a lot of respect for different cultures because that is something we pride ourself on and enjoy about living in a diverse boarding house with people we are making friends with for the rest of our lives."

— Brenton Macauley, Boarding Captain 2021

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What are our points of difference?

Walking the Bibbulmun Track

Undertaken in stages by boarders from Years 7–12, the Bibbulmun Track is a 1,000km walking trail from the Perth Hills to Albany and a highlight of boarding at Scotch College.

The experiential learning The Bibbulmun Track provides cannot be measured. Students discover self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making each and every time they step out onto the track.

These experiences bond boys for life. Long after students leave school, many still recall their Bibbulmun Track experience as the most memorable of their time at school. The shared experience builds the community and culture of not only the group but, most importantly, allows boys to discover what it takes to develop independence and resilience.

Upon graduating all Scotch College boarders will mark their Boarding experience with 'End to Enders' as they finally complete the 1,000km Track.

Student wellbeing

To ensure your son always feels like there is someone he can turn to, we have a very high staff to student ratio in Boarding. Each of our Boarding Houses has a Housemother, whose role is to provide emotional support for your son and act as a link between the College and your family.

The Head of Year keeps a close eye on all students wellbeing. This academic staff member lives onsite and is the central point of contact for boarders, teachers and parents. They have a holistic view of how your son is developing and if needed, will draw on the expertise of our registered nurses, school psychologists, Chaplain and other support staff.

Academic support & tutoring

Scotch College has an outstanding reputation for its three-stream academic programme, across WACE, International Baccalaureate Diploma and VET.

We run a Learning to Learn programme (Years 7–9) and Study Skills programme (Years 10–12) in order to monitor all boarders' academic performance and obtain assistance for any students who need it.

Tutoring and resources

When it comes to homework, assignments and study, your son can get help whenever he needs it with our open-door tutoring system. Running every weekday evening, academic staff and tutors provide ongoing tutoring support, including in specialist areas such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English Literature. Many of our tutors are recent Scotch College graduates now studying at university. Often close in age, they frequently become unofficial older brothers and mentors.

Boarders also have access to the College's library and Academic Support Centre before and after school.

Academic reflection

All boarders are asked to reflect on their academic progress and end of semester reports with their parents and Head of Year. This is a great opportunity for students to discuss their performance outline their goals for the future. It is also a moment to recognise the positive contribution that each student has made to Boarding and within their own Year.

Co-curricular activities

At Scotch College, we provide numerous co-curricular activities that challenge and enrich our students physically, socially, emotionally and academically.

Sporting events

Where possible, boarders can attend local and international sporting events, including the AFL, Super XV Rugby, international hockey, A-League soccer and NBL.

Sporting clubs

We have relationships with many local sporting clubs who are always looking for boys to join their teams for weekend games. These are fantastic opportunities for boys to meet other families within and outside of the Scotch College community.

Cultural life

Boarders enjoy the cultural life of Australia's westernmost city, from trips to the cinema, Perth Festival, Fringe Festival, live music, museum tours, theatre and more.


Scotch College often partners with our neighbouring boarding schools (boys and girls) to go ten pin bowling, paintballing, ice-skating, go-karting and more.

Community service

Supporting our wider community is highly valued at Scotch College. Both our day and boarding students undertake community service, including at aged care facilitates, Surfing for the Disabled, and Horse Riding for the Disabled.

Part-time employment

The College is always happy to support interested students in finding part-time employment with local businesses.

On campus

Boarders have access to our College facilities, including the gymnasium, weights room, libraries, manual arts and kitchen facilities, and of course the acres and acres of our playing fields.

There's no need to have to hang out alone when you've got 30 other mates and brothers to spend time with.

— Cambell Johnston and Jayden Clarke, Year 8 boarders

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The essentials


Our Boarding Houses comprise two distinct residences – a Middle School Residence for Years 6–8 and a Senior School Residence for Years 9–12.

The houses mirror our day-school campuses. Linking our Boarding Houses to our sub-schools ensures we can best support boys at their stage of development and enables us to form strong links between teaching and boarding staff.

Students commence their Boarding journey in dormitory-style accommodation, which provides a balance of privacy and plenty of opportunities to socialise. In Years 9–10, boys share double rooms, and by Years 11 and 12 all boarders have their own room.


As boys move into Senior School Boarding, they are divided into two 'clans' with a Head of Clan who follows them all the way through to graduation.

Food and catering

Scotch College's kitchen has been home to some of the best chefs in the country – including an Iron Chef Australia contestant. All boarders eat together in our spacious Dining Hall, overlooking the playing fields, and enjoy recess and lunch from the Middle School or Senior School Canteen on weekdays.

A professional and dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that all boarders are well fed with the freshest ingredients, while providing a flexible menu designed to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. Five meals are provided each day, with snacks available.

Dining is usually 'alfresco style', where boarders may visit the Dining Hall at any time to serve their meal and choose a seat. Dinner includes two protein options, a vegetarian option and a choice of several different types of vegetables and salads. Of course, dessert is also available after every meal.

Fresh fruit is always available from the Dining Hall, Canteen and Residences and is replaced regularly.

Health Centre

Located next to our Boarding Houses, our Health Centre is staffed by a team of registered nurses on call 24 hours a day. Health Centre staff manage medical appointments for all boarders and arrange transport to any appointments as needed.

Health Centre staff provide emergency nursing management, primary health assessment and referral to relevant health specialists, health education and pastoral care. The Health Centre staff support students as they settle into the boarding community and provide a welcoming and friendly environment.

Temporary or weekly boarding

All Scotch College families can take advantage of our temporary accommodation facilities, located within our Boarding Houses. A student's temporary stay can be for any length of time, with some families using the experience as an opportunity to develop independence, resilience and good study habits in their child.

With many parents working full time, weekly boarding has become an excellent option to not only alleviate pressure on families but to gain all that living within our Boarding community provides. All our boarders receive five meals a day, laundry, structured homework times, nightly tutoring and the ease of school activities right at their door.

Get in touch to learn more about our temporary or weekly accommodation offers. We are always happy to offer a boarding trial to our students, to ensure that this is the right option for them.

Daughters in boarding

If you also have a daughter boarding, our location makes it simple. We are within 5km of four of the eight major girls' boarding schools in Perth, including our sister school Presbyterian Ladies' College.

Admissions and orientation

Boarding orientation

To ensure a smooth transition to secondary school and living away from home we have developed Welcome to Scotch College, a programme for incoming boarders that includes a sleepover and orientation in October and online course to nurture confidence and friendships.

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Each year Scotch College offers opportunities to boys from rural areas to commence at the College as a Year 7 boarder.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about enrolling your child at Scotch College, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Admissions team on +61 8 9383 6946 or


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Our Boarding team


Jordan Owenell

Head of Boarding 
+61 8 9460 6655

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Sam Scott

Manager of Admissions
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Scotch College acknowledges the Wadjuk Noongar and Wilman Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which the College and our campuses stand. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the Noongar people as the First Peoples of this place.