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This page lists some former British schools in India, with links to their modern websites, where applicable. If you have information or links to add, please update this page.

For an excellent, well-written book on former British schools in India, please see Hazel Innes Craig's book Under the Old School Topee. Available at the British Library

Alphabetical list of schools

Contents: 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Baldwin Boys School, Bangalore


  • Barnes School, Deolali. Deolali (now Devlali) is near Nasik (Nashik), which is northeast of Bombay, across the Ghats. It was formerly a British school, then an Anglo-Indian school. This site contains a history of Barnes School. Also refer Orphans, Bombay. Barnes School Memories has some photos of Barnes School, along with other photos of India and Anglo-Indians.
  • Bishop Cotton School, Simla.
The official website contains a history of the school. (Simla is now called Shimla.)
The unofficial website has a range of information on modern activities of the school, as well as a brief history of the school.
Old Cottonians Association also has the following:
Listing of Boys at the School 1863-2004
Search the Names
  • Bombay Scottish School, Bombay. Established in 1847 as the 'Scottish Female Orphanage', in 1856 as the 'Orphanage for the Sons of Presbyterians', the school was combined in 1863 to become the 'Bombay Scottish Orphanage'.


  • Convent of Jesus & Mary, Lahore.


  • Darjeeling Schools. John Kinglsey's website provides a list of schools in Darjeeling, along with official websites, where they exist.
  • Doveton College, Madras. Now called the Doveton-Corrie High School.
  • Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong. The Homes were set up in 1900 by Dr Graham of the Church of Scotland to house, feed, educate and train abandoned Anglo-Indian children. Dr Graham's Homes are still in existence today and this website has many photos of the Homes and the children. Wikipedia
  • Domicile and Diaspora: Anglo-Indian Women and the Spatial Politics of Home 2006 by Alison Blunt page 115 Limited View Google Books has a reference.
  • Dr Graham of Kalimpong by James R Minto 1974 and 1995. The story of the children’s homes founded for the children of tea workers. The 1974 edition is available at the British Library.
  • Dr Graham's Homes: a Century of Service by Douglas Evans FIBIS Journal No 17 (Spring 2007) For details of how to access this article, see FIBIS Journals
  • Duke of York's Military School. A school in Dover, England for sons of soldiers and officers serving in India. This unofficial website is to help ‘Old Boys and Old Girls’ keep in contact via the Internet.


  • East Indian Railway School, Oak Grove, Mussoorie, also called the EIR School (see Oak Grove School below).


  • Fairlawn School, Mussoorie. This School was established as the Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway School in August 1877 with about 27 pupils. Following extensions about 1880, 45 children (boys and girls) could be accommodated. Later (after January 1886) it was renamed the North Western Railway School. Following the death of the Headmaster in 1894, the School closed and the boys were transferred to the Oak Grove School (see below). It is not known (2009) where the girls went.


  • Goethals Memorial School. Built on the side of a hill in the Himalayan Mountains, Goethals Memorial School is situated near the picturesque town of Kurseong, a district of Darjeeling.


  • Hallett War School, Naini Tal. Ethel Fowle, aunt of John Fowle, was headmistress 1941-42. A history of the school can be found at the Birla Vidyamandir School website.


  • Kodaikanal International School. This began as a school for the children of missionaries in 1901.


  • Lawrence Schools/Colleges at Mount Abu, Ghora Gali, Lovedale and Sanawar, the four Lawrence Military Asylums, founded to provide education for the orphans of British soldiers in India.
  • Lushington Boys' School, Ootacamund, now called Hebron School (see above).


La Martiniere College
Founded by Emma Knowles and previously called Queen's Hill (see below).
Old Mount Hermon Students' Association (UK) (secretary: Hazel Craig).
Another alumni (unofficial) website.
Photos taken in 2003 by Karl Hagen.


  • North Western Railway School, Fairlawn, Mussoorie. See Fairlawn School above.


  • Oak Grove School, Mussoorie. Official school website includes a history. This School was originally known as the East Indian Railway School, Oak Grove and still has a strong railway connection. In 1894 it took over the boys from the Fairlawn School (see above) which was situated nearby, when the headmaster of Fairlawn died. Wikipedia.


  • Philander Smith College, Mussoorie. Founded by the American Methodist Episcopal Missionary Society.


  • Queen's Hill. Founded by Emma Knowles. Later called Mount Hermon (see above).


  • St Denys' School, Murree. Anglican girls school established 1882. Dr Ali Jan's site has photos and memories. Partly destroyed by a fire in November 2009.
  • St Helen's School, Kurseong. Also includes Goethal's Memorial College (see above).
  • St Joan's School, Kashmir. Ethel Fowle, aunt of John Fowle, was headmistress 1943-45.
  • St Joseph's Boys Higher Secondary Schoool, Coonoor. A school founded and run by the Patrician Brothers, a Catholic order.
  • St Lawrence High School, Calcutta. Formerly known as the Lower Orphan School, Free School Street, Calcutta.
School Crest of St Paul's School, Jalapahar
  • St Paul's, Jalapahar, Darjeeling. A very expensive school, attended by the children of the highest Imperial officials. This link is to Zubin Medora's website.
  • Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway School, Mussoorie. See Fairlawn School above.



  • Wellesley Girls High School, Naini Tal. Founded by Emma Knowles, who also founded Mount Hermon (see above). Boys attended until their 9th birthday.
  • Woodstock School, Landour, Mussoorie. Founded in 1854 as the "Protestant Girls' School," Woodstock passed through several manifestations (girls school, finishing school, college) before emerging as one of the leading international schools in India with a significant roll of expatriates. Wikipedia.

See also

Other Resources

  • Wikipedia has articles on many schools in India (of varying quality). An incomplete list of schools is also available.
  • The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj by Dane Kennedy, 1996 contains information in Chapter 6 about schools. University of California Press
  • Problematic spaces, problematic races: defining 'Europeans' in late colonial India by Elizabeth Buettner. Article in Women's History Review, Volume 9, Issue 2 June 2000, pages 277 – 298. Read the article in Women's History Review, Volume 9, Issue 2 June 2000, pages 277 – 298. Mentions schooling.

Making Contact

  • Batchmates This is a site where you can register your interest in a particular school in India that you attended in youth.
  • Indian Alumni This is a website to help alumni of Indian schools make contact with each other.