The Public School Ethos
The words ‘Public School’ have been taken from
Britain and truly represent the real meaning of
‘Public School’ because, by their constitution, the
members of the Indian Public Schools Conference do
not discriminate in admissions on the basis of
caste, creed, colour or race.
Public Schools subscribe to the philosophy that:
should be exposed to a general all-round
education and emerge as good secular citizens of
- Schools must
develop the minds of the children and also their
physique, their skills, their personality and
leadership traits and create a sense of fellow
feeling with their less fortunate brethren, if
they are to be good citizens.
- Schools should
practice equality between all students in their
school irrespective of financial status of
parents and background.
These schools are affiliated to one of the two
recognized All India systems of secondary education
- the Central Board of Secondary Education and the
Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations.
The medium of instruction is English. Hindi is
compulsory till standard X and a third language is
compulsory till standard VIII.
The academic year
usually consists of two terms of four months each, a
spring term and an autumn term.
The Schools take
pride in the fact that their over all student:
teacher ratio is around 15:1. Books and Stationery
are supplied by the school usually within the fee.
PT and Games are compulsory and are supervised by
qualified staff and coaches. Cricket, Hockey,
Football and Athletics are played in their
respective seasons. Most of the schools offer, in
addition, a choice between Tennis, Squash,
Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball,
Boxing, Swimming, Archery etc. With the exception of
some specialized items, the cost of games equipment
is included in the consolidated fee.
Public Schools lay emphasis on all
round education. To develop latent talents and
skills, a variety of hobbies are offered and the
choice of one per year made compulsory out of
Photography, Art, Pottery, Sculpture, Carpentry,
Metalwork, Electronics, Aero-modelling, Philately,
In addition, to
build talent and develop leadership abilities these
schools are well organised in Debating, Dramatics,
Music and have special interest Societies in
disciplines such as Astronomy, Wildlife, Literary
Affairs, History and Human Rights etc.
endeavours to have its own student-run publications,
newsletters and magazines.
The Prefect system
and a strong adventure programme (mountain climbing,
river swimming and other outward-bound activities)
inculcate character and leadership.
encouraged to compete against themselves in the
programmes of the Royal Life Saving Society, St.
John’s Ambulance Brigade and the International Award
for Young People.
Good citizenship is
inculcated by the actual practice of democracy in
letting the students run all the activities. A care
and concern for their fellow human beings and for
the environment is created by a strong social
service programme which includes working in the
villages, going on disaster relief expeditions,
working with the blind, deaf, dumb and mentally
retarded, working on tree planting, gardening,
compost pit making etc.
The schools have their own hospitals with resident
nurses; services of highly qualified consultants are
arranged in the neighbourhood.
Since good education of the wide nature described
above is not cheap and since most schools have no
other source of income, the fees range from Rs.
60000.00 upwards per year, with a few extras
(travel, uniform etc.). However, in true spirit of
equality, most schools are able to offer part or
Admission is usually by Entrance Test and/or
Interview, and is as fair as possible. Subject to
certain reservations for alumni children. Children
have to be registered with the school on payment of
a non-refundable Registration Fee.