Scotch News

Message from the Chairman - 20th June 2022

On behalf of the Scotch College Council I am pleased to announce that, following an extensive national and international search in partnership with Hutton Consulting Australia, Dr Scott Marsh has been appointed as the next Principal of Scotch College, from January 2023.

Dr Marsh is currently Headmaster of William Clarke College (WCC), a thriving, co-educational Prep to Year 12 Anglican School of over 1,900 students, in Sydney’s north-west. Dr Marsh’s passion for educating and developing young people spans 30 years. He is a respected and innovative leader, a contributor to national and international educational debate, and a highly regarded Principal among his students, staff and the wider school community.

Prior to taking up his current role in 2017, Dr Marsh was Deputy Headmaster at WCC. This followed earlier appointments as Director of Studies, Teaching and Learning at Sydney Church of England Co-Educational Grammar School in Cremorne (SCECGS Redlands); Director of Music and Assistant Boarding House Master at The King’s School, Parramatta; and Faculty Head of Music at the Australian International School in Singapore.

Dr Marsh brings a deep understanding of school dynamics and a collaborative approach to organisational improvement. He has a vision for boys’ education that encourages innovation, independent thought, excellence and a sense of service – along with inclusivity and respect for all members of the community. “It will be a privilege to continue to build upon Scotch’s outstanding reputation in the area of character education and to help produce young men who will serve and shape their communities, the nation and the world,” said Dr Marsh.

He speaks to respecting and honouring the past, and the School’s traditions, whilst leading Scotch into the future. “I look forward to working closely with the boys, families, the Old Scotch Collegians’ Association, the Foundation and the whole Scotch community, to build on the School’s great strengths; notably its Christian ethos, its commitment to excellence and service, and the wide and varied opportunities and challenges available to all students.”

“I will seek to follow Tom Batty’s achievements by harnessing the Scotch Family’s enormous store of creativity, goodwill, expertise and love for the School. Scotch has an outstanding record in many areas, including mathematics, languages, music and rowing.  We can encourage and engage all the boys, whatever their passions or level of ability, to share in academic and co-curricular achievement.”

“I know the Scotch staff, both teaching and non-teaching, are a highly-talented and dedicated team. They will be instrumental in determining and driving Scotch’s future for our students.”

Dr Marsh is married to Anna, a Pilates instructor and former school chaplain, and they have two teenage children, Stella and Denzel. The family will reside on the Hill at Hawthorn, and Denzel will attend Scotch from the beginning of 2023 in Year 10.

Dr Marsh’s interests embrace the arts and sports, having performed as a professional musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Opera and Australian Ballet Orchestra. He competed at senior levels in both Rugby Union and Rugby League. Dr Marsh looks forward to embracing Australian Rules Football when he arrives in Melbourne.

I again acknowledge and thank Tom Batty for his unswerving commitment over his 14 years at the helm and thank Rob McLaren for taking on the Acting Principal role in the interim period.

On behalf of the whole Scotch community, I congratulate Dr Marsh on his appointment as our 10th Principal, and look forward to welcoming the Marsh family to Scotch College next year.

Alex Sloan



Further biographical information - Dr Scott Marsh

Dr Marsh has a Bachelor of Music Education (Sydney University - Sydney Conservatorium of Music), a Master’s in Education - Curriculum and Administration Studies (Deakin University), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Macquarie University).

His work has been recognised internationally and published in leading educational journals. He is a reviewer for two international educational journals.

Dr Marsh also serves on the board of the Association of Independent Schools Research Council, an advisory body for advancing educational research.  He is also a lecturer and author of a number of publications in school leadership and organisational improvement.

At WCC, Dr Marsh and his team have focused on driving excellence and a holistic approach to education, which has seen a significant and sustained improvement in academic performance, together with strong growth in student numbers, and student and staff satisfaction and engagement. In seeking to prepare students for success beyond school, the College has conducted a significant review of its curriculum.