St. Andrew's Scots School

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Saint Andrew's Scots School
(Spanish: Escuela Escocesa San Andrés)
Nogoyá 550

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CP 1636

Funding typePrivate
MottoesThus one goes to the stars
Religious affiliation(s)Presbyterian Church
Patron saint(s)Saint Andrew
Established1 September 1838 (181 years ago) (1838-09-01)
HeadmasterSebastián Rubens y Rojo
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese
Hours in school day7:50 until 15:30 or 16:30 (depending on schedule)
Campus typeField
HousesBrown, Dodds, Fleming, Monteith
Color(s)         Navy blue and white
SportsBasketball, football, field hockey, rugby, swimming, volleyball
Team nameClub San Andrés
AffiliationsUniversity of San Andrés

The Saint Andrew's Scots School (Spanish: Escuela Escocesa San Andrés), also referred to as Saint Andrew's, is an Argentine bilingual school in Olivos, Vicente López Partido, Buenos Aires Province.

Established in 1838 in downtown Buenos Aires, it is the oldest school of British origin in South America.

The school offers early childhood, primary and secondary education and has a university founded in 1988.

The school's campus is located in San Fernando, Tigre Partido, inside the urban area known as Greater Buenos Aires.


A youth football team of the school of 1934

The school was established in Argentina on September 1, 1838, by a group of Scottish immigrants who wanted to educate their children in their native language, culture and religion. At the beginning only girls were admitted, although the school accepted boys soon after.

The first location of the school was in Piedras 55, in downtown Buenos Aires. The institution was later moved to the neighbourhood of Constitución, where children from many nationalities attended. The chapel moved to the streets of Belgrano and Perú where it still remains.

In 1882, Scotsman Alexander Watson Hutton (considered the father of Argentine football), arrived to Buenos Aires after being hired by St. Andrew's as headmaster. Hutton encouraged the teaching of sports at the school, which conflicted with the position of the authorities of not considering sports as important as he did. Due to his disagreeing with the policies of the establishment, Hutton resigned one year later. After leaving St. Andrew's, Hutton founded his own institution, the Buenos Aires English High School, where he applied his ideas on the teaching of sports in Argentina.[1][2]

In 1947, the school moved to Olivos, Vicente López Partido, and in 1988 the institution opened the University of San Andrés.[3] A new campus by Jeffrey J. Berk Arquitectos was inaugurated in 2018 with interior design by Rosan Bosch[4][5].


Football pioneers[edit]

The team that won the first Argentine Primera División title in 1891

In 1890 the college established "St. Andrew's Athletic Club", whose football team was formed by railway workers.[6] The sport had been introduced in Argentina in 1867, with St. Andrew's being one of the first clubs of the country.

St. Andrew's won the first Primera División championship organised in 1891,[7] by the Argentine Association Football League, the first football association in the country and predecessor of current Argentine Football Association.

After winning the title (shared with Old Caledonians), St. Andrew's did not take part in official competitions until 1894, being dissolved soon after.

Present days[edit]

In 1911 the principal of the school, William Hardie, founded the Club San Andrés, a sports club that only admitted alumni and students.[8] Sports currently practised at the club include rugby union, field hockey and association football. Its rugby team plays at the Torneo de la URBA Grupo I, the first division in the league system of the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires.[9]

Today the school has many sports such as athletics, badminton, basketball, association football, rugby union, swimming, tennis and volleyball.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Un poco de historia" – St. Andrew's official site
  2. ^ Historia del Fútbol Amateur en la Argentina, by Jorge Iwanczuk. Published by Autores Editores (1992) – ISBN 9504343848.
  3. ^ Historia del Colegio – official website Archived 2011-11-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Jardín de infantes Colegio San Andrés". Jeffrey J. Berk Arquitectos.
  5. ^ "St. Andrew's Scots School / Rosan Bosch Studio". ArchDaily.
  6. ^ La primera fecha! by Jorge Gallego on CIHF, 16 Apr 2016
  7. ^ "Desempates en el fútbol argentino: 1891–2008", Centro para la Investigación de la Historia del Fútbol (CIHF), 20 January 2009
  8. ^ "Quiénes somos: institucional – historia" at Club San Andrés website
  9. ^ San Andrés at URBA website
  10. ^ Educación Física: Programa de Estudios at School website

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