The Doon School

boarding school at Dehradun

The Doon School (informally Doon School or Doon) is a boys-only independent boarding school in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. It was founded in 1935 by Satish Ranjan Das, a Kolkata lawyer, who prevised a school modelled on the British public school, but conscious of Indian ambitions and desires. The school's first headmaster was an Englishman, Arthur E. Foot, who had spent nine years as a science master at Eton College, England before coming to Doon, and returned to England right after India's independence. The current headmaster is Matthew Raggett, who succeeded Peter McLaughlin in 2016, and is the fourth British headmaster in Doon's history. He is a member of Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, UK.The school is a member of G20 Schools and Round Square group. Doon houses roughly 500 pupils aged 13 to 18. Admission to the school is based on a competitive entrance examination and an interview. Every year in January and April, the school admits pupils aged 13 in Grade 7 (known as D-form) and aged 14 in Grade 8 (C-form) respectively. Doon pupils take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams in tenth grade, which replaced Indian Certificate of Secondary Education in 2017, and are thereafter offered two strands for the final two years: International Baccalaureate (IB) or Indian School Certificate (ISC). The school began offering the IB curriculum only in 2006, before which all pupils had to sit the ISC examinations in twelfth grade. Doon has been ranked the best residential school in India, including by BBC, The Times of India and The New York Times. Although the school has often been cited as 'Eton of India' by media outlets such as the BBC, The Guardian, The Spectator, Financial Times, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph and Forbes, it strongly eschews the label. Doon remains a boys-only school despite continued pressure from political leaders, including former President Pratibha Patil, to become coeducational. Old boys of the school are commonly known as Doscos. Although the total number of former pupils is relatively small (estimated at 5,000 since the school's founding), they include some of India's most prominent politicians, government officials and business leaders. The best known alumnus is the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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