Stewart School, Cuttack has its tell-tale glorious past, soaked in legend. Stewart School, Cuttack was founded in 1882 by the enterprise and generosity of Dr. William Day Stewart, a Civil Surgeon based at Cuttack. In 1910, the school was recognized as a Higher Elementary School by the Inspector of European Schools, Bihar and Orissa. The name of the school was altered to Stewart School, Cuttack, to perpetuate the name of its Founder, Dr. Stewart. In the year 1924 the school was confirmed in the status of Junior Secondary School and the Cambridge Syndicate sanctioned the opening of a center for Cambridge Examinations in the school. In the year 1974, the school was affiliated to CISCE, New Delhi. Stewart School, Cuttack is an Anglo-Indian School and its Principal is the State’s only Non-official representative on the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education.
The contribution of Stewart School, Cuttack in the field of education is immeasurable. Stewart School has been a trail-blazer in the educational firmament of Orissa. There are Six Stewart Schools in Orissa under the Management of Diocese of Cuttack, Church of North India catering to the educational needs of the people of Orissa. Stewart School, Cuttack, the oldest among the six and still towers like a giant in the educational spectrum of the state. It has been instrumental in cataclysmic changes that rewrote the socio-political history of Orissa. The illustrious alumni of this prestigious institution have reached top echelons of the society both at national and international levels. Incidentally, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose attended this school till class 7th . Thousands of reputed professionals spread across the globe feel proud to call themselves ex-Stewartonians. Stewart School, Cuttack continues to produce men and women with clarity of vision. Academic excellence is at the top of the hierarchy of the priorities of Stewart School. The Sterling performance of the students in ICSE examinations year after year, bears testimony to the achievements of Stewart School, Cuttack.
Currently the school has 2500 odd students and the number of Teachers is 80. The school is housed in an imposing complex of double-storeyed buildings. Spacious and airy classrooms, broad corridors, well-equipped laboratories, computer lab, an impressive centenary hall and a first class library-cum-reading room make the school learner-friendly. Well-laid out lawns in front and vast play grounds create an ambiance required for siphoning off pressures of academic pursuit. An affable and dedicated tribe of teachers make the school a second home for the school children.
Although our major thrust is on academic excellence, extra-curricular activities are given due emphasis. Sports, N.C.C. and cultural activities have a sobering effect on the minds of pupils. They not only ennoble and embolden the pupils but also foster the spirit of camaraderie. We make sure that everyone participates in games and sports. School Youth festival is an occasion when the whole school becomes aflame with color. Folk, art and culture forms are jolted out of stupor. The students belonging to four houses vie with one another for honors. Everyone gets saturated with the spirit of competition. The virtuoso display of art forms is a charming vignette of Indian culture and life style. Individual talents get acknowledged and encouraged in all these activities. Monthly quizzes, seminars, debates, exhibitions on philately, numismatics, environment, science etc. dot the academic year. Educational tours are organized invariably every year to give the children maximum exposure. In short, the school remains a beehive of activity round the year.
The Stewart School, Cuttack is a Christian Minority Educational Institution, which is being managed by the Managing Committee of the School. It is a Charitable Un-Aided Minority Educational. It does not receive any kind of financial assistance from the state either for development, maintenance of infrastructure or towards the salary of the staff. The sole income of the school is from the fees collected from the parents. It runs on no profit. The Stewart School, Cuttack is affiliated to the ICSE council, New Delhi and has received the Minority Status Certificate on 26th February 2009 from the National Commission for Minority Educational Institution (NCMEI), Government of India, New Delhi vide F. No. 1568 of 2008-3415.
The Stewart School, Cuttack does not come under the preview of RTE Act in view of the Judgement passed by Honorable Supreme Court of India in the matter of SOCIETY FOR UN-AIDED PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF RAJASTHAN VERSUS U.O.I. &ANR and PRAMATI EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL TRUST ® & ORS. VERSUS UNION OF INDIA & ORS.