Situated in the heart of England, Repton School has been home to a spiritual community for over 800 years. The 21st Century Repton is a fully co-educational school with a strong boarding ethos and is home to 650 pupils. Individuality flourishes within the context of a real community, and every Reptonian is encouraged to discover those areas in which he or she can excel.
Repton School has a total of 656 pupils, with 301 pupils in the Sixth Form.
Repton School Sports Centre opened by Olympian Adam Peaty MBE
Repton School opened its redeveloped Sports Centre with special guest Adam Peaty MBE - Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion and world-record holder, on Saturday 16 November at an official opening ceremony.
Adam Peaty used the Repton School Sports Centre swimming pool as his main training venue in the five years leading up to his historic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The multi-million pound investment in the Sports Centre has created state-of-the-art facilities including a strength and conditioning gym, new sports hall, physiotherapy room and conference and team spaces.
Addressing the crowd, Peaty thanked Repton School for continuing to invest in its sports provision and providing facilities for local communities. He highlighted the importance of the key role that sport plays in young peoples’ wellbeing, both physically and mentally, and emphasised his belief that without access to Repton’s facilities, his coach Melanie Marshall, and support from Repton School staff including Sports Centre Manager Leanne Chandler, he would not have gone on to become such an accomplished athlete.
He also expressed his excitement for the launch of Repton’s new ambitious swimming programme which will see the School position itself as a nationally-ranked performance centre and community club.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of Governors, Sir Henry Every Bt DL, commented: “Repton’s Aims and Ethos include producing young people that are resilient, robust, and determined team players. One of the best ways of achieving that is through sport. These redeveloped facilities allow everyone here at Repton to have a go and be inspired. Sport at Repton is truly for all. “
The sports facilities at Repton now include a new sports hall, strength and conditioning gym, squash courts, changing rooms, and conference and café facilities. Repton School has also recently announced that it has been shortlisted for a Sports award in the TES Independent School Awards 2020.
Repton School has announced an exciting and ambitious swimming programme which will see the School positioning itself as a nationally-ranked performance centre and community club.
The scheme has already attracted considerable interest and is set to grow rapidly with the appointment of a full-time Director of Swimming, who will lead the programme across the two sites of Repton and Foremarke Hall, and the development of an extensive competition and multi-squad training schedule, affiliated to East Midlands and Derbyshire Swimming. A junior development pathway will be added from January 2020 and the wider community will benefit too, with Learn to Swim schemes and holiday swimming camps on offer at both Repton and Foremarke alongside the performance programme.
Headmaster Mark Semmence comments: “This is a really exciting initiative, which has the potential to place Repton at the very heart of UK swimming. With the first-class coaching and specialist facilities that we are able to provide, our performance swimmers will have every opportunity to achieve success at the highest level, and we are equally delighted that it will bring the School and local community closer together.”
Repton’s young swimmers will be following in the wake of Adam Peaty - Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion and world-record holder - , who used the Repton pool as his main training venue in the five years leading up to his historic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The School is honoured to welcome Adam back to Repton this week to open its redeveloped Sports Centre, which now includes a new sports hall, strength and conditioning gallery, squash courts, changing rooms, and conference and café facilities.
Ian Pollock, Director of Sport, adds: "Across our two pools, new conditioning suite and coaching expertise, we are in a position to deliver the very best swimming and athletic development and this will provide young swimmers with all the conditions they need to maximise their potential."
The school teams now head to the London Aquatics Centre for the English Schools Swimming Association National Finals, having qualified for the first time within the top 14 in all four boys’ events.
Anyone interested in joining the Repton Swimming programme can contact Ian Pollock, Director of Sport, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @ReptonSwim on Twitter.
Repton School appoints Andrew Cook as Chief Development & Commercial Officer
Repton School is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Cook as Chief Development and Commercial Officer.
Andrew is currently Director of Fundraising and Communications at Walking with the Wounded, a charity that supports the most ‘at risk’ veterans in society, to rebuild their lives, integrate back into society and provide sustainable independence free from third sector and state support.
Over the last 20 years, Andrew’s career has focused on strategic corporate development, business management, marketing PR and Communications. At the core of his experience is a successful track record of creating, managing and delivering projects across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors all of which have been aimed at growing revenues, audience and profile. He has led the commercial growth of a national media brand, worked on behalf of corporates to develop their philanthropic strategies through third sector partnerships and during the last seven years led the income generation and marketing communications for one of the UK’s most recognisable service charities.
Andrew’s new role as Repton’s Chief Development and Commercial Officer will see him join the Executive Team to implement the development strategy and maximise the commercial opportunities available to both Repton and Foremarke Hall. He will work closely with our alumni to broaden participation and engagement, and facilitate close engagement with the business community, locally, nationally and across the international portfolio of schools.
Headmaster Mark Semmence commented: “After an extensive search, I am excited to be welcoming Andrew Cook to Repton in September. Andrew’s expertise across both the commercial and fundraising sectors will make him well positioned in helping to shape the evolution of Repton as a leading global education brand as we enter an ambitious new stage of development.”
Andrew commented: “It is an enormous privilege to join the Repton and Foremarke Hall community. With the independent schools sector becoming an ever increasingly competitive market, the schools’ heritage, passionate alumni and vision of the Governing Body and Executive Team make for a tremendously exciting future and one I am very much looking forward to playing a role in cultivating for generations to come”.
Repton School is celebrating an exceptional set of GCSE results with 43.1% of grades awarded 9, 8, A* and 66.5% of entries awarded 9, 8, 7, A*, A.
Particular congratulations go to Alexander Mair who achieved a clean sweep of 9, A* in his 11 GCSE examinations and to Kahina Chaibi who gained 11 GCSEs at 9, A*. Poppy Kellock, Zara Knowles, Lily Parker, Harry Scutt and Zara Wedgwood were each awarded nine grades at 9, A*.
Repton School Headmaster Mr Mark Semmence congratulated all pupils on their success: “The outstanding set of results from the GCSE cohort as a whole is testament to their dedication, hard work and the incredible support they have received from all staff members.
It is particularly impressive that Reptonians consistently achieve such a high standard of results alongside their various extra-curricular and sporting commitments. Congratulations to all for building an excellent foundation with which to start your Sixth Form career and A Levels.”
Repton School pupils are celebrating their A Level results with 12% of entries being awarded an A* grade.
Serena Cole takes up her offer to study Medicine at Trinity, Cambridge with an astounding result of five A*s. She will be joined by Emily Smith who will read Medicine at St. John’s, Cambridge after gaining three A*s. Lucas Pringle will read English at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge after also achieving a clean sweep of three A*s. Serena, Emily and Lucas also each achieved an A* in their Extended Project Qualifications. Sam Riley will read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Marcus Tarrant will read Economics and Management at Pembroke, Oxford.
The results have once again led to diversification in the higher education pathways chosen by Repton School pupils with many choosing to head to the USA for their university studies. Ellie Mitchell takes up an offer to study at Brown (one of the eight Ivy League universities) whilst Emilia Kaczmarczyk and Esme Gibson gained hockey scholarships to well renowned universities. Tommy Redhead has accepted an offer to study at Fairfield with a soccer scholarship, and Martin Thomas will study at UT in Tyler, where he will continue to develop his tennis.
Many Reptonians will commence studies on the UK’s top-ranked university courses including Finance and Mathematics at the London School of Economics, Engineering at universities including Imperial College, University College London, and Loughborough. As ever, Exeter remains a popular choice with a number of students accepting offers to study here in courses including Politics and International Relations, as well as History and Liberal Arts.
There have been a number of successes with our aspiring medics. As well as Serena and Emily securing their places to read medicine at the University of Cambridge, Katherine Carr will take up her offer to read medicine at Edinburgh, Matthew Rhodes will study medicine at the University of East Anglia, and Rahul Kaushal-Bolland heads off to read medicine at Palacký University Olomouc, in the Czech Republic.
Matthew Bowman, captain of Repton School’s 2018-19 1st XI football team, successfully combined the completion of his A Levels with his signing of a professional contract with Dunfermline Athletic, demonstrating how Repton’s specialist football programme allows pupils to develop their football without compromising their academic prospects.
Repton School’s Headmaster, Mr Mark Semmence, commented: “I am delighted that the hard work and application of our pupils and the support of our staff has allowed so many of our leavers to achieve their aspirations beyond Repton. The School is always proud of the achievements of Reptonians and never more so than on Results Day – congratulations!”
Repton School welcomes promising footballer Hugo McAteer
Repton School is delighted to be welcoming talented young footballer Hugo McAteer into B Block (Year 9) in the new academic year. Hugo will join Repton from Queensland, Australia, where he currently plays at the highest level for his age group.
Hugo moved to Australia from Chester when he was five years old and has proved to be a gifted midfielder from a young age. He has played for Adelaide City and Northern New South Wales where he was linked with the Liverpool Football Academy in Lismore and was awarded ‘Player of the Year’ for his age group in 2018.
McAteer joined Gold Coast United FC’s U13 National Premier League’s programme in 2019 and looks set to follow in the footsteps of his uncle who had an eminent international football career representing the Republic of Ireland and Liverpool FC.
Speaking to Repton School, Hugo’s mother commented: “Hugo is very fortunate to have many family and friends in the UK who can’t wait to see him settle at Repton and continue with his dreams to play in the English Premiership one day. He loves football so much and is looking forward to starting with Leicester City Academy in October after a football trip with his current school to Seville.”
Repton School is one of the most established football schools in the UK and is able to offer football to all pupils, from academy-level footballers looking for high educational standards alongside a nationally competitive football programme, to recreational players who just love the game.
Pupils are able to develop their football without compromising their academic prospects and increasing numbers of footballers at Repton go on to play in the professional game or accept university scholarships, both in the UK and abroad.
Repton School’s Director of Football, Mr Matt Carrington, commented: ““We are delighted that Hugo is coming from Australia to join us here at Repton. He looks to be a player of some talent and we are excited to be playing our part in both his football and academic development. We are passionate about ensuring that our talented footballers also have strong academic qualifications so they are prepared for any eventuality.
The success of our approach can clearly be seen by the fact that our 1st XI captain from two years ago is now on a scholarship at a leading American university, and last year's captain secured a two-year professional contract, beginning after he completed his A Levels in June. Alongside this we have Old Reptonians playing professionally in places such as the USA and Sweden after completing degree courses. That said, for our reputation to be reaching as far afield as Australia is really quite amazing. I know that there is already considerable professional academy interest in Hugo and we will be looking to work with the academy with the right approach for Hugo regarding both his football and academic ambitions.”
Repton School pupil Zara Wedgwood has won the Impact on Society award at the Triumph Design Awards 2019 with her project ‘One Wheel Water Transporter’.
The Triumph Design Awards invites students age 16-18 to solve real world problems and encourages innovative and creative thinking. The project allows young design engineers to develop their potential whilst demonstrating how design engineering is an exciting and useful career that has helped shape the world we know.
Zara’s project involved creating a solution for families in developing countries to transport large amounts of water. Zara worked with the exam board design theme of ‘supporting developing countries’ and her research and communications with a water charity led to specific focus on the issue of families often having to walk long distances with heavy water carriers. The solution also addresses the issue of uneven terrain on roads. The project successfully secured her a £150 prize and a week of work experience with Triumph. She was also awarded a trophy made from parts of the new Rocket motorbike.
Repton School’s Head of Design & Technology, Miss Gemma Hill, also praised Zara’s success: ““The department is absolutely thrilled with Zara’s achievement in receiving this national award, and the initiative she has shown throughout the design process. Her solution successfully combines functional design with an innovative solution to a real problem. We are very proud of her and are confident her talents and success in the fields of STEM subjects will inspire upcoming students in the department to enter the competition in the future!”
Lord Digby Jones, Triumph’s Chairman, commented: “Every year my faith in the young people of this country is renewed and deepened by the excellence, innovation, courage and ideas that are on display at the Triumph Design Awards.”
Numerous Repton School pupils have secured science-related placements and awards this week.
Oliver Whittingham, Alex Berger and Callum Inman have each secured competitive Headstart places this summer at Belfast, Kent and Exeter universities in the fields of Forensic Science, Chemistry and Engineering respectively. Headstart offers placements to experience the reality of university life and to sample degree courses for up to week at some of the top universities in the UK.
It was fantastic to hear that Callum has also received a prestigious Gold CREST award for his independent project involving the design of an automatic watering system. CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects and inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.
The achievements continue as Fran Cole and Doug Robinson were each awarded a competitive place on the Gifted & Talented programme at Dundee University this summer in the field of Biology & Biomedical Science.
Head of Science, Dr Stuart Ingleston-Orme, adds "These are wonderful and noteworthy achievements. Enrichment opportunities such as Gifted and Talented programmes, CREST and Headstart enable our pupils to explore areas of science beyond the traditional confines of our syllabi, to develop their skills of independent work, critical analysis and interpretation, and also to appreciate more broadly the role of science within the wider community including within businesses and universities. We are very proud indeed of Callum, Fran, Ollie, Doug and Alex and wish them every success with these and their future endeavours.”
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