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 is pleased to announce that six Oxbridge places have been offered to pupils in a variety of disciplines.
Repton School is pleased to announce that six Oxbridge places have been offered to pupils in a variety of disciplines.
Four of the offers came from Oxford and were received by Charlie Furniss (to read Law at St Edmund’s Hall); Callum Inman (Engineering at Keble); William Whitten (Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at St Hilda’s) and Ollie Whittingham (Biochemistry at St Anne’s).
Two pupils have had offers from Cambridge; Sarah Murphy (Veterinary Medicine at Girton) and Jacob Davies (Linguistics at St John’s).
Repton School’s Headmaster, Mr Mark Semmence, commented: “Our warmest congratulations go to these Reptonians. Competition for places at Oxford and Cambridge is more intense than ever and their success in securing offers is down to sustained hard work, along with the support of their teachers. We are delighted for them.”
The Oxbridge places are the first in what we hope will be a series of offers from prestigious universities for Repton School pupils. We await further news for our candidates applying for Medicine, to the Russell Group universities and for those making overseas applications, including to the USA.
Jacob Davies (Linguistics at St John’s, Cambridge)
Charlie Furniss (Law at St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford)
Callum Inman (Engineering at Keble, Oxford)
Sarah Murphy (Veterinary Medicine at Girton, Cambridge)
William Whitten (Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at St Hilda’s, Oxford)
Ollie Whittingham (Biochemistry at St Anne’s, Oxford)
Repton Appoints Olympian and International Coach As Its Director of Swimming
Repton School has appointed Scott Talbot as its Director of Swimming from September 2020. Scott, currently in Australia preparing swimmers for the Tokyo Olympics Games, brings a huge amount of experience to
Repton School has appointed Scott Talbot as its Director of Swimming from September 2020.
Scott has coached swimmers competing at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games and was previously the New Zealand national team coach, winning the coveted New Zealand Swimming Coach of the Year award in 2010. With the Australian national team since 2013 and as High Performance coach for the highly prestigious Nunawading Swimming Club in Melbourne, he is currently working with athletes preparing for this summer’s Tokyo Games, before taking up his post at Repton.
As a backstroke specialist, Scott represented New Zealand from 1999 to 2006, competing in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Athens Olympics in 2004, as well as the Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
He comes from a background of competitive swimming – both parents were very successful and highly acclaimed international coaches. His father has been both Australian and Canadian Head Coach at numerous Olympics and his mother was an Olympic silver-medallist for Australia and Head Coach for New Zealand and the Australian Paralympian Team.
This appointment follows Repton School’s recent announcement of an ambitious new swimming programme which will see Repton positioning itself as a nationally-ranked performance centre and community club - and Talbot will be spearheading this exciting initiative.
Scott is very enthusiastic about the potential of his new role: “It is a great honour to have this opportunity to work at Repton. I am really excited by the School’s vision and ambition, and by the challenge of creating a leading performance and community swimming programme – there is so much that we can achieve as a team of athletes, staff and coaches. And as a family we are very much looking forward to our move to the UK and to Derbyshire.”
At his disposal will be the pools at Repton School and Foremarke Hall, as well as strengthening and conditioning suites and other facilities in the redeveloped Repton School Sports Centre. This was re-opened in November 2019 by Adam Peaty, Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion and world-record holder, who, with coach Mel Marshall, 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.
Mark Semmence, Headmaster of Repton, comments, “We are absolutely delighted to have appointed a coach of Scott’s outstanding calibre and his experience of working with some of the top swimmers in the world will be an inspiration to our young athletes. He brings a wealth of coaching expertise, which will allow us to realise our shared vision of building a community club and aspiring to national and international success.”
Repton Hockey Club wins three out of four Junior National Indoor Titles 2020
Repton Hockey Club wins Boys and Girls U16's and Girls U18's National Indoor Titles in the Club Super 6's 2020. The Club, who train at Repton School's indoor hockey pitch, has had a hugely successful indoor season.
Following a weekend when all four of Repton School’s indoor hockey teams qualified for the National Finals and the U18 girls were crowned the 2020 Champions, many of the same players were in action again this weekend, competing in the Club National Indoor Super 6s. The U18 girls’ competition was hosted at Repton School – also home to the Club - in their recently-opened Sports Centre, which now provides a full-sized indoor hockey pitch and spectator seating for 235.
Repton Hockey Club, established in 2016 by Repton School’s Director of Hockey Martin Jones and local parents, has enjoyed remarkable success over the last four years. This year saw the Club qualifying for the Indoor Finals with both its boys and girls at U16 and U18, with three of the teams topping their groups to make it through to the final stage of the competition.
A tight semi-final against Marlow saw the U18 girls into the final and success against Canterbury. The U16 girls were in very strong form in their semi-final victory against Surbiton Colts, 6-1, before going on to take their title in the final against Harleston Magpies. After a tremendous semi-final performance against Clifton Robinsons, the U16 boys had a nail-biting finish to their competition: 2-2 at full-time in a very close and hard-fought final against Surbiton with the title decided by a penalty shoot-out – and Repton Hockey Club coming out the winners.
This was an exciting climax to a remarkably successful indoor season for the Club, who finish with three England Hockey Super 6s titles on top of promotion to the National Premier Division for their Ladies’ and Men’s indoor teams.
Headmaster of Repton School Mark Semmence comments, “Our warmest congratulations to Repton Hockey Club for their success in this year’s National Indoor Finals – a superb achievement. We are delighted to support the Club and its work across the local community and wish both school and club teams the best of luck as they now look ahead to the outdoor competitions.”
Repton School and Repton Primary School Partnership
A new partnership has been agreed between Repton School and Repton Primary School. This "Schools Together" initiative takes in both academic programmes and extracurricular activities.
Repton School and Repton Primary School have signed a new partnership agreement which will promote stronger links between the two schools and enhance educational opportunities right across the community of the South Derbyshire village.
The partnership takes in both academic programmes and extracurricular activities. Repton Primary children already benefit from access to facilities such as the Repton School swimming pool, sports centre and theatre, and now they will also be able to participate in more enrichment activities at the senior school. Repton staff are helping the youngsters to explore science in special events hosted in the Science Priory, while enthusiastic young mathematicians have joined a Royal Institution Masterclass, delivered by Repton School students.
Another new initiative will see Repton supporting progress and attainment in literacy, with plans to involve senior students in reading activities and for a writing workshop at Repton – where children’s writer Roald Dahl, author of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, was himself a pupil.
Repton’s Community Action volunteers really value opportunities like these to work with the primary school, where they also support after-school clubs in drama, languages and crafts, and sports coaching.
Headmaster of Repton, Mark Semmence, welcomes the closer ties. “The School is delighted to be strengthening its involvement with our local primary school - we are part of one village and one community, and all our young people benefit from the opportunities to work together.
Headteacher of Repton Primary School, Steve Tague, shares this enthusiasm: “We really value our fantastic relationship with Repton School and our pupils benefit greatly from access to some amazing facilities which definitely enhances their learning. In return we hope we can offer Repton students an open door of opportunity through engagement with our children. We are looking forward to some exciting times ahead as our relationship develops further.”
The Department for Education and the Independent Schools Council launched the ‘Schools Together’ initiative in April 2016 and it now has well over 1,000 independent schools in partnerships with the maintained sector.
From September 2020, Repton School and Foremarke Hall are merging to create one school, Repton.
Repton will provide a co-educational boarding and day school for 3-18 year olds.
Repton School and Foremarke Hall have announced that they are formally merging to create one school, called Repton, from September 2020. This move will bring the two institutions together into a single entity and create one purposeful, integrated educational journey from 3 to 18, characterised throughout by the two schools’ existing hallmarks of academic rigour, first-class pastoral care, sporting excellence, individual opportunity, personal development and a commitment to a full boarding ethos.
The preparatory school was founded by Repton in 1940, moving to its current site at the Georgian mansion of Foremarke Hall in 1947. As part of the same foundation and under one Governing Body, the relationship between the schools has always been strong, but by bringing their operations closer together the merger will significantly enhance both academic and extra-curricular opportunities for pupils right across the age range. Closer co-ordination will allow for effective use of specialist staff, facilities and support services across the two sites, and an imaginative new curriculum will create a cohesive academic pathway, enabling Reptonians of all ages to develop the confidence, intellectual ambition and genuine enthusiasm for learning which will bring them success in their public exams and the world beyond.
Repton Headmaster Mark Semmence will have over-arching responsibility for the whole school (3-18) as CEO, while Robert Relton will retain responsibility of the Prep.
Chairman of Governors Sir Henry Every comments, “This is an exciting moment in Repton’s history and delivers a clear statement of our unwavering commitment to provide the very best modern education for our pupils, from pre-prep to pre-university.”
Notes to the editor:
• Founded in 1557, Repton School is a leading co-educational day and boarding school of approximately 630 pupils in South Derbyshire, with a further 435 at the preparatory school.
• Fully co-educational since 1990s, in 2020 Repton is celebrating 50 years since the arrival of female pupils and 40 years since the opening of its first girls’ house.
• Both schools have a very strong tradition in sport, especially hockey and football, and Repton has just won its 40th national schools’ hockey title.
• The latest development has been a £9 million refurbishment and extension of its Sport Centre. Repton has just announced an ambitious swimming programme, aiming to become a nationally-ranked performance centre as well as a community club.
• Repton UK leads an international educational family, with established Repton schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, another further projects under development in Bulgaria, Egypt, Malaysia, Thailand and China.
Alumni include: all-rounder CB Fry; authors Roald Dahl and Christopher Isherwood; Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury; Formula One technical director Adrian Newey; more recently, actors Tom Chambers, Nicholas Burns and George Rainsford; footballer Will Hughes; four members of the GB women’s hockey team that won gold at the Rio Olympics.
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”.
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