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 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”.
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.”
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