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 Swimming doubles its membership during lockdown
Repton Swimming has seen its membership numbers double since reopening on 25 July,2020. Key to this rapid growth has been the arrival of double Olympian Scott Talbot as Repton's new Director of Swimming.
16th September 2020 — Rapidly going from strength to strength, Repton Swimming has seen numbers double since reopening its doors on 25th July. From the initial launch with 17 in November 2019, its membership has now grown to over 80, comprising both Repton pupils and local swimmers and meeting the vision of a club that serves both school and community.
Key to this rapid development has been the arrival of double Olympian Scott Talbot as Repton’s new Director of Swimming. He brings a tremendous amount of expertise and experience to Repton, from training swimmers at the Olympics Games and coaching the New Zealand National swimming team to competing himself in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
Re-opening has required careful planning and management, and all swimmers are adhering to all government and Swim England guidelines regarding social distancing, coach-to-swimmer ratio, lane numbers, cleaning, and protection for staff. But with two 25m, six-lane pools across both Repton and Repton Prep sites, the club provides a perfect training environment for any ambitious performance swimmer. They have access to coaching across all seven days and pool sessions are supported by specialist Strength and Conditioning work at least twice a week. In June 2020 Repton Swimming was granted fully affiliated club status by Swim England, meaning Repton will not only be represented in schools’ competitions but also within the Swim England competition framework. This combination of club status and control over school facilities means that training can take place uninterrupted and a full schedule is now well underway.
Scott Talbot, Director of Swimming, commented: “Since the return to training in August, there has been a real excitement and energy building around Repton Swimming. Our aim is to create a programme with multiple representatives at regional, national and, eventually, international level, and culturally we want to build a strong environment that promotes both team and individual success. Our first goal when competition resumes will be to compete in the Arena League, with the ultimate target of winning the title within five years.”
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Repton's Director of Cricket is all set to enter England Cricket Training Camp
Chris Read, Repton’s Director of Cricket, is all set to enter England Cricket Training Camp
18th June 2020 — England Cricket announced yesterday that Repton's Director of Cricket, Chris Read will be the wicketkeeping consultant for the Three-match Test Series against the West Indies. He will join a management team of men who will be coaching the 30-strong “Behind closed doors England training group” at the Ageas Bowl training camp on Tuesday 23rd June ahead of the Test starting Wednesday 8th July.
Former wicket keeper batsman, Chris Read made 52 appearances for England and played for Nottingham CCC from 1998-2017, captaining the side for 10 years. Upon retiring from Trent Bridge, Chris took up a full time position as Director of Cricket at Repton School.
Ed Smith, National Selector commented, “Everyone involved with England is delighted that cricket is returning soon, and that the players are reporting for group training in preparation for the Test series against the West Indies”
ECB Performance Director, Mo Bobat added, “The support that we’ve received from counties during our return to training phase so far has been excellent, ad its great to be able to continue this collaborative approach as we move into a “Behind Closed Doors” training environment. Chris Read’s vast experience at the highest level will no doubt add value”
Chris Read commented, “It is a great honor to have been asked to be involved in the England Cricket coaching team for the upcoming Test Series. I am very much looking forward to working with some of England’s most highly talented cricketers.”
Repton Girls' 1st XI Maintain The School's Proud Hockey Record
Repton has won more National Hockey Titles than any other school in the history of the National School Championships with Forty One successes to date across all age groups and both genders.
16th June 2020 — Repton has won more National Hockey Titles than any other school in the history of the National School Championships with forty one successes to date across all age groups and both genders. 2020 saw two more Titles added to this tally with three more teams competing at the latter stages of National Finals before all play was suspended. Whilst in this and in recent years, the boys have been matching the girls’ success, it is the Girls’ 1st XI who have long been the flag bearers for the School and they continued to achieve at a level far superior to any other School this season.
When England Hockey announced that the U18 T1 National Final against Framlingham would not take place this year, it meant that the current 1st XI did not have the opportunity to emulate those before them as they were aiming to add the outdoor title to the Indoor Title that they won impressively in January when they beat St George’s College 3-0 in the National Final. Throughout the season though, the 1st XI have averaged in excess of eight goals per game which includes all fixtures against Schools, University 1st XIs and National League Ladies Club sides so despite not winning the National Title they will be remembered as one of Repton’s best ever 1st XIs for their consistent performances throughout the season.
Over the years, the Girls 1st XI record has been hugely impressive. Dating back to 2015, the 1st XI have now won 55 consecutive National Championship games and had they won this year’s final, it would have been 5 National Titles in a row for Repton.
The record of the 1st XI in the England Hockey National Competition, since their first win in 2005, is quite remarkable and reads as follows:
Played 195, Won 190, Drawn 2 and Lost 3 which amount to 12 National victories, this year’s shared Title, two runners-up medals and one third-placed finish in sixteen seasons.
Through a balanced programme of team training and individual development during two terms of intense competition and a term of technical development for the most able, Repton has produced athletes for the past five Olympic Games, including three medallists at Rio 2016 and continues to produce players that progress to Great Britain’s centralised programme.
Success has also come to our Girls 1st XI on an individual level this season as many have achieved International success and others have gained experience of playing National League hockey. Earlier this month, the 1st XI captain Lily Walker, won the England Hockey Womens Emerging Performance Player of the Year Award for 2020. Despite being the youngest GB EDP player, Lily’s technical ability, quiet confidence and approach both on and off the pitch has stood out to National coaches and we wish her well in what will definitely be a bright future.
Adding to other former pupils playing and studying in the USA, currently at Harvard, Iowa, Kent State, Louisville, Princeton, Stanford and UConn, another of this year’s leavers Imogen Hatton joins American University in Washington DC in the coming months to play in the Patriot League and there will no doubt be more who follow this path in the coming months and years.
Mr Martin Jones, Director of Hockey at Repton, commented “This has been a truly wonderful season for our Girls 1st team, and for all our hockey teams at Repton, but which obviously did end sooner than we all would have liked. This years girls have an abundance of talent and have been a great group to have had the pleasure of working with. I hope that the leavers continue to enjoy their hockey journey wherever they go and I wish them all the best for the future.”
Repton Swimming Awarded Official Affiliated Club Status
Repton are delighted to announce that Repton Swimming has recently been awarded Official Affiliated Club Status by Swim England.
15th June 2020 —
When competition restarts after the current period away from the pool, Repton will have representatives in County, Regional and National competitions, as well as all club level galas that will be entered. It also means that Repton’s ever increasing number of performance swimmers have a seamless and unified experience between their School and club programme.
As the club continues to grow, Repton swimmers will be able to follow a continuous swimming journey from the Learn To Swim stage all the way through to High Performance level. The programme is not limited to Repton pupils either. We are delighted to have opened the club up to community members too.
Ian Pollock, Director of Sport at Repton School, said “This project has been the aim of the School for a while now and puts us in a very strong position moving forward. Our vision is to become a leading club and we believe we have the facilities and structure to do that. With having two 25m 6 lane pools across Repton and Repton Prep School, a newly developed Strength and Conditioning Gym and top class coaching, Repton swimmers will certainly be provided with an outstanding programme. Our differentiating factor compared to many programmes is that this programme is driven by providing the best possible quality, at the best possible times of day, allowing swimmers to thrive in the pool and away from it.”
The club has already seen exponential growth in the short time it has been in existence. When training groups were created in November 2019, Repton had seventeen swimmers for that first session, early on a wet November morning. We expect sixty swimmers to be in our programme when we restart for the 2020-21 season with no doubt more joining as sport returns to normality.
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Despite lockdown Repton's Music department have continued to record their brilliant musicians on a variety of platforms throughout the term and the music has definitely played on!
10th June 2020 — If anyone thought COVID-19 was going to stop Repton's musicians from playing or recording music, they would have been very much mistaken! Despite lockdown, and with many of their pupils being miles away from each other, Repton's Music Department have continued to record their brilliant musicians on a variety of platforms and the “music has definitely played on!” All music lessons have continued to take place online and any weekly musical group meetings have carried on remotely. Weekly chapel services have continued throughout the Summer term with ‘live‘ music on Wednesdays from a variety of musical delights.
Summer term, started with the Repton Community Singing Challenge. This musical challenge encouraged over 100 pupils and staff to sing “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”. Pupils were asked to sing along to a backing track, record their voices and then send it to the Director of Music, Mr Oliver Walker, to mix. The finished recording was then published far and wide and can be heard here:
At the end of April and start of May, The Repton Young Musician of the Year took place. Both the Junior and Senior rounds were recorded remotely. The Repton Young Musician Final is one of the musical highlights of the year. Usually, solo performances of breath-taking quality mixed with doses of adrenaline, sweat, nerves and a highly competitive edge occur. The quality of the performances on show were truly magnificent, the event became virtual and for this year they removed the competition element, instead offering a celebration of these great musical children. Both concerts can be heard here:
The Young Musician of the year was followed by the B Block Concert, recorded remotely featuring all Repton's Music Award holders in that lovely year group. A truly amazing concert that can be heard here:
Repton's latest musical extravaganza has been Billy Joel’s classic, “And so it goes”. Performed by their close harmony group “Reptiles” and shared with the Repton community at the start of June. It truly is stunning. Please listen to it here:
REpton are now working on a Concert Band video with over 40 pupils performing on their instruments and three smaller performances - all of which will string together into one Summer Concert for the end of term.
Mr Oliver Walker, Director of Music commented “I have been absolutely thrilled by the level of pupil engagement with music during the lockdown period. Instrumental and singing lessons have continued online as normal, with some pupils actually requesting lessons on new instruments. Ensembles and choirs have continued to meet weekly, and we have produced some high-quality concerts and group performances for all year groups. We look forward to getting back to normal, fired-up by all our hard-work at home”
This years Extra Curricular Art Award goes to Evelyn B (3A) with her amazing oil painting, a pastiche of the "Dutch Golden Age" by Johannes Vermeer with a very current global circumstance twist.
9th June 2020 — Once all art shows have finished and the end of the Summer term is upon us, an annual "Extra Curricular Art Prize" is awarded to one of our pupils for the greatest piece of artwork of the year. This year we are delighted to award Evelyn B (3A) this prize for her amazing piece which actually was submitted for the art “time out of time” competition, but commenced before it was set.
The painting is a pastiche of the famous ‘Dutch golden age’ painting by Johannes Vermeer. It is popular and well loved today and was the subject of a popular historical novel by Tracy Chevalier in which Vermeer falls in love with the servant he uses as a model for this image. The novel has been a recent popular film and is currently part of Radio 4’s lockdown entertainment in the form of a radio play.
Mr Ian Whitfield, Head of Repton Art Department, commented, “I wanted to award Evelyn’s painting with our extra-curricular prize because it has everything we cherish in an artwork! It is beautifully painted in oils and uses a well known Art Historical reference to elaborate on our current global circumstance. I think Evelyn has been very clever, switching the elegant and subtle psychological mystery of the original so that instead we meet the concerned but hopeful eyes of a nurse in scrubs. I love that she is still wearing her pearl earring to the hospital!”