Repton School

Repton School

Infobox UK school
name = Repton School

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motto = 'Porta Vacat Culpa' literally 'Leave Blame at the Gate'
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established = 1557
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type = Independent school
religion = Anglican
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r_head_label = Headmaster
r_head = Robert A Holroyd
chair_label = Chairman of Governors
chair = Jonathan M Fry
founder = Sir John Port
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city = Repton
county = Derbyshire
country = England flagicon|England
postcode = DE65 6FH
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enrollment = ~600
gender = Coeducational
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houses = 10
colours = Blue & Yellow
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free_label_1 = Preparatory School
free_1 = Foremarke Hall
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Repton School, founded in 1557, is a British independent public school located in the village of Repton, in Derbyshire, England. Some of the remains of the oldest buildings date back to the 6th century.


The School Founded a Prep school during World War II to ensure it had enogth pupils, and after the war the prep school moved to nearby Foremarke Hall.


Repton competes in sports typical of a medium-sized English public school (football, rugby, athletics, etc.), and more recently hockey and tennis. Repton also competes in lesser-known sports such as Eton Fives and has fully equipped facilities for most sports on site. Repton sport is pushed very highly and the sports teams contain many players who represent local counties and even Great Britain.

House system

All of Repton's pupils are placed into one of ten houses, each of which has approximately 70 boarding and day pupils. Repton is unusual in that all meals are taken in houses, as opposed to a central dining system.

The boys' houses are Cross, Latham, New, Orchard, Priory and School. The girls' houses are Abbey, Field, Garden and Mitre. The Mitre was previously a boys' house and School House incorporates the old boys' houses Brook House and the Hall.

Repton Dubai

On 24 January 2006, it was announced that Repton School is to branch out internationally with the launch of new boarding school in Dubai [ [ Repton Dubai Website] ] , an initiative of the Dubai Education Council (DEC). The school opened to the public in September 2007. The school, similar in many aspects of its teaching and layout to Repton School, is the first boarding school in the Middle East. It is situated on a 50-acre site in Nad al Sheba and, according to the "Good Schools Guide International", enjoys "very expensive facilities". [ [ Good Schools Guide International] , accessed Sept 2008]

Notable Alumni

*Harold Abrahams, 100m Gold Medalist, 1924 Olympics [ [ Harold Abrahams' Blue Plaque details] ]
*Kate Allan aka Kasia, author
*Harry Altham, cricket historian, coach and administrator [ [ Harry Altham Biography at] ]
*Joseph Bosworth, scholar of the Anglo-Saxon language
*Jeremy Clarkson, Award winning journalist and presenter of the BBC show 'Top Gear'
*D'Ewes Coke, clergyman and philanthropist
*Roald Dahl, author Dahl, Roald "Boy" ISBN 0-435-12300-9 (hardcover, 1986) (see also )]
*James Fenton, poet and journalist
*Simon Friend, musician and member of the contemporary British rock band The Levellers
*Charles Fry, cricketer
*Graeme Garden, comedian, member of The Goodies
*Lord Grimston, politician
*Stuart Hampshire, Oxford philosopher
*Martin How, composer
*Christopher Isherwood, novelist and screenwriter
*Eric Maschwitz, entertainer, writer, broadcaster
*Adrian Newey, one of the best engineers in Formula One, Newey-inspired designs have won numerous titles & almost 80 Grands Prix
*Michael Ramsey, archbishop of Canterbury
*Basil Rathbone, Sherlock Holmes in the 1930s and 40's black & white films [ [ Basil Rathbone biography] ]
*Denys Rayner, Battle of the Atlantic veteran, writer and boat designer
*Robert Sangster, racehorse owner and breeder author Robinson, Patrick "Horsetrader" ISBN 0-00-638105-7 (paperback, 1993)] [ [ Robert Sangster's Times obituary] ]
*John James Scott-Chisholme, Boer war cavalry officer
*Denton Welch, novelist, short story writer
*Edward Upward, novelist, short story writer
*Tom Chambers, actor

Former Headmasters of Repton

*Rev Thomas Williamson Peile (1840 - 1854)
*Steuart Adolphus Pears (1854 - 1874)
*Lionel Ford (1901 - 1910)
*William Temple (1910 - 1914)
*Geoffrey Fisher (1914 - 1932)
*David Jewell (1979 - 1987)


External links

* [ Repton School Website]
* [ Repton Preparatory School Website]
* [ Old Reptonian Society]
* [ Repton Dubai Website]
* [ ISBI Information on Repton School]

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