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’s clean sweep at U18 National Hockey finals
It was a double victory for Repton School in the Schools National Hockey Championships with both the U18 Girls’ and Boys’ teams crowned National Champions in the finals hosted at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
5th April 2022 — It was a double victory for Repton School in the Schools National Hockey Championships with both the U18 Girls’ and Boys’ teams crowned National Champions in the finals hosted at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Competing in the semi-finals, the U18 boys had a tense match against Whitgift. A 3-3 draw at full time led to a penalty shootout, with goals from Tyler K and Harry S and an exceptional performance from keeper Lorenz F, the team secured their place in the final against Kingston Grammar.
In the final, Repton took the lead in the 15th minute thanks to James G’s penalty corner, and then again in the 46th minute with another on target corner; James’ third goal in two games. It was fantastic to see the U18 boys lift the coveted trophy whilst displaying great maturity in consoling their opponents.
The accomplished side was expertly led by coach Neville Rothman, who congratulated their efforts: “The team showed heaps of character to comeback from behind in their semi-final against a well organised Whitgift team, eventually winning on shuffles. It was very pleasing to see the boys carry their momentum into the final to end their season in the best way possible.”
In the girls’ competition, the U18s faced a strong Dean Close side in the finals after securing a 4-1 win over Millfield in the semi-finals. With two goals from Miranda J and the combined skills and determination of the whole team, the 1st XI retained their national champion title, ensuring a clean sweep for Repton School hockey and adding to their Super 6s indoor title from earlier this season. The U18 teams joined Repton’s U16 girls who were also triumphant in their national finals in early March.
Fresh from their success in the schools’ championships, three members of the Girls’ 1st XI squad, Claudia, Bronte and Tilly, are now in South Africa with England U21s for the Junior World Cup.
All pupils at Repton receive regular hockey training from our experienced coaches, ensuring a real strength and depth throughout the teams. The most talented players can opt for coaching across all three terms with a balanced approach to sport and academia, meaning that pupils never have to compromise their love for sport over their academic studies.
Repton's Chapel Choir sing Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral
Repton’s Chapel Choir were privileged to return to St Paul’s Cathedral this week to perform Choral Evensong for the third time in recent years.
4th February 2022 — The choir, who were also invited to perform in Derby Cathedral last week, were honoured to offer the congregation some tricky music by Ben Parry (The 'Solihull' Service) as well as Ireland's majestic anthem 'Greater Love' which concluded the service.
Choral evensong is a centuries old daily service which brings together words and music – it provides an opportunity for people to take a moment to pause from their busy lives and reconnect with their spiritual lives whatever they believe. There was immense support for the pupils with many parents, Old Reptonians and staff travelling to watch the heart-warming performance in one of London’s most historic and recognisable sights.
Repton’s Director of Music, Mr Oliver Walker, praised the pupils for their hard work and dedication in the run-up to the performance: “The choir enjoyed exploring the Cathedral's treasures and were (almost literally) blown away by the enormous acoustic as well as the sound of the organ. Congratulations to the solos, Izzi and Piers, but also to Mr Owens for playing so brilliantly. We look forward to next time!”
Music is integral to daily life at Repton the power it has to sooth, educate, entertain, heal or express what can be difficult to communicate through spoken or written language is never underestimated. Reptonians are encouraged to build the skills of performance, composition and listening that are required in musicians but are also valuable transferable skills. Complementing the work of the academic Music department at Repton are a varied range of music societies, professional concerts, singing competitions, inspirational masterclasses and performance opportunities.
Music at Repton is taught by specialist teachers in the impressive Music department building which houses a beautiful concert hall, generous teaching space and a state of the art recording studio. Exam results are excellent, with Repton musicians regularly winning places to study Music at leading universities and conservatoires, some with choral or organ scholarships.
Repton is delighted to announce the official opening of Repton School Cairo, a dynamic new international school in the Mivida district of New Cairo.
13th January 2022 — The School stands on a 20,000 m² campus including an Early Years centre, Primary School, Senior School, sports centre with a 25 metre swimming pool and a state-of-the-art auditorium. Opening to Junior School pupils initially, at capacity the school will have 1500 pupils and the curriculum will be extended to include Senior School pupils who will have a choice of A-levels or IB diploma in the Sixth Form.
Repton Cairo’s Head of Junior School, Mr Kevin Hannah, is an experienced international educator and moves to the new school from Repton Dubai: “I am excited to bring Repton’s unique blend of British educational excellence, international dynamism, and technological innovation, to Egypt. Repton Cairo is founded on the core Repton values of truth, excellence, wholeness and respect, and a culture of service to others.
A Repton education is a precious gift and a powerful investment. As with Repton schools across the globe, we are ambitious for all our pupils, fostering intellectual curiosity in a culture of academic rigour and aspiration. We aim to recognise the unique nature of each of our pupils, whatever their talents and interests might be.”
Repton Cairo is the seventh international school to join the family of Repton international schools around the world. Repton Cairo will be followed by a second school in Western Cairo, currently planned for 2024 with other schools in the pipeline for Bulgaria and Qatar.
Repton School (UK) Headmaster, Mr Mark Semmence, was honoured to be a part of the official opening of Repton Cairo and warmly welcomed the new school into the Repton family: “Repton is playing a pioneering role in growing an international education and we are genuinely excited to be able to offer a world-class all-round education across three continents. We are looking forward to building on our strong sense of collaboration and family identity with Cairo.”
Repton Appoints New Deputy Head to Lead Academic Team
Repton School has appointed Mr Ashley Currie as Deputy Head (Academic) from September 2021. Dr Nat Pitts, previously Head of History and Housemaster of one of Repton’s ten boarding Houses, Priory, has been appointed Assistant Deputy Head (Academic).
2nd August 2021 — Mr Currie, who has joined Repton from St John's School, Leatherhead, graduated from the University of Durham where he gained a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics. His teaching career, which to date includes roles as Head of Mathematics alongside coaching and Housemaster duties, has combined his fervour for Maths and Physics with his passions for music and sport.
Mr Currie will lead Repton’s academic team which includes the School’s newly appointed Assistant Head (Academic); Director of Digital Development; Head of Higher Education and Careers; Master of Scholars; International Higher Education Coordinator; Medical, Dentistry and Veterinary Science Higher Education Coordinator; and Oxbridge Coordinator. He will work closely with Deputy Head (Pastoral), Mr Tom Naylor and his team to prioritise the wellbeing of pupils.
Headmaster Mr Mark Semmence is committed to ensuring all aspects of a Repton education prepare pupils for the demands of the 21st century, saying: “The calibre of our academic team is world-class and instils a culture of intellectual ambition which shapes potential, drives academic progress and engenders confidence in the individual.”
In recent years Reptonians have secured places at leading universities around the world, many on combined academic and sports scholarships, with Organ and Choral scholars taking up Oxbridge places. Recent leavers include Serena Cole who was recently appointed the first female black President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Mimi Tarrant who having graduated from Harvard joined McKinsey and Company, Alasdair Hastewell who is studying for his Ph.D. at MIT and Surgeon Commodore Fleur Marshall, who holds the most senior medical position in the Royal Navy. Repton is also hugely proud to have three OR’s competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Mr Semmence is clear that Reptonians have the opportunity to pursue an unbounded future at school, university and beyond because of the School’s uniquely balanced environment, saying: “To be successful in the modern world requires collaboration, creativity and teamwork and we know that businesses demand the skills of varied individuals with broad interests. Nurturing talent in specialist areas whilst providing pupils with the opportunity to flex their interests across literature, history, STEM subjects, languages as well as the creative arts and sport enables our young people to perform better in every sphere.”
As a leader in the EdTech revolution, technology is leveraged to maximum effect at Repton to offer a potent delivery of the curriculum and create collaborative learning opportunities that are not only more efficient but also equip pupils to make a meaningful contribution to 21st century society. This year Repton was awarded the Education Business Remote Learning Award and was a finalist for the Education Business ICT Innovation Award and the TES Best Use Of Technology Award. Working closely with Repton’s Director of Digital Development Mr Currie’s remit to enhance all aspects of Repton’s strong academic credentials will be amplified through the innovative use of technology across all subjects.
Mr Currie says: “I am delighted to be joining the exceptionally talented staff at Repton. I look forward to contributing to the School’s rich heritage, working with the academic team to enhance every aspect of pupils’ learning and building on the examination and higher education success that Repton has enjoyed over the last 500 years. Opening up new opportunities in the field of EdTech promises to enrich pupils’ academic journey and respond to the academic demands of the 21st century.”
Mr Currie, his wife Sarah and their two dogs Nero and Hector have moved into Repton village, living alongside pupils and staff and fully immersing themselves in Repton life.
At a virtual ceremony, Repton School – one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 3-18 in the heart of England – won the Education Business Award for outstanding Remote Learning provision during the COVID 1
9th July 2021 — The Education Business Awards has pioneered the recognition of school achievements for over 20 years, reporting on thousands of school success stories, which is why Repton is so proud to have been singled out of all of the schools, colleges and academies in the UK for its impressive approach to remote learning in the first award of its kind.
Judges highlighted how strong Repton’s pastoral care had been throughout Remote Learning, with their pupil wellbeing survey (January 2021) confirming that 96% of Repton pupils reported either no or very low levels of anxiety as a result of home schooling. Repton’s balanced approach to providing a rounded education was the driving force behind the school’s desire to deliver more than just digitised lessons – throughout the pandemic Repton has delivered an enriching timetable, sensitive to the needs of each pupil that kept our whole community connected.
The COVID 19 pandemic placed a huge burden on schools to continue to provide education to the nation’s children in unprecedented circumstances and as a result of Repton’s new IT system as well as a herculean collective effort by staff throughout the school, Reptonians didn’t miss a single day of learning. Added to this, the school’s tutors, teachers, coaches and support staff continued to provide a co-curricular programme, which included sports coaching, musical recitals, dramatic productions, Societies, House challenges and even an online International Universities evening with speakers from leading seats of learning in the US, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.
Headmaster, Mark Semmence, reacted to the award by saying: “We are absolutely delighted that our through-school Remote Learning provision is recognised as industry leading. It is a clear demonstration of the strength of the Repton community; that we could adapt so quickly and effectively delivering not just outstanding education but also pastoral care, co-curricular enrichment and the all-important House spirit to our pupils all over the world. We place enormous value on providing a balanced education and remained committed to this even during the most challenging times.”
During Remote Learning Reptonians were encouraged to look up and out; outreach work in their own local communities was the result, with home-cooked meals shared with people who were lonely and isolated, outdoor musical performances with live and virtual elements and birthday cards made for elderly local residents.
Mr Semmence explained how such a dynamic programme was introduced at pace: “Communication with parents, pupils and staff was at the heart of keeping our School spirit strong and pupils’ learning on track. We presented a clear way forward and remained committed to providing uninterrupted live lessons for every pupil. Our staff, pupils and parents worked as a team to enable this to happen with a shared, genuine desire to remain connected. Every decision made was taken in the context of how it impacted the wellbeing of our pupils and throughout Repton we have seen how much our community values learning.”
As well as winning the Remote Learning Award, Repton was shortlisted for the Education Business ICT Innovation Award, recognising the educational establishment that demonstrated innovation in its approach to teaching and deploying information and communication technologies that further the learning experience of its pupils.
2021 has also seen Repton reach the finals in two categories in the Times Educational Supplement Independent School Awards and the LACA School Chef of the Year Awards, as well as being shortlisted for The Independent School of the Year Response to Covid 19 Award, the results of which will be announced in October.
Repton appoints Richard Yarr FRSA as the school's first Music Fellow
Repton has appointed Mr Richard Yarr FRSA as the school's first Music Fellow. Richard is a highly accomplished musician and producer, with a strong track record for developing talent.
28th June 2021 — Repton has appointed Mr Richard Yarr FRSA as the school's first Music Fellow.
Richard is a highly accomplished musician and producer, with a strong track record for developing talent.
He read music at Queen's University, Belfast, where he graduated with First Class Honours and the May Turtle Scholarship for academic excellence.
He subsequently won a choral scholarship to King's College London, where he achieved a Masters in music, before returning to Queen's to undertake Doctoral Studies.
Richard joined the BBC in 2000 and is Senior Producer of Arts, Music and Events with BBC Northern Ireland. In this role he oversees all classical music output from the region, both for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster.
He has held a range of board positions in the last twenty years and is currently Chair of the Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School.
He founded the NI International Organ Competition in 2011, is a Patron of the NI Young Musician of the Year Competition, and a trustee of the Church of Ireland’s Organ Scholarship Scheme.
Richard also presents Sounds Sacred, BBC Radio Ulster’s popular Sunday evening requests programme, and is Director of Music in Belfast’s oldest place of worship.
He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2019 and received the Freedom of the City of London in the same year.
Repton's Director of Music, Mr Oliver Walker, says that Richard's involvement will bring fantastic benefits to our busy Music School: "As well providing career advice, Richard will support us in introducing pupils to exciting new musical talent and contribute to our active programme of masterclasses and workshops. He will also adjudicate for music competitions and assist us in marketing our most able and talented musicians."
The many and varied roles that Richard has enjoyed throughout his musical career will enable him to offer extraordinary insight to Reptonians.
Richard said: "The musical talent at Repton is outstanding and it's wonderful to see that every musical endeavour is supported at the School.
"I will enhance that by showcasing some of Northern Ireland’s top talent – from international performers to opera directors – in a range of contexts, and look forward to providing opportunities for the School back home and beyond.
"Music has provided me with some truly life-changing moments, so I am passionate that young people should enjoy all its possibilities."
Headmaster, Mark Semmence, added: "We are delighted to welcome Richard as our first Music Fellow.
"Music is an integral part of a Repton education and many Reptonians go on to have successful careers across many genres.
"We place enormous value on the richness that a lifelong love of music brings and encourage Reptonians to enter our Music School with an open mind and a keen ear."