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 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."
Repton Swimming appoints Swim England’s John Adye as Performance Coach
Repton Swimming is delighted to appoint John Adye to the post of Performance Coach from April 2021.
11th February 2021 — John joins Repton following seven years at Hillingdon SC as Head Coach where he was also appointed to the 2024 Swim England Coach programme. Prior to this, he had been Assistant Coach at City of Coventry SC. John will support Director of Swimming and double Olympian Scott Talbot in achieving Repton’s aim of becoming a nationally ranked UK club.
Scott Talbot, Director of Swimming, said: "John’s appointment ensures that Repton Swimming will be able to offer high quality coaching to a larger number of athletes as we continue to grow the club. It is important that each of our athletes has their individual developmental needs met within the greater team environment. It is through this approach that we can support athletes to achieve their swimming goals, whilst encouraging them to flourish in other areas of their lives".
Repton Headmaster, Mr Mark Semmence, added: “This appointment is a significant indication of Repton’s ambition to provide the best possible coaching at every level. The addition of John to the Repton Swimming coaching team, led by international medal winning coach Scott Talbot, will further improve the outstanding level of coaching and support our athletes already receive. Repton is undoubtedly ready to take another huge leap forward as a club when swimming recommences.”
Despite pools currently being closed, Repton swimmers have benefitted from live virtual talks with inspiring swimming professionals including former British swimmer and 2019 Performance Coach of the Year, Melanie Marshall, and the world-renowned Olympic coach and former Head of GB Swimming, William Sweetenham.
A survey conducted by Repton School’s pastoral team to gain an insight into pupils’ wellbeing during remote learning has produced very positive results that demonstrate the resilience of Reptonians and an exceptional level of dedication from staff.
10th February 2021 — A survey conducted by Repton School’s pastoral team to gain an insight into pupils’ wellbeing during remote learning has produced very positive results that demonstrate the resilience of Reptonians and an exceptional level of dedication from staff.
Out of 461 pupils who completed the survey, 97% believe that Repton is doing a good job of remote education, with 70% of respondents saying that they are enjoying remote education. Pupils reported that talking to their friends from Repton and exercise are amongst the most common ways of managing their wellbeing, with 95% of respondents keeping regular contact with their friends.
When asked about their happiness, 96% of pupils reported they either have no concerns or are not unduly worried and feel as though their happiness is as good as it can be given the circumstances. 93% of respondents feel well supported by their Houseparent and 94% feel well supported by their form tutor.
Deputy Head Pastoral, Mr Tom Naylor commented: “Closely monitoring pupil wellbeing is paramount in such difficult times. We are delighted that pupils feel well supported and levels of anxiety are low, but not surprised as Housemasters and Housemistresses, the pastoral team, tutors, coaches as well as subject teachers have been in close communication with all Reptonians throughout lockdown.
We know that for some pupils being apart from their friends, the wider Repton community and the purposeful Repton environment is particularly difficult and we have tailored measures of support in place for each of them."
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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