Repton School was founded in 1557 on the site of a 7th century Anglo-Saxon Benedictine abbey and latterly a 12th century Augustinian priory. Whilst the School incorporates many of the original buildings, today Repton is a world class, modern, flourishing community with a clear sense of purpose and momentum.
Repton has a thousand pupils across the Prep and Senior School, making it small enough to ensure that the talents of each pupil are nurtured and valued, yet large enough to compete on the international arena across academia, music, the arts and sport.
Repton’s Culture and Ethos
Boarding is at the very heart of a Repton education; from the age of 13-years each pupil, whether day or boarding, is a member of a House. The School’s commitment to in-House dining allows the whole House to enjoy meals together, three times a day, helping to foster a strong sense of community and lifelong friendships. Academic standards are high and the creative arts are highly prized. At Repton, achieving in sport at the highest levels of performance and healthy participation for all are in no way mutually exclusive.
Whilst Repton is undoubtedly modern in terms of practice and outlook, the traditional values of encouraging pupils to aim high whilst showing respect for all are still of utmost importance. At the very heart of the Repton spirit is the belief that none of us is as important as all of us.
The School has invested in truly world-class facilities, including the cutting-edge Science Priory complete with interactive lecture theatres, an observatory and outdoor classrooms; a Concert Hall and suite of recording studios; a state-of-the-art award-winning 320-seat theatre modelled on the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s own design; a £9m sports centre with its own strength and conditioning suite, gym, water-based astroturf pitches, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 25m swimming pool and two sports halls. But there is no doubt at Repton that outstanding teachers and coaches beat world-class facilities every time.
The ISI Inspection in February 2020 judged Repton as ‘Excellent’ in both Achievement and Personal Development, confirming that a Repton education is not only safe and ordered, but also a happy experience of the highest quality. Skilled, committed and inspirational teachers add real value to pupils’ experience, nurturing a sense of purpose and ambition in Reptonians which opens doors to Oxbridge, Russell Group and, increasingly, American Ivy League universities every year.
Artistic endeavour forms an integral part of a Repton education. Talented and dedicated teachers work collaboratively, providing life-changing experiences for pupils on and off stage in The 400 Hall as well as in the School’s two art galleries. The Music Department’s Beldam Hall is the setting for contemporary and classical concerts and showcases throughout the year performed by pupils as well as visiting artistes. Expression through the arts provides a healthy platform for self-articulation, which in turn helps develop emotionally intelligent young people.
Repton’s global reputation and enviable collection of silverware across the School’s six key sports (cricket, football, hockey, netball, swimming and tennis) in no way detract from the value placed on what participation in sport delivers: teamwork, dedication, resilience, leadership and a sense of achievement – both collectively and individually. Pupils and parents seek out Repton because they know the School has the resources, both in terms of pre-eminent coaches and world-class facilities, to realise ability and ambition but above all to engender a lifelong love of sport in every pupil.
A Global Family of Schools
Repton was one of the first British schools to establish overseas schools with Repton School Dubai in 2007. Currently, Repton has schools in Dubai (2), Abu Dhabi (2), China, and Malaysia with plans to open a further four more in the coming years. Repton also has three schools in the UK (Repton, Repton Prep and St Wystan’s) with the ambition to grow its UK family of schools.