Repton School

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Not to be confused with Repton School Dubai.
Repton School
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Motto Porta Vacat Culpa
(Latin: "The gate is free from blame")
Established
  • Bequest made: 1557
  • Land for school acquired: 1559
Type Independent day and Boarding School
Religion Anglican
Headmaster Robert A. Holroyd
Chaplain Adam Watkinson
Chairman of Governors Jonathan M. Fry
Founder Sir John Port
Location Repton
Derbyshire
England Coordinates: 52°50′27″N 1°33′04″W / 52.8409°N 1.5510°W / 52.8409; -1.5510
DfE URN 113009 Tables
Students ~600
Gender Coeducational
Ages 13–18
Houses 10
Colours

Navy and Yellow

         
Preparatory School Repton Preparatory School
Former pupils Old Reptonians
Website www.repton.org.uk

Repton School is a co-educational English independent school for both day and boarding pupils located in the village of Repton, Derbyshire, in the English Midlands. The bequest to found a school either at Etwall or Repton was made in 1557, with the site of the former Repton Priory being acquired in 1559.

History[edit]

The school was founded at the bequest of Sir John Port of Etwall, who died on 6 June 1557.[1] Port left funds to found a Grammar School either at Etwall or Repton, on the condition that the students of the school pray daily for the souls of his parents and relatives.[1] Two years after Sir John's death, in 1559, the executors of his will purchased the site of Repton Priory from the Thacker family, for £37. 10s.[citation needed]

Repton Priory was a 12th-century Augustinian Priory, which had been dissolved in 1538. The abbey church and associated buildings had remained standing as the residence of the Thacker family until 1553, when then owner, Gilbert Thacker, fearing the priory would be recommissioned under Catholic Queen Mary I, had the church destroyed; a task that was almost entirely completed within a single day.[2][3] Thacker claimed "He would destroy the nest, for fear the birds should build therein again."[2] Thus when the land was acquired, only parts of the original priory buildings remained.[4][5] Fragments of the prior's lodgings, dated c.1438, were incorporated into a later building; the majority of this building dates from the 17th century and was comprehensively altered in the 19th century.[4][6][7] Foundations of other areas of the priory remain in several areas, having been uncovered during construction work in 1922: the bases of a cluster of columns remain of the former chancel and chapels; fragments of an arch remain, belonging to the former pulpitum, which were moved to their current position in 1906;[5] and fragments of the door surrounds of both the chapter house and warming room also survive.[4][7] The largest portion of the priory to survive is known as "Prior Overton's Tower", which dates from after 1437; largely altered from its original state, it has been incorporated into a largely 19th-century building.[8]

The School Arch. Formerly part of Repton Priory, it was moved to its current position in 1906.[5]
The Chapel

Repton Preparatory School was founded in 1940 and moved to nearby Foremarke Hall in 1947.

In 1970, Repton School, formerly only for boys, started accepting girls in the sixth form (the last two years).[citation needed] One of the first female sixth formers, Carole Blackshaw, was Lady Mayoress of London in 2002/03.[9] Repton became fully coeducational around 1990.[citation needed]

Motto[edit]

The school's motto, Porta Vacat Culpa ("the gate is free from blame"), is a quotation from Ovid's Fasti.[10] 'The gate' (Porta) refers to the school's arch[11][non-primary source needed] and, by a synecdoche of pars pro toto, the school itself, whilst also being a pun on the name of the school's founder, Sir John Port.[12]

Today[edit]

The school caters for those aged 13 to 18, and has 618 students, of which 464 are boarders.[13] The school is divided into 10 houses, 6 for boys and 4 for girls.[14][non-primary source needed]

The school fees are £9,760 per term (£29,280 per year) for boarding students, and £7,242 per term (£21,726 per year) for day students.[15][non-primary source needed]

Sports[edit]

The school has a long sporting tradition and alumni include Wimbledon tennis finalist, Bunny Austin, and a number of first-class cricketers.[16] The school competes in a variety of sports including football, Field hockey, athletics, Rugby and tennis.[citation needed] In 2010 Repton became National Schools Champions in hockey.[17]

Overseas campuses[edit]

Repton School Dubai[edit]

Main article: Repton School Dubai

On 24 January 2006, Repton School announced plans to launch a new boarding school in Dubai; an initiative of the Dubai Education Council.[18][non-primary source needed] The school opened to the public in September 2007.[citation needed] The school is similar in many aspects of its teaching to Repton School.[citation needed] It is situated on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) site in Nad al Sheba and, according to the Good Schools Guide International, enjoys "very expensive facilities".[19] Houses in Repton Dubai include Foremarke, School, Dahl, Orchard, Brook, New, Latham and Jumeirah.

Repton School Abu Dhabi[edit]

Repton announced in March 2013 that it will be opening a similar campus on Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, in September 2013. The campus is scheduled to open in September 2014, and is expected cover 7,000 square metres.[20]

Film and TV settings[edit]

The exterior of Repton School was used to represent the fictional Brookfield School in both the 1939 film and the 1984 BBC television drama version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips, while Sherborne School was the location in the 1969 musical version.[21][22] Around 200 Repton boys stayed at the School during the holidays in order to appear as extras in the 1939 film.[23]

Notable Old Reptonians[edit]

Headmasters[edit]

  • Thomas Whitehead (1621–1639)[50]
  • Philip Ward (1639–1642)[50]
  • William Ullock (1642–1667)[50]
  • Joseph Sedgwicke (1667–1672)[50]
  • Edward Letherland (1672–1681)[50]
  • John Doughty (1681–1705)[50]
  • Edward Abbot (1705–1714)[50]
  • Thomas Gawton (1714–1723)[50]
  • William Dudson (1723–1724)[50]
  • George Fletcher (1724–1741)[50]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b 'Houses of Austin canons: The priory of Repton, with the cell of Calke', A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2 (1907), pp. 58-63. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=40125 Date accessed: 08 June 2013
  3. ^ Repton Church: Our Church - Christianity in Repton http://www.reptonchurch.org.uk/index.htm
  4. ^ a b c "Remains of Priory Church". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Pastscape - Detailed Result: PRIORY GATEWAY
  6. ^ English Heritage. "EH". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Repton". Pastscape. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ English Heritage listing for "Repton Hall with Prior Overton's Tower, Repton School"
  9. ^ a b BRYANT, MARC (08/11/2002). "Repton old girl is London Mayoress". Burton Mail. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Ovid's Fasti, book 2, line 204
  11. ^ Repton School website
  12. ^ article entitled "Pro Pelle Cutem, The Hudson's Bay Company Motto" by E. E. Rich in Manitoba Pageant, April 1961, Volume 6, Number 3
  13. ^ "Boarding Schools Association". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Repton Houses". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Fees". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Repton Pilgrims 1st Class cricketers
  17. ^ Daily Telegraph Repton School uphold reputation for hockey excellence 7 January 2010[dead link]
  18. ^ Repton Dubai Website
  19. ^ Good Schools Guide International, accessed Sept 2008
  20. ^ Top UK school comes to Reem Island this September
  21. ^ Movies made in the Midlands, accessed March 2011
  22. ^ Repton, Derbyshire, accessed March 2011
  23. ^ 1930s: A year of tragedy and war worries, accessed March 2011
  24. ^ Harold Abrahams' Blue Plaque details
  25. ^ "Charles Anthony Law". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  26. ^ Harry Altham Biography at Cricinfo.com
  27. ^ Siddique latest off the impressive Repton production line
  28. ^ "Buckmaster, Walter Selby (BKMR891WS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  29. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/154579.html
  30. ^ "Nerves get to Strictly Come Dancing star Tom Chambers". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "Schoolgirl, 14, has stomach pumped after downing vodka at £9,000-a-term public school". Daily Mail (London). 28 March 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "John Crawford (Cricketer of the Year)". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. John Wisden & Co. 1907. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  33. ^ "OBITUARY:Sir James Darling". The Independent (London). 15 November 1995. 
  34. ^ Person Page 18417
  35. ^ 20 May 1932 - THE WORLD OF BOOKS REVIEWS
  36. ^ Walter Franklin | England Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
  37. ^ http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=501861&GroupID=504103&CategoryID=36538
  38. ^ The Death of C.B. Fry | History Today
  39. ^ Biography - Sir Charles Henry Gairdner - Australian Dictionary of Biography
  40. ^ Debi Allen Associates - Clients - Graeme Garden
  41. ^ Davies, Gareth A (28 September 2010). "Johnny Gorman - the international in the classroom". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  42. ^ O'Grady, Jane (16 June 2004). "Sir Stuart Hampshire". The Guardian (London). 
  43. ^ Jonathan Harvey - Short Biography - Music Sales Classical
  44. ^ The Home of CricketArchive
  45. ^ BBC Sport - Derby's Will Hughes - the Championship's latest sensation
  46. ^ Basil Rathbone biography
  47. ^ Robinson, Patrick Horsetrader ISBN 0-00-638105-7 (paperback, 1993)
  48. ^ Robert Sangster's Times obituary
  49. ^ Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. SoccerData. pp. 126–127. ISBN 1-899468-78-1. 
  50. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Robert Bigsby Historical and Topographical Description of Repton Woodfall and Kinder 1854
  51. ^ a b c d Repton Church Monuments
  52. ^ Dahl, Roald "Boy" ISBN 0-435-12300-9 (hardcover, 1986) (see also Boy: Tales of Childhood)

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