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|Motto||Porta Vacat Culpa
(Latin: "The gate is free from blame")
|Type||Independent day and Boarding School|
|Headmaster||Robert A. Holroyd|
|Chairman of Governors||Jonathan M. Fry|
|Founder||Sir John Port|
|DfE URN||113009 Tables|
Navy and Yellow
|Preparatory School||Repton Preparatory School|
|Former pupils||Old Reptonians|
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.
The school was founded at the bequest of Sir John Port of Etwall, who died on 6 June 1557. 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. Two years after Sir John's death, in 1559, the executor's of his will purchased a portion of land formerly belonging to Repton Priory, from the Thacker family, for £37. 10s.
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. Gilbert Thacker claimed "He would destroy the nest, for fear the birds should build therein again." Thus when the land was acquired, only a few fragments and foundations of the original priory buildings remained. Fragments of the foundations of the prior's lodgings, dated c.1438, were incorporated into a later building; the majority of this building dates from the 17th century, however, and was comprehensively altered in the 19th century. Parts of the 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; and fragments of the door surrounds of both the chapter house and warming room also survive. The largest portion of the priory to survive is the fragments known as "Prior Overton's Tower", which dates from after 1437; largely altered from its original state, it has been in-cooperated into a largely 19th-century building.
A preparatory school was founded during the Second World War to ensure that Repton School had enough pupils, and after the war the prep school moved to nearby Foremarke Hall. In 1970, the school, formerly only for boys, started accepting girls in the sixth form (the last two years). One of the first female sixth formers, Carole Blackshaw, went on to become Lady Mayoress of London in 2002/03. Repton became fully coeducational around 1990.
The school's motto, Porta Vacat Culpa ("the gate is free from blame"), is a quotation from Ovid's Fasti. 'The gate' (Porta) refers to the school's arch[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.
The school has a long sporting tradition and alumni include Wimbledon tennis finalist, Bunny Austin, and a number of first-class cricketers. The school competes in a variety of sports including football, Field hockey, athletics, Rugby and tennis. In 2010 Repton became National Schools Champions in hockey.[dead link]
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.[non-primary source needed] The school opened to the public in September 2007. The school is similar in many aspects of its teaching to Repton School. 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". Houses in Repton Dubai include Foremarke, School, Dahl, Orchard, Brook, New, Latham and Jumeirah.
Repton School Abu Dhabi
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.
Film and TV settings
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. Around 200 Repton boys stayed at the School during the holidays in order to appear as extras in the 1939 film.
Notable Old Reptonians
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- Harold Abrahams, 100 m Gold Medallist, 1924 Olympics
- Charles A. Adeogun-Phillips, genocide and war crimes prosecutor
- Harry Altham, cricket historian, coach and administrator
- Carole Blackshaw, former Mayoress of London. 
- Paul Borrington, cricketer
- Walter Buckmaster, (1872–1942) Polo player (1900 summer Olympics)
- Donald Carr, (1926-) Cricketer for Derbyshire and England 
- Tom Chambers, actor and winner of Strictly Come Dancing
- Jeremy Clarkson, journalist and presenter of the BBC show Top Gear. Claims to have been expelled.
- Jack Crawford, cricketer
- Roald Dahl, author
- Sir James Darling OBE, Headmaster of Geelong Grammar School and Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission
- Norman Demuth, Classical music composer & writer.
- Sir Maurice Finnes, industrialist 
- Sir Henry Firebrace, courtier to Charles I and Charles II
- Walter Franklin, cricketer
- Sir Christopher Frayling, Rector, The Royal College of Art
- C. B. Fry, cricketer
- Lieutenant General Sir Charles Henry Gairdner GBE KCMG KCVO CB (1898–1983), Governor of Western Australia and Governor of Tasmania
- Graeme Garden, comedian, member of The Goodies
- Johnny Gorman, footballer
- Sir Stuart Hampshire, Oxford philosopher
- Jonathan Harvey, composer
- John Holmes, cricketer
- Will Hughes, footballer
- Richard Hutton, England Test cricketer
- Christopher Isherwood, novelist and screenwriter
- Stephen Jones, lead singer of the band Babybird
- Herbert Fortescue Lawford (1851-1925) tennis player, Wimbledon champion 1887
- Sir Desmond Lee, classical scholar
- Andrew Li, Queen's Counsel, Former Chief Justice of Hong Kong
- Ewen MacIntosh, actor in The Office
- Eric Maschwitz, entertainer, writer, broadcaster
- Arthur James Mason, classical scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
- Charles Armytage-Moore, (1880–1960) founder partner of London Stockbrokers, Buckmaster & Moore (now Credit Suisse Group)
- Adrian Newey OBE, Formula One engineer
- Edward Oakden, British Ambassador to UAE
- David Pratt, Professor of Law at Albany Law School
- Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury
- Basil Rathbone, actor most known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock Holmes (1939 film series)
- Denys Rayner, Battle of the Atlantic veteran, writer and boat designer
- Nick Raynsford, Labour MP
- Sir John Rolleston, Conservative MP
- Sir John Stanley, Conservative MP
- Johnny Rozsa, fashion, portrait, and celebrity photographer
- Robert Sangster, racehorse owner and breeder author
- John James Scott-Chisholme, Boer war cavalry officer
- Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Shaw, World War I officer and Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
- Rupert Shephard, English artist
- The Revd Henry Holmes Stewart (1847–1937) 1873 FA Cup winner
- Edward Upward, novelist and short story writer
- Charles Watts (1905–1985), cricketer and British Army officer
- Andy Wilman, Top Gear producer (2002–present) and Top Gear (1994–2001)
- Nicholas Wood (MP), (1832–1892) industrialist and Conservative MP
- Robert J. C. Young, post-colonial theorist, cultural critic and historian
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