Porta Vacat Culpa
(Latin: "The gate is free from blame")
|Type||Independent day and Boarding School|
|Chairman of Governors||Sir Henry Every Bt|
|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.
- Motto 1.1
- Sports 2.1
Repton International Schools Ltd 2.2
- Repton School Dubai 2.2.1
- Repton School Abu Dhabi 2.2.2
- Foremarke Dubai 2.2.3
- Recent Events 2.2.4
- Social Media 2.2.5
- Film and TV settings 3
- Notable Old Reptonians 4
- Headmasters 5
- Gallery 6
- References 7
- External links 8
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 executors of his will purchased the site of 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. Thacker claimed "He would destroy the nest, for fear the birds should build therein again." Thus when the land was acquired, only parts of the original priory buildings remained. 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. 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 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.
In 1970, Repton 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, was 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 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 caters for those aged 13 to 18, and has around 660 students, of whom 451 are boarders. The school is divided into 10 houses, 6 for boys and 4 for girls.
The Rep Theatre Company is an active theatre group composed of current and ex students. The most recent production of Equus is taking place in August 2015.
As of the 2014–2015 academic year, the school's fees were £10,547 per term (£31,641 per year) for boarding students, and £7,825 per term (£23,475 per year) for day students.
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. Repton School holds the titles of Reigning National Girls U16 Indoor Champions and Girls U18 Outdoor and Indoor Champions. In 2013 Repton School laid claim to a slice of hockey history after six former pupils played in the same international match.
Repton International Schools Ltd
RISL was set up to establish, develop and maintain British international schools and currently has three schools in the UAE.
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. 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.
 Foremarke Dubai opened in 2013 and is located in Dubiotech, Al Barsha South.
In November 2014, the School held a week-long programme of events to commemorate the Great War and to Remember the 355 Old Reptonians who fell in the conflict. Click the link below to visit the gallery of photos from the Exhibition. http://www.repton.org.uk/Great-War-Week
Repton School has a very active Twitter account which broadcasts real-time news from the school.
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
- 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 Mayor of London.
- Paul Borrington, cricketer
- Walter Buckmaster, (1872–1942) Polo player (1900 summer Olympics)
- Sydney Carline, (1888-1929), artist.
- Donald Carr, (1926-) Cricketer for Derbyshire and England
- Tom Chambers, actor and winner of Strictly Come Dancing
- Jeremy Clarkson, journalist and ex-presenter of the BBC show Top Gear.
- John Cornforth, architectural historian
- 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.
- Anthony Devas, artist.
- Brian Dillon, early member of the SAS
- Blair Dunlop, musician and actor.
- 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
- KCMG KCVO CB (1898–1983), Governor of Western Australia and Governor of Tasmania
- Graeme Garden, comedian, member of The Goodies
- Susie Gilbert, Field Hockey Player, Commonwealth Silver Medallist
- Johnny Gorman, footballer
- Anthony Gross, artist
- 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
- Geoffrey Lumsden, actor in Dad's Army
- Ewen MacIntosh, actor in The Office
- John Makinson, Chairman of Penguin Random House and The National Theatre
- 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
- Peter Oldfield, SAS commander
- David Pratt, Professor of Law at Albany Law School
- Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury
- George Rainsford, English actor
- 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
- Ellie Watton, Field Hockey Player Commenwealth silver medallist (Glasgow 2014),
- Charles Watts (1905–1985), cricketer and British Army officer
- Andy Wilman, Top Gear producer (2002–2015) 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
The School Arch
- '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
- Repton Church: Our Church - Christianity in Repton http://www.reptonchurch.org.uk/index.htm
- Pastscape - Detailed Result: PRIORY GATEWAY
- English Heritage listing for "Repton Hall with Prior Overton's Tower, Repton School"
- , book 2FastiOvid's , line 204
- Repton School website
- article entitled "Pro Pelle Cutem, The Hudson's Bay Company Motto" by E. E. Rich in Manitoba Pageant, April 1961, Volume 6, Number 3
- Repton Pilgrims 1st Class cricketers
- 7 January 2010Repton School uphold reputation for hockey excellenceDaily Telegraph Archived 13 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Repton Dubai Website
- Good Schools Guide International, accessed Sept 2008
- Top UK school comes to Reem Island this September
- Movies made in the Midlands, accessed March 2011
- Repton, Derbyshire, accessed March 2011
- 1930s: A year of tragedy and war worries, accessed March 2011
- Harold Abrahams' Blue Plaque details
- Harry Altham Biography at Cricinfo.com
- Siddique latest off the impressive Repton production line
- Daily TelegraphJohn Cornforth's obituary in the
- Person Page 18417
- 20 May 1932 - THE WORLD OF BOOKS REVIEWS
- Walter Franklin | England Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
- The Death of C.B. Fry | History Today
- Biography - Sir Charles Henry Gairdner - Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Debi Allen Associates - Clients - Graeme Garden
- Jonathan Harvey - Short Biography - Music Sales Classical
- The Home of CricketArchive
- BBC Sport - Derby's Will Hughes - the Championship's latest sensation
- Basil Rathbone biography
- Robinson, Patrick Horsetrader ISBN 0-00-638105-7 (paperback, 1993)
- obituaryTimesRobert Sangster's
- Georgie Twigg
- Ellie Watton
- Robert Bigsby Historical and Topographical Description of Repton Woodfall and Kinder 1854
- Repton Church Monuments
- Dahl, Roald "Boy" ISBN 0-435-12300-9 (hardcover, 1986) (see also Boy: Tales of Childhood)
- Repton School head teacher Robert Holroyd has to step down due to 'ill health'
- Repton School website
- Repton Preparatory School website
- Old Reptonian Society
- Repton Dubai website
- ISBI Information on Repton School
- 2009 ISI Inspection Report