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Repton School

Repton, Derbyshire, England

Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Repton School

Repton, Derbyshire, England


Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Situated in the South Derbyshire countryside, Repton is a co-educational school with a strong boarding ethos. The School operates a traditional house system which provides a secure, stable home and family environment. Repton has a national reputation for sporting excellence with a host of national and regional titles to its name. Sixth Form leavers enter courses at a wide range of Russell Group universities, including the prestigious colleges of Oxford and Cambridge.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 635 / Boys: 354 / Girls: 281
Percentage of boarders: 70%
Percentage of International pupils: 18%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 278
Average class size: Senior school: 16 / Sixth Form: 10
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £13,485
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Hockey, Football, Cricket, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Football, Cricket, Swimming
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: East Midlands (19km), Birmingham (58km)


The broad curriculum features 23 subjects offered up to A Level and individuals’ progress is closely monitored by subject teachers and tutors. Pupils are given the confidence, encouragement and ambition to aim high and this is reflected in recent examination results. Pupils consistently achieve top grades at A level and GCSE, with well over half gaining A*/A. Russell Group universities are a common destination and on average 9 pupils go on to study at Oxford or Cambridge each year.


A cohesive, family environment is fostered by the traditional system of in-house dining. The house community meets 3 times a day, providing a chance to chat about the latest events and relax with friends. It is also home to the housemaster or housemistress and their family – under their expert care pupils are encouraged to develop academically and socially. Each house has its own resident matron, on hand 24 hours a day to care for the pupils’ welfare and practical needs.


A long sporting tradition and a staff of former internationals and professional coaches enables Repton to maximise every pupil’s potential, whether at elite international or recreational level. Extensive playing fields are complemented by outdoor and indoor tennis courts and an Olympic standard Astroturf pitch, whilst the Sports Centre boasts a fitness suite, a sports hall and a swimming pool. The broad range of sports on offer includes basketball, fencing, dance, horse riding, sailing and golf.

Creative arts

The School puts on numerous productions throughout the year, ranging from plays to cabarets and fashion shows. All are held within the state-of-the-art Theatre complex. Music also has a major role at the school – the department is home to a beautiful concert hall and a recording studio. Repton is host to a range of art exhibitions and runs its very own Subscription Series where members of the Music department and successful professional musicians play concerts.

Did you know?

  • Roald Dahl’s inspiration for ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ is believed to be from his Repton School days when pupils acted as taste-testers for Cadbury.
  • In the 20th Century Repton produced no fewer than 3 Archbishops of Canterbury in Ramsey, Fisher and Temple – 2 of whom had previously served as Headmaster of Repton.