In 1557, Sir John Port founded Repton school in South Derbyshire. It has had 36 headmasters, and the 36th one is Mr. Mark Semmence. Currently, it has about 640 pupils between the ages of 13-18. There’re boarding houses, which are ten in number where the pupils also take their meals from, which helps them bond. Academically, Repton manages to send 10% of their pupils to Cambridge or Oxford universities. In sports, Repton has set a record for itself in the UK among the best schools in sporting. It performs excellently in Football, Hockey, Cricket, and Tennis. The department of Music and Art also does well with Drama taking first place.
Repton School focuses on developing the potential of its pupils in sports and athletics and is one of the balancing co-curricular activities of the school. Whether a pupil wants to exercise to keep fit or aspire to be in competitions, that is the aim of the school. The school offers a variety of sports over 25 of them to choose from, with each having teams to represent it at different levels.
There was a launch at Repton for a new swimming program on November 16, 2019, opening of the redeveloped Sports Centre. Adam Peaty, an Olympian world record holder, was at the opening as a special guest. Repton’s swimming pool was his training ground for five years, which led to his win at the Rio Olympic Games of 2016 with a gold medal. The Sports Centre at Repton School has cost multi-millions in pounds boasting world-class facilities, rooms for physiotherapy, sports hall, gym, and conference rooms.
At the opening, Adam expressed his gratitude to the school for investing in sports facilities and allowing the locals to access them. He also noted how sports were beneficial to young people for improving their mental and physical well-being. Adam admitted without the support of Melanie Marshall, his coach, and the school staff, particularly Leanne Chandler, the manager of the Sports Centre, it wouldn’t have been possible for him to achieve greatness at the Olympics. He was also excited about the launch of the new swimming programs as it would help the school rank among the best in the nation.
Sir Henry Every Bt. FCA. DL, who is the chairman of governors at Repton, also spoke at the ceremony. He said the aim and objective of Repton are to produce youths that were robust, determined, and resilient players. Sport, he said, was the best way to achieve that goal. He affirmed that the facilities of the redeveloped center would inspire everyone, and it was welcome for all to practice in it.
The facilities in the center now include squash courts, changing rooms, a new sports hall, strength and conditioning gym, café, and conference facilities. The school’s enthusiasm for developing sports talent is paying off. There was an announcement that Repton was in the shortlist of the Tes Independent School Awards of 2020. The winner announcement will be on the evening of February 7, 2020. In London, Grosvenor House Hotel, whose location is in Park lane, is where the event will take place. Ann Mroz, the Tes editor, said the schools that were shortlisted should consider the selection as an achievement, and it should make them proud as only the best ones get picked.