A Brief History of Repton Prep
Repton is the ancient capital of Mercia, and the School, founded in 1557 from a bequest from Sir John Port of Etwall, was established on the site of a 7th century Anglo-Saxon Benedictine abbey and latterly a 12th century Augustinian priory.
Repton Preparatory School was originally founded in 1940, first in The Cross and then in Latham, two of Repton School’s boarding houses, to cater for local demand arising from the schooling and boarding needs caused by the Second World War. It opened initially with only eight boys but grew quickly and, following the War, there was a need to rehouse the Prep School. Fortunately, Foremarke Hall, a Georgian-Palladian country manor house located on a site of around 50 acres, some two miles from Repton, became available, and the school moved to Foremarke in 1947 with over a hundred boarders.
Completed in 1762, the main Hall was the ancestral home of the Burdett family of Bramcote and is a Grade 1 listed building, which even has a Great Western Railway – ‘Modified Hall’ class steam locomotive named after it!
In 1967, the school was able to purchase the freehold of Foremarke Hall which meant new buildings could be erected, day pupils could be accepted, and the school could become co-educational. In 2000, Repton Preparatory School was renamed Foremarke Hall the Repton Preparatory School, and that name remained until 2020 when it officially became Repton Prep. The school has excellent facilities that have undergone renewal or refurbishment in recent years with
new additions worth more than 8 million. As well as the main Hall, there are new and dedicated teaching buildings for both Lower and Upper Preps: a new music school; a spacious sports hall; a
newly refurbished swimming pool; a school library; and a fully equipped theatre for the performing arts that seats over 180 people.
There is also a brand-new, award-winning dining hall and an impressive design technology centre complete with four electric racing cars for pupils to race at Goodwood and Rockingham. In the last
five years, 60% of the classrooms have been rebuilt or upgraded.
The Prep School is proud to have been recognised for its success in Academic Excellence, Music, Drama, and Sport; it is blessed with its own woods, where the forest school programme is run, and the impressive lake is used for team building days and summer activities including sailing.
Pupils throughout the school take full advantage of all the facilities at Repton Prep and Repton Senior, including sports facilities, visiting the Science Priory and Chapel.
The Lower Prep has an adventure trail with tunnels and mounds to explore, and a sensory garden and facilities in its own dedicated building that include a courtyard, a secure play area, a new adventure trail, a spacious multi-purpose hall, a dedicated library and a computer suite.
Whilst it is undoubtedly modern in terms of practice and outlook, the traditional values of encouraging pupils to aim high whilst showing respect for all are still of utmost importance.
About Repton Prep
Repton Prep offers a perfectly balanced boarding and day education in the heart of England for around 400 boys and girls aged 3-13 years.
Repton and Repton Prep have a strong ethos grounded in Christian values but welcome children of all faiths and none. The school strives to ensure that our pupils leave ‘Grounded’, ‘Rounded’, ‘Unbounded’ and this is supported by a number of Aims which are:
- Respect: founded on a deep regard for common humanity in each other.
- Wholeness of the person: in moral, intellectual, social and physical endeavours.
- Truth: the goal of a life-long process of learning.
- Excellence: as an aspiration for all, in every pursuit, both individual and collaborative.
Repton Prep is made up of Lower Prep, which is Nursery (from age 3) to Year 4 and Upper Prep for Years 5 to 8.
• The Lower Prep is spread over two age-appropriate, self-contained sites within the 55-acre site. Nursery and Reception follow the EYFS curriculum. A typical day includes activities as varied as assembly, swimming, forest schools, PE, Music and French, and circle/story times. For children in Years 3 and 4, lessons each day include Maths, English, Science, Humanities, French, Music, PE and Games, as well as a range of co-curricular activities and other subjects, delivered by subject specialists as well as the Form Teacher; there is also some specialist teaching across DT, Drama, Music, Games and Swimming in Lower Prep.
• In Upper Prep pupils move across the site independently accessing well-resourced classrooms equipped for modern teaching. Facilities include science labs, computer suites, a language lab, the school theatre, the music school, the art room, and a design and technology workshop with its own Greenpower Electric Car workshop. There is also a well-stocked library and extensive sports facilities.
• Reflecting the boarding school ethos of Repton Prep, teaching takes place Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. The school day finishes at 4pm, but pupils have a choice of 97 after school clubs and activities to take part in and can do supervised prep at school.
• There are four houses: Tedder, Alexander, Mountbatten and Wavell. Our pupils take part in a range of house competitions including: house hockey, football, cricket, netball, and rounders, general knowledge quizzes, and tugs of war.
• When pupils leave Repton Prep at the end of Year 8, around 90% will go on to Repton School. However, some will move to a variety of other public schools such as Harrow, Eton and Cheltenham Ladies College.
Repton Prep has robust systems of child centred pastoral care and support focused on providing a proactive approach to pre-empt problems and support individual pupils. Personalised pastoral care is given by the Form Teacher, with small form groups allowing individual attention that is augmented by the interweaving of scientific and data driven measures. Repton Prep’s Pastoral Support Group meets regularly and the School adopts a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and a rigorous and carefully constructed anti-bullying policy.
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education) lessons are designed to teach children about their societal responsibilities and to treat one another as individuals, each with their own distinct talents and personalities.
Repton Prep has a vibrant and happy boarding community with four boarding Houses; Nightingale is the girls boarding House where Houseparent Mrs Rachel Casey lives with her family and Francis is the boys boarding House where Mr Ed Saunders is the Houseparent and resides with his family. There are also two flexi boarding Houses, Knowle Hill and Burdett run by Mrs Claire Waldock. Each creates their own special environment for the children, placing outstanding pastoral care at the very heart of everything. There is an exciting programme of boarding events – including trips out, making full use of the School’s lake and grounds, challenges, reenactments and celebrations, for full boarders that extends to the flexi-boarding community.
• The school has excellent indoor and outdoor sports facilities. These include a full-size floodlit sand based astroturf pitch; a six-lane, 25m indoor heated swimming pool; a sports Hall with three indoor cricket nets and a climbing wall; hard netball courts; six cricket pitches; outdoor cricket bays; nine football pitches and a rugby pitch; a grass running track and a lake for sailing and canoeing.
• Boys play football, hockey and cricket, and the girls play hockey, football, netball and cricket. The school excels in team sports and fields teams in many year groups. Repton Prep is especially strong in hockey, both for boys and girls. In addition to the main team sports, there are many other options including sailing, golf, fencing, athletics and triathlon.
• As well as benefitting from their own sports facilities, pupils at Repton Prep have access to the superb facilities at Repton School.
Music and Drama:
• The school has an excellent and well-equipped new music school. Many children learn a musical instrument, with around 220 lessons taking place at the school each week, and there are a wonderful variety of orchestras, chamber choirs and musical groups covering various genres. The school’s Chamber Choir performs in front of a 5,000 strong audience at the annual National Arboretum Remembrance Service.
• In Drama, the school has its own theatre and there are large scale annual productions that include Shakespeare plays. Our highly successful LAMDA programme is available to pupils from Year 2 and there are visits from the Young Film Academy and the Young Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Clubs and Societies:
• Repton Prep pupils benefit from a very wide range of ‘after school’ activities. These have included: Choir and Senior Choir; Sailing; Gardening; Backgammon; Chemistry Club; Debating; Cricket; Rounders; Street Dance; Athletics; Cards and Paper Craft; Tennis; Free Swim; French Club; Outdoor Cooking; ICT; Fencing; Jewellery; Karate and Taekwondo; Golf; Play Rehearsals; Eco-Warriors; Quizzes; Horse Riding; Low Ropes Course; Girls’ Football; Warhammer; Engineering; and Textiles.
• The size and location of the school lends itself perfectly to our ‘Adventure’ programmes. Specialist providers lay on courses at the start of every Autumn Term for Years 5 to 8.
Visitors to Repton Prep find a happy school full of children who are thriving. As Derbyshire’s leading Prep School, it offers a perfectly balanced education for pupils from all over the world, the UK and the county who are aged 3-13 years.
Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries at Repton Prep
Nursery day fees start from 3,291 per term rising through the years to 7,075 in Year 7 and 8.Boarding fees start at 7,750 per term to 9,161 in Year 7 and 8.
Flexi boarding is 48.50 per night.
Year 7 Entry Assessments and Scholarships:
Repton Prep offers scholarship awards to pupils entering Year 7 across Academic, Drama, Music and Sport. As a School, we are looking for talented, committed and dedicated pupils who demonstrate potential and who enjoy school life.
We invite pupils to attend Academic, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship Days. All candidates not undertaking an Academic Scholarship will be required to take an assessment.
Bursaries are available to those who may not otherwise be able to afford a Repton Prep education. More information about our bursary programme can be found here: The Repton Foundation | Repton School.
Miss Ellie Jones, Repton Prep Admissions Manager
Tel: 01283 707112