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Repton School, founded in 1557, is a British independent school located in the village of Reptonmarker, in Derbyshiremarker, Englandmarker. Some of the remains of the oldest buildings date back to the 6th century.


The School Founded a Prep school during World War II to ensure it had enough pupils, and after the war the prep school moved to nearby Foremarke Hallmarker.


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 famous arch (see picture) 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. It is an unusual motto for a public school in that it does not form an exhortation to, or a claim of, virtue or excellence but seems rather to act as a disclaimer: the school cannot be held responsible for the shortcomings of those educated there.


Repton school has 10 houses, 6 for boys and 4 for girls. The boys' houses are New House, The Cross, Latham House, School House, The Priory and The Orchard, each consisting of about 65 boys across 5 school years. The girls' houses are Field House, The Garden, The Abbey and The Mitre, with roughly the same number of members each. New House celebrates its centenary this year (2009).


Repton has a long tradition of sporting excellence having produced numerous top-level sportsmen and women. The school competes in sports typical of a medium-sized English public school (football, Field hockey, athletics, etc.), and more recently Rugby and tennis. Repton also competes in lesser-known sports such as Eton Fives. Repton have been National Champions in hockey, cricket, swimming and tennis in recent years.

Repton Dubai

On 24 January 2006, it was announced that Repton School is to branch out internationally with the launch of a new boarding school in Dubaimarker, an initiative of the Dubai Education Council (DEC). The school opened to the public in September 2007. The school is similar in many aspects of its teaching and layout to Repton School. It is situated on a site in Nad al Sheba and, according to the Good Schools Guide International, enjoys "very expensive facilities".

Notable alumni


  • Thomas Whitehead (1621-1639)
  • Philip Ward (1639-1642)
  • William Ullock (1642-1667)
  • Joseph Sedgwicke (1667-1672)
  • Edward Letherland (1672-1681)
  • John Doughty (1681-1705)
  • Edward Abbot (1705-1714)
  • Thomas Gawton (1714-1723)
  • William Dudson (1723-1724)
  • George Fletcher (1724-1741)
  • William Asteley (1741-1767)
  • William Prior (1767-1779)
  • William Bagshaw Stevens (1779-1800)
  • William Boultbee Sleath (1800-1830)
  • John Heyrick Macaulay (1830-1840)
  • Reverend Thomas Williamson Peile (1841 - 1854)
  • Steuart Adolphus Pears (1854 - 1874)
  • Lionel Ford (1901 - 1910)
  • William Temple (1910 - 1914)
  • Geoffrey Fisher (1914 - 1932)
  • John Gammell (1968 - 1978)
  • David Jewell (1979 - 1987)
  • Graham E. Jones 1987-2003
  • Robert Holroyd 2003-


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