Repton International Schools Limited (RISL), the global arm of the renowned Repton School in the United Kingdom, has announced the appointment of Mr. Iain Blaikie as Headmaster of its new international school set to open in Bangalore, India, in 2018.
Prior to taking up his role as Founding Headmaster of Repton Bangalore, Mr Blaikie was Principal of four different schools, including serving for 13 years at Alcester Grammar School, one of the UK’s leading schools and a specialist performing arts school rated Outstanding on four consecutive inspections. His arrival at Repton Bangalore follows his post as Principal of Regents International School in Thailand, where he strategically implemented a multi-million dollar enhancement of the school's sporting and academic facilities, and increased pupil roll rapidly. Mr Blaikie has been an active member of numerous influential associations including the Grammar School Heads Association and Federation of British International Schools in Asia. He has written for the Times Educational Supplement in the UK and represented schools on national curriculum advisory bodies.
CEO of RISL Tony Puri said: “We are delighted that Mr Blaikie will bring his extensive expertise and successful track record to build a strong foundation for the school, which aims to be a vibrant, multi-cultural learning community. We are offering the very best of modern teaching and learning, in line with Repton UK’s educational philosophy along with 460 years of outstanding educational heritage.”
Mr Blaikie will oversee the development of the 38 acre Repton Bangalore site, which will bring, in addition to Repton’s academic pedigree a welcome focus on Performing Arts and Sports in Bangalore with its purpose-built sporting facilities forming the Repton Sports Institute. Repton Sports Institute is an exciting collaboration with TENVIC, the sports development and training company founded by India’s highly-acclaimed former cricket captain, Anil Kumble.
Speaking about his recent arrival in Bangalore, Mr. Iain Blaikie said: “It is a great pleasure to be joining the Repton family, and in particular to be the Founding Headmaster in a thriving city such as Bangalore. I have visited India several times before and always been fascinated by the rich and diverse culture, as well as the high regard for education and love of learning that many young people and their parents hold. Repton is a natural fit in a setting such as this, where strong traditions co-exist with innovation and aspiration.”
The Bangalore campus will be the latest addition to Repton’s growing family of international schools which includes the highly-rated Repton Dubai, Foremarke Dubai and Repton Abu Dhabi. Mr K.C. Vijaya Kumar, Chairman of the Repton Bangalore Board of Governors commented, "We are very excited to be welcoming our new Headmaster to Bangalore. Mr Blaikie has a deep commitment to providing first-class education, allowing children to flourish in an environment that champions and nurtures talent in all its forms."