English is central to life at Repton. We encourage and inspire pupils to explore their own ideas and engage with others through language and literature, reaching beyond and extending the bounds of their own perception. We seek to aid pupils in becoming enthusiastic, skilled and independent readers, and to develop their abilities to communicate effectively and confidently in speech and writing and to listen with understanding and sensitivity.

As well as delivering excellent examination results, the department contributes much to the cultural and intellectual life of Reptonians. There are regular theatre visits to Stratford and London; the junior and senior Literary Societies meet weekly and frequently host visiting speakers, and pupils have achieved success in creative and polemical writing competitions, such as the George Orwell Prize, hosted by Pembroke College Oxford and the National Poetry by Heart recitation competition. Furthermore, there is a strong tradition of debating at Repton and teams have recently seen success at National level. Finally, there is an increasing enthusiasm for journalism within the department, and pupils write, edit and produce an online magazine that engages with world issues, as well as contributing to the school magazine: the Reptonian, and a number of other external publications.

Reading is growing at Repton. As well as the renewed enthusiasm brought by the recent publication of the Headmaster’s Reading List, pupils now have access to a range of exciting titles through the Young Adult and Upper School Reading Lists, to furnish them with a range of exciting and mind-broadening literature. All the B Block have a lesson a week devoted to reading in which they pursue their own interests as well as being challenged to venture outside of their comfort zones and continue the habit of reading.

We maintain that English is a life skill and that success is inspired by passionate subject specialists who can nurture pupils to engage fully with all that the fascinating world of literature has to offer.

Miss Kate Campbell, Head of English

Kate graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in English Literature and Philosophy. She completed the Graduate Teacher Programme at King Edward VI Grammar School in Suffolk and then progressed to Oakham School, where she was in charge of Upper School English and heavily involved with the IB Diploma. Her main literary interests are the Younger Romantics, particularly Keats, as well as Irish Literature and Modern poetry.