At the heart of Repton’s close family ethos is the traditional system of in-house dining, which means that each House community meets together three times a day, for breakfast, lunch and tea. Every House has its own dining room and its own chef, making sure any specific dietary requests are adhered to, and keeping the whole house well-fed and happy!
Lunch is the main formal meal of the day, providing a chance for the whole house to come together, say grace, chat about the latest events, relax with friends and for staff to keep abreast of any concerns a pupil might have. House parents, tutors and other members of staff join the pupils, many rotating around the 10 houses on a weekly basis, giving the pupils the opportunity to chat with adults in a grown-up and informal manner, while ensuring that manners and habits are appropriate for formal mealtimes.
A key aspect of any prospective family’s visit is to join a House for lunch, when the prospective pupil and their parents can sit with pupils and chat to them about life at the School, without members of school staff looking on. This gives a real insight into life at Repton, and it a testament to our pupils and the system of house dining that we consider Reptonians to be the very best ambassadors for our school.
As with all aspects of the house system, pupils are very competitive when it comes to their house food, with many claiming to offer the best food in the School. All provide a healthy, balanced menu featuring fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, but at times an excellent Apple Crumble or Treacle Tart is the perfect fuel for an afternoon on the Hockey pitch.
The main meal of the day also enables House parents to make announcements, communicate with the whole house and read the School’s traditional Daily Notices, informing pupils about the afternoon’s sports fixtures, evening Society meetings or academic announcements.
Breakfast and tea are also taken in the boarding houses, although these are generally a less formal affair. Breakfast consists of a wide range of options, with fruit, cereal and full cooked breakfasts on the menu, while tea favourites include brie and bacon baguettes, pasta bakes, jacket potatoes, fajitas and salad.
For every meal House parents, tutors and other members of staff join the pupils, engendering a close, inclusive environment in each House. This atmosphere is central to life at Repton, and justifies our pride in being able to maintain the traditional system of house dining.