The House is in a true sense every Reptonian’s home in the School. It is the place where pupils eat, sleep, work and live; where their most enduring relationships with peers and members of staff are born; and a secure, stable base for them within the busy life of a boarding school.
It is also home to the Housemaster or Housemistress and their family, and their expert guidance helps pupils to develop academically, socially and in all aspects of their extracurricular life. Each House also has its own resident Matron, on hand 24 hours a day to care for the pupils’ welfare and practical needs, while the School’s Medical Centre is available for any health issues which may arise. The House team is further strengthened by a team of tutors, who take an active interest in all that the pupils undertake, individually or as a community.
This cohesive, family environment is fostered by the traditional system of in-house dining, in which the House community comes together three times a day; a chance to chat about the latest events, relax with their friends and for staff to keep abreast of any concerns a pupil might have. Every House has its own dining room and chef, which are able to deal with specific dietary requests and keep the whole house well-fed and happy!
There are ten Houses; six for boys and four for girls, each one home to approximately 60 pupils, with day pupils fully integrated with boarders. Some possess beautiful Victorian architectural features, others are much more modern in design, but a rolling programme of investment ensures that boarding facilities are constantly being improved and updated.
Accommodation varies slightly but in all houses Reptonians progress from the fun of a shared room for the younger pupils to enjoying greater privacy as seniors, while all have access to a choice of Common Rooms, with comfortable sofas, entertainment systems and wireless internet access, and every study or bedsit has access to the School Network.
The essence of House life, though, is its inclusive nature: pupils of all ages, both boarding and day, and of course, staff too, are thoroughly involved in the community. Through competitions, House plays, fundraising events and just everyday life, Reptonians develop in an environment that is friendly, stimulating, sociable but structured, and they respond enthusiastically to this opportunity.
One thing that is certain; every Reptonian staunchly believes that his or her House is the very best in the School!