Latham is a shining beacon of all that is great in Repton. Renowned for its diversity and sociability, the individual talents of each member of the House are celebrated in a way which is unique. There is an excellent interaction between year groups and success as well as effort in academic and co-curricular life are respected and encouraged by all. Although we count in our midst some of Repton’s finest scholars, our make-up is a rich tapestry of talents, with county cricketers and academy footballers harmoniously rubbing shoulders with outstanding choristers and musicians as well as gifted actors and outdoor enthusiasts like ourselves! Nonetheless, what stands above all else is the sense of unity and cohesion in the House; whether a Lathamite is an academic scholar or simply an enthusiastic member of the House community, he is valued and welcomed into the fold.
The House itself was founded in 1857 and is the only House in Repton named after its original Housemaster, the Reverend Edward Latham. Originally based in the High Street, the House moved in 1918 to its current premises in Tanners Lane. Surrounded by playing fields and tennis courts on three sides, Latham enjoys a peaceful and idyllic location away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street, yet remains within striking distance of all the major school sites most notably the science priory, chapel, music school, sports pitches and sports centre.
Sam Merlin, BA Hons
Erin Merlin, MEng
Sam and Erin joined Repton in 2012 and took over the helm of Latham House in 2013, with the help of their three children Felix (7), Stella (5) and Beatrix (3). Having been raised in the Lake District, Sam spent his teenage years as a boarder at Gordonstoun School which furthered his love of nature and the outdoors. He read Languages at Durham University, where he met Erin. Prior to becoming a teacher of French and Spanish, he worked in industry for six years, marketing at Diageo, Unilever and latterly in Formula 1, before starting his teaching career at Whitgift School, South Croydon. There, he held pastoral roles on the Fifth and Sixth Form teams before serving as the Head of the French Department prior to his arrival at Repton. Among other activities, Sam is an outdoor enthusiast, with particular fondness for ball sports, trail running, skiing and anything that allows him to learn more about wildlife. In addition, he has a passion for music of all genres, foreign travel and the cinema, and happily labels himself as a ‘foodie’ with an occasional penchant for malt whisky! He has coached both U16 hockey and U15 football at Repton and is an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Erin was educated at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, before studying Civil Engineering at Durham University, where she was awarded an army cadetship and so attended officer training at RMA Sandhurst. Despite revelling in her army years with the Royal Engineers, she instead decided to pursue a career in industry. For ten years Erin worked at Unilever, marketing such delights as PG Tips and Sure deodorant. It was Erin’s love of education and training which inspired Sam to pursue his teaching career, and she has relished being able to be involved in school life whilst raising the three mini Merlins. Last year, she retrained as a secondary school Physics teacher and she now teaches at Chellaston Academy. She is a hugely visible and active member of all things Latham and has also helped a great deal on the netball courts where she has led the U16A team to the National finals in recent years. Erin shares Sam’s passion for foreign travel, sport and the outdoors, always trying to combine all three with ski trips abroad. She is a qualified army ski instructor and, like Sam, is also an accredited assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. She is a self-professed useless, but eager, pianist, which brings her temporary tranquillity in an otherwise busy life.
Sam and Erin are delighted to be joined in Latham by the House’s inaugural resident tutor, the enthusiastic, hugely popular and committed Mr Riccardo De Rosa, Head of Geography.