New House

New House is a grand, imposing exterior with a very warm and energetic community within. Despite its name, New House was actually purpose-built more than a century ago, in 1909. From the beautiful, tranquil garden to the history-imbued ‘Readers’ common room; from Matron’s tuck shop to the games room upstairs, via the ranks of old boys’ photos that line the walls, the House is a place with real depth of character, and a superb place for a young man to develop his own.


James Wilton, Housemaster

James was appointed Head of English at Repton in 2011, before taking over New House in 2015. 
He and his wife Lucy were educated here in Derbyshire at Ecclesbourne School, and studied English Language and Literature (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) and Physiotherapy (University of Nottingham) respectively. 

Before coming to Repton, James worked at Whitgift School, where he was Assistant Head of First Form then Deputy Head of Sixth Form, specialising in the UCAS process and leading the Oxbridge programme. There he learnt how to welcome and settle students into a school community, to keep them happy and prosperous, and then help them make a successful move on to new challenges in life post-school. He brings all that experience to bear energetically and positively on Repton students, and especially the New House boys.

James is an enthusiastic runner, Master in Charge of Cross Country and Sprints Coach. Having worked in theatre before becoming a teacher, he directed the School play in 2013. James is passionate about the arts and is a keen cook; he is passing this interest on via New House’s own in-house cookery school. Lucy worked as a manager in the NHS and has been devoted to family life since having Betsy and Teddy. A former netballer and heptathlete, she loves crafts of various kinds and tolerates James’s taste in music and film. 

Alongside James, Lucy and family is Emma Mabbott, our excellent and hyper-organised Matron, the superb tutor team and other brilliant domestic staff. Last but not least is Peggy, the black Labrador puppy, already a firm favourite with all who meet her. 

As a team, as a family, we want New House to be a vibrant, happy and supportive place for all who live in it.

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