School House is a friendly, inclusive and warm-spirited boarding-house that offers 64 boys, aged from 13 to 18, a family 'home-from-home' atmosphere. Tom and Vicky Naylor took over as houseparents of School House in August 2011. They are committed to offering the highest level of pastoral care to each and every member of the House.
School House is a boarding house for the committed all-rounder. A significant proportion of the boys in the House are regularly involved in a combination of sporting, musical and cultural commitments, on top of their core academic work.
On joining, new boys will find School House to be a purposeful but relaxed environment full of welcoming characters and it is certainly a place where they can be happy. However, living alongside so many high achieving role-models undoubtedly inspires new members of the House to set their sights high. Indeed, during Tom and Vicky's time in charge of the House, School House boys have undertaken the roles of Head Boy (four times), Captain of the 1st XI Cricket (four times), Captain of the 1st VI Boys Tennis, the winner of Repton's Young Musician of the Year, Head of Debating, Captain of Swimming, Captain of Rugby, as well as a number of heads of academic societies and a notable number of successful applicants to Cambridge and Oxford colleges.
We have enjoyed plenty of success in all the major inter-house sports competitions in recent years and whilst the School's 'sport for all' philosophy means that there is plenty of competiive sport for all abilities, we have a good number of talented sportsmen who have, between them, played hockey for leading national hockey clubs and international teams; played football for Derby FC's academy and cricket for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
School House was created in 1997 following the merger of Brook House and The Hall. Located within the Arch, School House is the only boarding house within Main School, which gives the boys excellent access to the vast majority of the School's teaching facilities. The building in which the house is situated dates back to 1884 and is the western half of The Hall, overlooking the water known as The Old Trent. The boarding facility was extensively refurbished to a very high standard in the summer of 2009. More recently, in August 2015, the House benefitted from a complete redecoration as part of Repton School's on-going commitment to maintaining the highest standard of boarding facilities. As such, School House offers the boys a first class home from home.
The boys in School House are supported by a wonderfully committed team of tutors - Mr Hill (Resident), Mr Levesley, Mr Exley, Mr Hunt and Mr Burton - as well as Cherry Baker our experienced live-in Matron. As Houseparents, Tom and Vicky Naylor aim to promote a warm, friendly, family atmosphere that will enable each and every member of the house to enjoy day-to-day life at Repton. Moreover, they are committed to helping all of the boys to achieve personal and collective success during their time here - whether it be in academic, sporting or cultural fields - as well as learning the importance of good manners and tolerance.
Tom Naylor, BSc, PGCE
Tom and Vicky Naylor took over the running of School House in August 2011. Tom was educated at Oakham School, as a boarder, and then Reading University. After a three year spell working in product marketing, a PGCE led to him joining the Business Studies and Economics Department at Repton in 2003. Tom was appointed resident tutor in The Cross and Assistant Head of Careers before taking charge of School House.
Tom is a keen sportsman - with a particular interest in hockey, football, rugby, cricket, golf and cycling – as well as being passionate about music. During his time at Repton, he has been heavily involved in the coaching of boys and girls hockey, taking charge of the girls and boys 2nd XI teams, as well as having undertaken the role of Master-in-charge of boys’ athletics, prior to being appointed a Housemaster. Most recently he has enjoyed coaching the U16 cricket team.
Tom is married to Vicky, a physiotherapist at Burton hospital, who supports him in the running of School House and they have three children: Amelie (13), Freddie (8) and Archie (3) as well as a Black Labrador called Dotty!