School House was created in 1997 following the merger of Brook House and The Hall and currently provides a home to 73 boys aged from 13 to 18. Located within the Arch, School House is the only boarding house within Main School, enabling the boys to enjoy excellent access to the vast majority of the School's teaching facilities.
School House is very much a boarding house for the complete all-rounder: indeed, a significant proportion of the boys in the House are committed to a combination of sporting, musical and cultural commitments, on top of their core academic work. On joining the House, new boys will find School House to be a friendly, relaxed boarding house full of welcoming characters and it is certainly a place where they can be happy. However, living with so many high achieving role-models undoubtedly inspires new members of our community to set their sights high. Indeed, as a snapshot, in the last two years alone, School House boys have undertaken the roles of Head Boy and Captain of the 1st XI Cricket, in addition to having had successful applicants to Cambridge and Oxford Universities, the winner of Repton's Young Musician of the Year and a good number of talented sportsment who have, between them, played hockey for Great Britain U18, football for Derby FC Academy and cricket for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
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 and ongoing improvements continue to ensure that School House offers the boys a first class home from home.
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 was educated at Oakham School, as a boarder, and then Reading University. After a spell working in commerce, a PGCE led to him joining the Business Studies and Economics Department at Repton in 2003. He 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 boys 2nd XI this year), as well as having taken responsibility for boys’ athletics in the Summer Term. He was formerly resident tutor in The Cross and Assistant Head of Careers.
Tom is married to Vicky, a physiotherapist at Burton hospital, who supports him in the running of School House. They have two children, Amelie and Freddie, who both attend Foremarke, and a black Labrador called Dotty!