The Abbey was opened in 1979 as the first purpose built girls’ house at Repton. It is home to 69 girls, from 13 – 18 years old and is situated in the centre of the school within its own grounds and enclosed garden. Its walls are covered with climbing roses and passion flowers which enhance the buildings beautifully during the summer months in particular, and we still have several very productive apple trees which are remnants of the original orchard.
The Abbey is a friendly community where all age groups mix readily, whether it be in one of the three common room areas, or within the house as a whole. The Abbey is also a positive, dynamic and especially happy place. The girls are confident in developing their own identities and their ability to express themselves, which is evident in how they develop ideas and initiatives rather than be driven unquestioningly by tradition. This is in part due to the girls being given the opportunity to learn from their experiences, but also due to the excellent support and encouragement given by House Tutors, our Matron - Chris Pooler and Housemistress Louise Wilbraham. Our 6th form also set an excellent example to the girls in their enthusiasm and attitude to challenges.
Mrs Louise Wilbraham BA
Louise Wilbraham, Housemistress of The Abbey, joined the staff from Trent College in August 2008. She has loved her time at Repton so far, because there is a great emphasis on the pastoral care of the students. Ensuring that her students have a safe, rewarding and fun environment has always been Louise's passion. At Trent, she was Head of of Upper 6th and ran the Senior Girls’ Boarding House for 7 years. Louise teaches Geography and Spanish. Her husband Tim teaches at Repton Primary School. Their daughter Sophie (14) is at Repton and son Charlie (12) is in his last year at Foremarke and looking forward to joining School House in 2013.