The Mitre opened as a girls' House in 2002, and with its new Sixth Form wing extension provides a home for 75 girls. The House enjoys a beautiful location with extensive private gardens including a large grassed area for the girls to rest and play and the pupils enjoy accommodation which is both spacious and modern.
The Mitre is a relaxed, friendly and lively place to live, with the emphasis on a family atmosphere – encouraging a unique house spirit found in all aspects of House life. The Mitre sees many successes in inter-House competitions and there are lots of Mitre girls in positions of responsibility throughout the School. This aspiration to excellence has always been the mark of a Mitre girl, and it is no surprise that a number of positions of responsibility from the Heads of Athletics and 1st team netball to the President of the Geographical Society and key members of the school social committee have been chosen from within the Mitre across the course of the last academic year. This kind of inspirational leadership from the U6th, leaves the younger years aspiring to meet the same standards and there is no doubt that all the girls in the House are encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do within a supportive environment. The girls wear their House colours of navy and pink with pride and a sea of pink and blue shirts can always be seen at inter-House competitions, with the House atmosphere on show for all to see and hear! Every girl in the House is proud to call herself a “Mitre girl”...
Mrs Anna Parish, BA, PGCE
Anna joined Repton in August 2008 to become Housemistress of the Mitre and lives with her husband Nick and sons Joshua and Luke. Educated as a boarder at Uppingham School, Anna has a great insight into busy boarding school life. She went to the College of St Hild and St Bede at Durham University where she met Nick before going on to complete her PGCE at Hugh’s Hall, Cambridge. Anna has also taught at St Peter's York and Brighton College. Prior to her appointment at Repton she was the Housemistress of a girls’ day House at Brighton College.
As well as teaching History and Politics at Repton, Anna also coaches the U14B netball team, takes Rounders in the Summer and supports the running of the Marriot Society. Nick, also a qualified teacher, is a stay-at-home dad to Joshua and Luke, and plays a key pastoral role in helping Anna to run The Mitre. Joshua is enjoying his time in Year 4 at Foremarke and Luke is in the Reception class in the Foremarke pre-prep. The family also have a much loved two year old black Labrador – Beans.
The whole family can often be found supporting the girls from the touchlines with Joshua gaining some skills from watching the girls play hockey and Luke enjoying practising his scooter runs on the side-lines. Nick is actively involved in the day to day running of the House and turns his hands to many aspects of school life. His annual “apple crumble bake-off” with the L6th as they prepare for the Sale of Work is a highlight of his year. He is also known in the House for his sense of humour and enthusiastic morning greetings!
Anna and Nick are passionate about family life and about making the Mitre a “home from home” for the girls in their care. In their own time they enjoy entertaining family and friends, outdoor activities with the children (making the most of their National Trust membership!), photography and travelling. Both are keen, if not accomplished, on the ski slopes, and look forward to introducing the boys to the concept when they’re old enough.
Anna and Nick are lucky enough to be supported in House by two other key members of resident House staff. Matron Alix provides invaluable help with the day to day running of the House and is always on hand to provide medical support to the girls as well as a listening ear and a cup of hot chocolate. The wonderful Miss Gavin – fondly known by the Mitre girls as “Gavla” has been our resident tutor since 2014, having already been a member of the Mitre tutor team. She is a hugely supportive member of the Mitre team and held in high regard by the Mitre girls who enjoy her company on her duty nights and weekends.
Above all, Anna and Nick work to provide a supportive family environment in the House, and a happy home for the Mitre girls. This in turn allows the girls to thrive in the School environment and achieve their potential in all aspects of School life. This is reflected in the array of achievements, both individual and House, seen in our regular news updates. We hope that the girls will aspire to excellence in everything they do and leave from under the Arch as happy, confident and accomplished young ladies who will look back fondly on their time at Repton and in The Mitre.