The Mitre opened as a girls’ House in 2002 and thus is Repton’s youngest boarding House, currently providing a home from home to 75 girls. The House itself enjoys a beautiful location set within its own extensive private gardens - including a large secluded area which is well-equipped for the girls to enjoy with free standing hammocks and lovely garden furniture. Uniquely it also has its own orchard which provides the perfect setting for the much anticipated annual Easter egg hunt. In the house itself, the girls are able to enjoy accommodation which is both spacious and modern and which the House team work hard to update and renovate as often as possible.
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.
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 5 at Foremarke and Luke is in Year 1 in the Foremarke pre-prep. The family also have a much loved three year old black Labrador – Beans.
In their own time they enjoy entertaining family and friends, outdoor activities with the children, photography and travelling. Both are keen, if not accomplished, on the ski slopes, and have enjoyed introducing the boys to the mountains of Norway.
Anna and Nick are supported in the 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 and pastoral support to the girls. Our resident tutor Caitlin Spencer also provides another hugely important level of support and is always on hand to guide and encourage the Mitre girls.
Anna and Nick are passionate about family life and about making the Mitre a happy “home from home” for the girls in their care. This in turn allows the girls to thrive in the School environment and to 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.