Situated in the centre of the School, The Orchard had its beginnings in 1857 when the Rev. William Johnson began to take boarders in a house on the site of the current vicarage. This formidable individual holds the record for longevity as a Repton Housemaster, holding the post for forty years! Such was the popularity of the House that the then Headmaster, Steuart Adolphus Pears, commissioned a new building to be built on the current site, behind the recently erected School Chapel. The Orchard was thus the first school house outside the Arch - or at least the first that can claim continuity to the present day. Its name is apt, given that it used to be surrounded by an orchard, which today forms part of the garden of The Abbey. The House motto is Scientia Docentiae Fructus which means ‘Wisdom is the fruit of knowledge’.
Matt Carrington BSc
Matt Carrington is the thirteenth Housemaster of The Orchard, having taken over the House in 2015. He is married to Claire who is a teacher of Biology at the school and they have three children, Gracie, who is five years old and attends Foremarke, Georgina who is two years old and Jesse who was born in January 2017. Matt has been at Repton since 1998 and, therefore, has extensive experience in boarding and pastoral matters. He teaches both Economics and Business to A-level, serving as Head of Business for nine years before taking on The Orchard. He also runs the highly successful football programme at the school, serving as Director of Football and 1st XI coach since 2008.