Foremarke Hall, Repton Prep School
Set in beautiful Derbyshire, Repton’s Preparatory School, which is housed in the impressive Foremarke Hall, is a boarding and day school for 447 boys and girls aged 3–13. The elegant Georgian mansion is surrounded by 55 acres of stunning grounds, and Foremarke Hall is able to capture the imagination of prospective pupils after just one quick glance around the site.
A profound boarding ethos shapes the School’s image, and with the inviting grounds and professional and caring staff, Repton’s is able create a home from home atmosphere for boarders. Many teachers live on the expansive grounds with their families, thus creating a secure community atmosphere.
Foremarke maintains that children need time and space in order to become mature, well-rounded individuals, and the School is fortunate to have both time for its children and the luxurious grounds to help them grow.
Why Foremarke is special
The most obvious factor for which Foremarke Hall stands out is its physical splendour – a Palladian manor with a fairytale-like sweeping drive, set in expansive grounds which include a lake and woods. Children do not have to travel off site to enjoy stimulating outdoor extracurricular adventures, such as fishing, sailing, camping and participating in the Forest Schools programme. In such surroundings, Foremarke’s pupils are able to let off steam and discover potentially previously unknown skills and interests which may remain with them for a lifetime.
The School has been welcoming boarders for over 60 years, assisting pupils to become independent, confident, organised and sociable individuals, skills which are needed in the world of work and later in life. With a noticeable family atmosphere and small class sizes, Repton’s is a large School with the vibe of a small school.
Repton’s has four boarding houses, each well-looked after by its own set of house parents who reside there with their own families. Boarders are cared for by a team of house parents, house assistants and tutors, while a school nurse is on call 24 hours a day. Areas in which children can relax, play games and talk with their friends are available in each house.
Foremarke’s after-school activity programme has been highly praised by Independent School Inspectors for its wide range of options and popularity. Choices range from sports such as karate, fencing and golf, creative arts and design clubs including dance, drama and music. There are also opportunities to drive the School’s own greenpower racing cars.
Foremarke pupils share many positive characteristics, such as the desire to “have a go” and their appreciation of teamwork.
Commencing in Year 5, the School’s Outward Bound programme, which includes team building activities in School grounds, is offered to pupils. The programme continues into Years 6 and 7 with pupils visiting the Peak District and Snowdonia to abseil, go canoeing and do rock-climbing. Year 8 brings a five-day excursion to Anglesey after the Common Entrance exam.
In terms of sports facilities, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, AstroTurf pitch, large sports hall and the many high-quality grass pitches for cricket, football and rugby create a huge range of sporting opportunities for pupils. Away from sport, there is a School-wide computer network, a brand-new purpose-built Music School with acoustically designed practice rooms, a spacious new art studio, a new Design and Technology Centre, including a designated IT suite, a180-seat theatre, state of the art language laboratory and a specialist Learning Enhancement Department.
Foremarke has an excellent reputation for its high academic standards and prepares boys and girls for Common Entrance and Academic Scholarship to public school at 13+ for sport, music, design technology, drama, art and IT.
With the establishment of Foremarke Dubai, situated in Al Barsha South, Foremarke became the first UK prep school to be involved in opening a partner school abroad. The school in Dubai welcomes pupils from Nursery to Year 6. The capacity of the school is intended to reach 1280 pupils by 2018. Developments in Dubai have an exciting knock-on effect for pupils in the UK with cultural visits and student exchanges now possible.