The Head’s Welcome

David Flint

Head of Senior School

It is my privilege and my pleasure to welcome you to Repton Senior School; a vibrant and growing part of the Repton family that aims to unlock and develop the academic and pastoral abilities of all of our pupils.

Many years ago whilst serving with the Royal Air Force, my Squadron motto, “Quiquid agas agae” which when translated reads “Whatsoever you may do, do” has formed the basis of my personal philosophy since and I have used it as a mantra throughout my subsequent two careers in the engineering industry and in education as well as my post – graduate studies. However, I have altered my interpretation of the meaning slightly in the context of aspirations and achievement to read “Do what needs to be done.”

For Repton, what needs to be done has to be viewed in the context of the varied nature of our pupil cohort which sets us a challenge to provide not only a rigorous and balanced curriculum for our learners but also to ensure that pastorally, pupils are fully and appropriately supported. This way our aims to ensure positive personal growth in tandem with academic success are set clearly for all.

The world we live in is more dynamic than ever before. This dynamism, hastened by the emergence of ever more complex technologies that give access to ever increasing quantities of information, throws up huge challenges for young people hoping to make their way in what is for them, a largely undefined world. To function in such an environment is the challenge for our pupils and for the Senior School teachers at Repton. We all well aware of the importance of value added attributes for those pupils applying for university places at institutions where academic excellence is largely a given. In such cases, the keys to success lie in what a candidate can offer in terms of experiences, personal qualities, skills and importantly the ability to use their secondary school academic and pastoral knowledge and apply it practically to real world problems.

Firmly founded on the British curriculum but inclusive of the best an international education has to offer, Repton’s aim is to help equip our young people with the tools to function and excel in our increasingly globalised word at university and beyond. Tools to investigate, learn, cooperate and communicate skills and ideas to others. The need to develop pupils as knowledgeable, globally aware, compassionate and effective individuals is greater than ever and our focus is therefore to ensure that the pupil experience at Repton is geared towards providing such opportunities in all contexts.

Boarding is at the heart of Repton and our aim is to provide for all our pupils the sort of caring, stimulating and happy environment which will enable them to grow into self-confident, active and highly successful young citizens of the future. The ethos and culture of the whole school as it grows and matures is based on the positive and caring attitude engendered by the boys and girls who work, live and play on the school campus.

Our staff hail from a variety of educational backgrounds in UK independent schools and from international educational contexts. As life-long learners themselves, they are all committed to providing the best possible education for all our pupils. We have a rich, varied and growing curriculum culminating in the IB Diploma that includes a strong co-curricular component. Our strength on the sports field, in a variety of specialisms, increasingly sees us as a force to be reckoned with both in the UAE and abroad. The same is true of our debating teams, who have not only participated but triumphed in the World Scholars’ Cup for the last two years.

The continuum of education at Repton will able pupils joining us from the Junior School, as well as from the UAE and abroad, to be further developed to ensure that they have the fullest range of strengths, both academic and pastoral, when they complete their formal journey with us at the end of Year 13.

My pledge, and that of my staff, is to “do what needs to be done” to ensure our pupils have the best possible learning experiences allowing them to maximise their talents and enable them to ultimately reap the rewards that effort and a quality education brings. My colleagues and I very much look forward to meeting you and to welcoming you to our Senior School.

“Quiquid agas agae.”