In 2007 Repton celebrated the 450th anniversary of its foundation by the executors of Sir John Port's will. It was a natural time in which to take stock of Repton's past, present and future. To this end a lavishly illustrated book, written by a distinguished collection of current and Old Reptonians under the editorship of John Plowright, has been published, providing a history of the school and tracing the often complex but always compelling story of the relationship between the school's students, staff, and society at large.
Much more than a history, Repton to the End recalls the experiences and memories of Reptonians during their time at the school - the highs, the lows, work and play, characters and personalities, the glimpses of the famous before they were famous, even scandals - forming an unmissable record.
''John Plowright states his determination not to produce a 'sanitised, self-congratulatory myth' and for the most part he has undoubtedly succeeded. Warts and all, past failures and successes are acknowledged.....The lasting impression this book gives, however, is that Repton is a vibrant place which has built successfully on a colourful and highly individual past and will, despite Plowright's reservations about the title, succeed in being Repton to the End.'' Conference & Common Room Magazine, Autumn 2008