460-year-old British school soon in Bengaluru

July 06, 2016 12:00 am | Updated September 18, 2016 11:39 am IST - BENGALURU:

There is yet another ‘international’ school in town, in the true sense of the word. Repton, the 460-year-old British independent school, is setting up its first satellite campus in India in Bengaluru.

Said to be the first school from the United Kingdom to set up an offshore campus in the country, the institution will start functioning in 2018 from its campus on Whitefield – Sarjapur Road, offering courses under the IGCSE curriculum and an IB Diploma.

Founded in 1557, Repton’s alumni include writers Roald Dahl and Christopher Isherwood, and well-known names from the sporting world such as Olympic gold medal athlete Harold Abrahams and C.B. Fry.

To begin with, the school will start pre-school and day care centres in Whitefield from this August. Next in the pipeline is the opening of three more such centres, one of them likely in Bellandur, to prep students to join the school when it opens. Real estate developer VR Group and Indian cricketing legend and coach Anil Kumble’s sports training and consulting firm Tenvic are partnering with Repton.

This will be Repton’s fifth offshore campus, the other ones being in Abu Dhabi, Jordan and two in Dubai. Mark Atkins, COO, Repton International Schools, said Bengaluru was a “natural choice” to set up the school owing to its “multi-cultural identity and vibrancy.” The fee structure will be reasonable, he added.

Focus on sports

Vasanth Bharadwaj, from Tenvic, said the Bengaluru campus will begin its focus on sports with Indian games such as lagori and gilli-danda before moving on to other sports included in the Indian Olympic charter such as hockey, tennis, basketball and badminton.

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