AN historic twinning document marking an agreement between a top independent South Derbyshire school and a high school in Japan has been signed.
The official signing ceremony took place during a visit to Repton School by representatives from Toyota Nishi Senior High School and guests from Toyota City in Japan.
The move will see a sharing of ideas between the two sites, as well as a visit by Japanese pupils to Repton next year.
Repton head teacher Robert Holroyd said: “We are delighted to enter into this friendly and educational link with Toyota Nishi Senior High School.
“It will provide interesting and beneficial opportunities to the two schools and their staff and pupils.
“It is the first time that Repton School has entered into such an agreement and we are confident of its success. It fits very well with our philosophy that education should provide young people with a global perspective.”
The principal of Toyota Nishi High School, Masazami Sugiyama, and one of the Japanese school’s science teachers Hidehiro Narita were among the visitors, as well as deputy mayor of Toyota City Matomi Koumura.
The party was escorted to the Kan Library, which sits at the top of Repton School’s new £9 million science block, for a formal welcome and the signing of the twinning agreement.
The agreement document states that the two schools will ‘nurture students with a rich international sense and knowledge through exchange programmes, such as academic and research studies, and cultural, artistic and sporting activities’.
Development of the twinning agreement follows a visit to Repton School in November last year by a Japanese delegation in the UK to celebrate the 15th anniversary of a twinning arrangement between Toyota City and Derbyshire.