The two regions pledged to work together after the Toyota Motor Company opened its first European car factory in South Derbyshire. Over the past two decades, councils in Derbyshire and Toyota City have been working together to benefit the economy, environment and education.
During the visit, the delegation including Councillor Michael Stanton, the current Chairman of the Council, toured Repton’s magnificent 400 Hall theatre, the recently opened multi-purpose Sports Hall, New Court gallery, and observed a Sixth Form Textiles class. Repton School’s Headmaster Mr Alastair Land welcomed the delegation and both parties exchanged cultural gifts.
The Headmaster commented: “It was an honour to receive Mr Ota and his delegation and share with them and the Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council the heritage of Repton together with its contemporary educational approach. Mr Ota in his kind speech reminded us of the importance of connecting young people culturally across the world as part of their school experience to secure a better future for us all”
Repton School maintains a close partnership with Toyota Nishi High School, Japan through an annual exchange programme. Pupils from Toyota Nishi enjoy a three-day visit to Repton to experience life at a co-educational boarding school in the UK. The groups participate in lessons, work together on science-based projects and take lunch together in the boarding houses.