Teenager arrested over two rape allegations at Jeremy Clarkson’s old private school

Co-ed boarding school charges well over the UK's average salary in fees per pupil

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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of committing two rapes at an exclusive private school in Derbyshire.

Repton School counts Top Gear presenter and newspaper columnist Jeremy Clarkson among its alumni, as well as Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers.

It charges £10,547 a term for boarding students and £7,825 for day pupils, and was founded in 1559. It caters to boys and girls aged between 13 and 18 years old.

The teenager was detained by police following allegations. A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said the boy was currently out on bail.

"The youth was arrested by officers on Tuesday on suspicion of committing two rapes,” he spokesperson said. “He was questioned and released on police bail while enquiries continue."

The allegations against the boy date to October this year.

Headmaster Robert Holroyd said in a statement: "I can confirm that a police investigation is currently being conducted into an alleged sexual offence at Repton School.

"The welfare of the pupils in our care is our overriding priority, and we are giving the police all the assistance we can in this matter.

"The investigation does not involve any member of staff, past or present.

 "As you will appreciate, given the police investigation, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this stage."

Clarkson achieved O-Levels at the school but claims he was expelled before his A-Levels for making a “nuisance” of himself.

With three terms in a year, the school's £10,547-per-term fees amount to more each year than the UK's average full time salary of £26,500.