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Emma Pattison: Headteacher of Elite School Found Dead

Emma Pattison: Headteacher of Elite School Found Dead

Speaking about how her move to Epsom College last year had gone in a podcast, Mrs. Pattison said “there’s been a lot of change for us as a family but it’s been wonderful”.

Emma Pattison, 39, and her seven-year-old daughter Lettie were discovered dead at their home on the grounds of Epsom College.

Their deaths have shocked both the prestigious independent school and the wider Surrey community.

Emma Pattison, who was she?

Mrs. Pattison took over as head of Epsom College in September 2022, after six years as head of Croydon High School.

She was the school’s first female principal, and it is currently the Independent School of the Year, according to its website.

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Mrs. Pattison stated about her appointment: “I am overjoyed and honored to have been named head of Epsom College.

“It’s a school I’ve long admired with an enviable reputation, and George and I can’t wait to meet the students, parents, and faculty and become a part of this wonderful community.

“We intend to make our home and school equally welcoming in the coming months and years.”

According to Companies House, her husband George was a chartered accountant and the director of a management consultancy firm called Tanglewood 2016.

Mrs. Pattison said in a podcast about how the move went: “My family has experienced a significant shift. So, we’ve relocated.

“We’ve purchased a dog. My husband has a new job, which wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did, and my daughter has started a new school. So there has been a lot of change for us as a family, but it’s been fantastic.”

The University of Epsom

The school was founded in 1855 and currently has over 850 students enrolled.

It educates girls and boys aged 11 to 18 through day and boarding school.

Boarding students pay upwards of £42,000 per year, and the acting head has been identified as Paul Williams.

The college was named Independent School of the Year in October 2022, and its website lists its values as kindness, ambition, and integrity.

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Conservative MP Sir Michael Fallon, broadcaster Jeremy Vine, and comedian Tim Vine are among its alumni.

The school stated in a statement: “We must announce the deaths of Emma Pattison, head of Epsom College, her daughter Lettie, and her husband George with profound sadness and regret.

“At this tragic time, our thoughts, condolences, and sympathies are with their families.”

What did the cops say?

According to police, the family’s next of kin have been notified and are being supported by specialist officers while an investigation into the circumstances of their deaths is underway.

“On behalf of Surrey Police, my team, and I, I first want to express my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Emma, Lettie, and George, as well as the students and staff of Epsom College, for their tragic loss,” Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey said.

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“I want to give my assurance that we will conduct a thorough investigation into what took place last night, and hope to be able to bring some peace in these traumatic circumstances. I would like to request that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”