Epsom College headteacher, daughter and husband found dead on school grounds
The death of the family on the school grounds has shocked the prestigious college, Ellie Pitt reports
The headteacher of Epsom College has been found dead along with her husband and seven-year-old daughter on school grounds.
Surrey Police were called to the prestigious boarding school at around 1am on Sunday morning and found the bodies of Emma Pattison, 45, her husband George, 39, and 7-year-old daughter Lettie.
Investigators don't suspect any third party involvement and are treating the incident as isolated.
In a statement late on Sunday evening, the elite school, which was named independent school of the year in 2022, asked for privacy as the school community grappled with the shocking news and the loss of its head.
“It is with the deepest sadness and regret that we have to announce the news of the deaths of Emma Pattison, Head of Epsom College, her daughter Lettie, and her husband George,” the school said.
“Our thoughts, condolences and sympathies are with their families at this tragic time.”
The school added: “The College is working with the police in what remains an ongoing investigation. We must now focus on the welfare and wellbeing of our pupils and staff, and work to ensure that they receive all the comfort, warmth and support required from the Epsom College community.”
The college concluded the statement by saying: “We ask that the public and the media respect the privacy of Emma’s family, and help us to prioritise the needs of our pupils.
“The news is heartbreaking and we need time and space to come together and process these shocking events. No further statement will be issued at this time.”
Epsom and Ewell borough commander Inspector Jon Vale said: “We’re aware that this tragic incident will have caused concern and upset in the local community.
"While this is believed to be an isolated incident, in the coming days, our local officers will remain in the area to offer reassurance to students, parents, teachers, and the local community.
"I would like to thank the school and the community for their understanding and patience while the investigation continues.”
Chairman of the school's board of governors, Dr Alastair Wells, said: “On behalf of everyone at Epsom College, I want to convey our utter shock and disbelief at this tragic news.
"Our immediate thoughts and condolences are with Emma’s family, friends and loved ones, and to the many pupils and colleagues whose lives she enriched throughout her distinguished career.
“Emma was a wonderful teacher, but most of all she was a delightful person.
"In time we will commemorate Emma and her family, in the appropriate way, and in line with the wishes of her family. But for now, we ask that we are all given the time, space and respect we need to come to terms with this tragic loss.”
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