he non-public faculty the place the our bodies of its headmistress and her household have been discovered useless has pleaded for “time and house” to course of “these surprising occasions”.
Epsom Faculty head Emma Pattison, 45, her husband George, 39 and their daughter Lettie, seven, have been discovered within the grounds of the varsity within the early hours of Sunday morning by the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
In an announcement late on Sunday night, the elite faculty, which was named unbiased faculty of the yr in 2022, requested for privateness as the varsity neighborhood grappled with the surprising information and the lack of its head.
“It’s with the deepest disappointment and remorse that we have now to announce the information of the deaths of Emma Pattison, Head of Epsom Faculty, her daughter Lettie, and her husband George,” the varsity mentioned.
“Our ideas, condolences and sympathies are with their households at this tragic time.”
Surrey Police earlier confirmed that it was an remoted incident and there was no third-party involvement.
The varsity added: “The Faculty is working with the police in what stays an ongoing investigation. We should now give attention to the welfare and wellbeing of our pupils and workers, and work to make sure that they obtain all of the consolation, heat and help required from the Epsom Faculty neighborhood.”
The school concluded the assertion by saying: “We ask that the general public and the media respect the privateness of Emma’s household, and assist us to prioritise the wants of our pupils.
Whereas that is believed to be an remoted incident, within the coming days our native officers will stay within the space to supply reassurance to college students, mother and father, academics and the local people
“The information is heartbreaking and we want time and house to return collectively and course of these surprising occasions. No additional assertion will likely be issued right now.”
Police mentioned the household’s subsequent of kin have been knowledgeable and are being supported by specialist officers whereas an investigation is now underneath solution to set up the circumstances of their deaths.
Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey mentioned: “On behalf of Surrey Police, my workforce, and I, I first need to categorical my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Emma, Lettie and George, in addition to to the scholars and workers of Epsom Faculty, for his or her tragic loss.
“I need to give my assurance that we’ll conduct a radical investigation into what occurred final evening, and hope to have the ability to carry some peace in these traumatic circumstances. I’d ask that their privateness is revered at this very tough time.”
Inspector Jon Vale, Epsom and Ewell’s borough commander, mentioned: “We’re conscious that this tragic incident can have precipitated concern and upset in the local people.
Emma was a beautiful instructor, however most of all she was a pleasant individual
“Whereas that is believed to be an remoted incident, within the coming days our native officers will stay within the space to supply reassurance to college students, mother and father, academics and the local people.
“I want to thank the varsity and the neighborhood for his or her understanding and persistence whereas the investigation continues.”
Surrey Police mentioned the three deaths have been reported to the coroner.
Dr Alastair Wells, chair of the board of governors at Epsom Faculty, mentioned: “On behalf of everybody at Epsom Faculty, I need to convey our utter shock and disbelief at this tragic information.
“Our speedy ideas and condolences are with Emma’s household, buddies and family members, and to the numerous pupils and colleagues whose lives she enriched all through her distinguished profession.
The information is heartbreaking and we want time and house to return collectively and course of these surprising occasions
“Emma was a beautiful instructor, however most of all she was a pleasant individual. In time we are going to commemorate Emma and her household, within the applicable approach, and in keeping with the desires of her household.
“However for now, we ask that we’re all given the time, house and respect we have to come to phrases with this tragic loss.”
Mrs Pattison grew to become Epsom’s first feminine head in September 2022 after six years as headteacher of Croydon Excessive Faculty in south London.
Boarding college students on the faculty pay greater than £42,000 a yr and its alumni embody Conservative MP Sir Michael Fallon, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and comic Tim Vine.
Over 850 girls and boys attend the varsity, which was based in 1853, and its appearing head has been listed as Paul Williams.
Mrs Pattison’s husband George was a chartered accountant who was director of a administration consultancy agency referred to as Tanglewood 2016, in keeping with Corporations Home.