Epsom College head celebrated school in last post before death with family

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    The headmistress of a £45,000 per year school who was found dead alongside her husband and young daughter celebrated the college in haunting Twitter posts just before her death.

    Emma Pattison, 45, daughter Lettie, seven, and husband George, 39, were found dead at Epsom College in Surrey at 1am yesterday (Sunday, February 5).

    No details on how the three died have yet been released, but police were called to the site at 1.10am and officers have said they believe it was an "isolated incident" with no third party involvement.

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    On Twitter, a beaming Emma posed with champagne as she lauded the achievements of the school that she took over as head of in September last year.

    “Wow! What an honour. We're thrilled to be Independent School of the Year," she wrote.

    She later added: "It gets better every time I read it. Epsom College is school of the year."

    The teacher also spoke about life as head of the school in a December podcast made by students.

    She said: “In terms of transition it’s been a really big change for my family. We’ve moved house – we’ve bought a dog.

    “I’ve got a new job, my husband has got a new job, that wasn’t meant to happen but it did and my daughter has started a new school so there’s been a lot of change for us as a family.”

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    Dr Alastair Wells, Chair of the Board of Governors at Epsom College, 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.”

    Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey offered condolences and assured there would be a "thorough investigation".


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