Deaths of private school headteacher and family ‘a possible murder-suicide’

Deaths Of Private School Headteacher And Family ‘A Possible Murder-Suicide’ Deaths Of Private School Headteacher And Family ‘A Possible Murder-Suicide’
Epsom College head Emma Pattison, her husband, George, and their daughter, Lettie. Photo: PA
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By Margaret Davis, PA Crime Correspondent

The deaths of a headteacher, her daughter and husband in England are being investigated as possible murder-suicide, according to reports.

Emma Pattison, her seven-year-old daughter Lettie and husband George were found dead at their home in the grounds of independent Epsom College in the early hours of Sunday.

The Times reported that she contacted a close relative the previous evening with concerns about her husband, and when the relative arrived at their home they found them all dead.

Mr Pattison had been in touch with police only last week about his shotgun licence in order to change his address, the newspaper said.

Surrey Police have not released details of the cause of death but said investigators are confident no one else was involved.

A source told the Telegraph that a member of school staff called emergency services on Sunday after hearing gunshots.


Mrs Pattison (45) became Epsom’s first female head in September 2022 after six years as headteacher of Croydon High School in south London.

Boarding students at the college pay more than £42,000 (€47,000) a year and its alumni include Conservative MP Michael Fallon, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and comedian Tim Vine.

Mrs Pattison’s husband George was a chartered accountant who was director of a management consultancy called Tanglewood 2016, according to Companies House.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can freephone the Samaritans 24 hours a day for confidential support at 116 123 or email The contact information for a range of mental health supports is available at

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