Epsom College

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TypeIndependent day and boarding school
Independent School
Motto"Deo Non Fortuna"
(Latin for "Not through luck but by God")[5]
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England[1]
FounderDr John Propert[2]
Department for Education URN125332 Tables
HeadmasterJames A Piggot
Age11 to 18
Enrolment725 (2012)[3]
Colour(s)Blue and White[4]          
PublicationThe Epsomian
Former pupilsOld Epsomians
PatronElizabeth II
AlumniOEs Connected
The Tower and main entrance as seen from across Main Lawn

Epsom College is a co-educational Independent school, on the slopes of Epsom Downs in Surrey, in Southern England, for students aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1853 as a boys' school to provide support for poor members of the medical profession such as pensioners and orphans ("Foundationers"), Epsom's long-standing association with medicine was estimated in 1980 as having helped almost a third of its 10,000 alumni enter that profession.[6] The college caters to both boarding and day pupils. The headmaster is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). The college's patron is Elizabeth II.


The school was founded in 1853 by Dr. John Propert as The Royal Medical Benevolent College, the aims of which were to provide accommodation for pensioned medical doctors or their widows in the first instance, and to provide a "liberal education" to 100 sons of "duly qualified medical men" for £25 each year.[7]

The Grade II listed Tower and main building,[8] demonstrating the architectural theme of a large number of the buildings on campus.

The establishment of the College was the culmination of a campaign begun in 1844 by the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association, the forerunner of the British Medical Association.[9] The scheme saw the medical profession was "in regard to charitable institutions for the aged and infirm, the widow and the orphan, the worst provided of all professions and callings" and took as its aim the alleviating of poverty and debt.[10] Discussions were chaired by Sir John Forbes, Physician to Prince Albert and the Royal Household, and followed similar plans establishing schools for the Clergy and the Royal Navy in desiring to raise money to found "schools for the sons of medical men", providing an education which would otherwise be "beyond the means of many parents".[11]

By 1851, the Medical Benevolent Society had limited itself to the foundation of a single Benevolent College, and met in Treasurer John Propert's house in New Cavendish Street, Marylebone.[12] The new campaign's fund-raising activities included dinners, which were attended by numerous doctors and Members of Parliament, and concerts, for example at one such event, on 4 July 1855, composer Hector Berlioz conducted the UK premier of his symphonic suite Harold in Italy.[13][14]

The foundation stone was laid on 6 July 1853, and almost two years later, on 25 June 1855, the College was formally opened by Prince Albert and his son, the future King Edward VII in front of an unexpectedly large crowd of around 6,000.[15] In March 1855, Queen Victoria had consented to become patron, which relationship with British monarchs has continued ever since; King Edward VII after the death of his mother, King George V, King Edward VIII in 1936,[16] King George VI from 1937,[17] and then the current Queen until the present.

The Grade II Listed College Chapel[18][19]

Its long-standing association with medicine was estimated in 1980 as having helped almost a third of its 10,000 alumni enter that profession.[6]

Development and charity[edit]

It was founded in 1855 to provide support for poor members of the medical profession. Funding for such a bold undertaking proved inadequate to the task, resulting in a reduced number of buildings and therefore insufficient space to support 100 pensioners and 100 boys. In the 1860s, partially as a result of this, the school was opened up to children of non-medical parents. In subsequent decades, pensioners were supported off-site, until there were none on campus by the end of the 19th century. These moves mark the transition towards the College becoming a public school in the modern sense.

Number of Pupils by year. An overview of the development of the College.

The college continued its charitable activities, alongside its strictly educational role, throughout the 20th century. It was only in 2000 that the Royal Medical Foundation was formed as a separate entity, funding the support of four Foundationers at the College, 27 outside it; and paying 20 pensions and supporting one doctor at a medical home.[20]

In the 1920s the junior school side of the college was run down and thereafter it catered only for 13- to 18-year-olds. In 1976, girls were first allowed into the sixth-form. Twenty years later, the school became fully co-educational.

Its campus is on the outskirts of Epsom, near Epsom Downs on the North Downs, near the racecourse, home to the annual Epsom Derby. Its buildings date from 1853 and are mostly influenced by the Gothic revival architecture, described by Prince Albert as the "pointed style of the 14th Century".[21] In 1974, the main building and the College Chapel attained Grade II listed status.[8][18]

Epsom College in Malaysia[edit]

In 2009 it was announced that the College is to open a new school in Bandar Enstek, just south of Kuala Lumpur[22] scheduled to open in 2013. The new school will eventually cater for some 900 pupils aged 11 to 18, who will follow a British curriculum and another 150 pupils in a preparatory wing. The co-educational school will be built on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) site as part of a development which will include a university, colleges and a medical hub.

The new school has been made possible through the joint funding and support of Kuala Lumpur Education City (KLEC) and the college's network of high-profile Old Epsomians living and working in Malaysia, and will offer opportunities for exchanges of both pupils and teaching staff between the two schools.

OFT Inquiry[edit]

In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading independent schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, exposed by The Times newspaper, although the schools made clear that they had not realised that the change to the law (which had happened only a few months earlier) about the sharing of information had subsequently made it an offence.[23] Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.[24] However, Mrs Jean Scott, the then-head of the Independent Schools Council, said that independent schools had always been exempt from anti-cartel rules applied to business, were following a long-established procedure in sharing the information with each other, and that they were unaware of the change to the law (on which they had not been consulted). She wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer. They are schools that have quite openly continued to follow a long-established practice because they were unaware that the law had changed".[25]


House Name Composition Colours Named after Motto Founded Housemaster/Mistress
Carr (C) Boarding/Day Boys           Dr. William Carr Pro Christo et Patria Dulce Periculum 1883[26] Lawrence Matthews
Crawfurd (Cr) Boarding/Day Girls           Sir Raymond Crawfurd,[27][28][29][30] Member and former Chairman of Council Durum Patientia Frango[31] 1935 as a Day Boys House[32] Leah Skipper
Fayrer (Fa) Boarding Boys           Sir Joseph Fayrer Quo Aequior eo Melior 1897 as a Junior Boys House[33] Stuart Head
Forest (F) Boarding Boys           An early College Benefactor Semper Forestia 1883[26] Jim Stephens
Granville (G) Boarding Boys           Earl Granville Frangas non flectes 1883 as 'Gilchrist'. Renamed 1884.[26] Andy Day
Hart Smith Closed 1965          [34] Former Headmaster Rev. T.N. Hart-Smith-Pearse 1931 for Foundationers aged under 13 n/a
Holman (H) Boarding Boys           Treasurer Sir Constantine Holman[35] 1897 as a Junior Boys House[33] Christopher Filbey
Propert (P) Day Boys           Founder John Propert Dyfalad 1883 as Boarding Boys House[26] Andy Wilson
Raven (Rv) Day Girls           Dame Kathleen Raven, Member of Council Faith in Adversity 1999[36] Sarah Williams
Robinson (Rn) Day Boys          [34] Henry Robinson, Chairman of Council Virtute non Verbis 1968[37] Paul Gillespie
Rosebery (R) Day Girls           The Earl of Rosebery 1926[38] as a day boys house became girls in 2008 Katie Lenham
White House (Wh) Boarding 6th form Girls           Original Building Name 1976 Faith Smith
Wilson (W) Boarding Girls           Sir Erasmus Wilson Expecta Cuncta Superna 1871, as an independent Boarding Boys House,[39] named 1883[26] & incorporated into the College 1914.[40] Becca Wilson

House colours are seen in the stripes in the ties worn by the majority of boys (those not wearing colours or prefects' ties); on a rectangular brooch worn by the girls; and at the neck of school pullovers. They are also used in house rugby and athletics tops.


Association Football[edit]

Association Football became the major sport for boys in the Lent Term in 2014. Previously the sport was an option and played at Sixth Form level only. Now it is played across all age groups from Under 12 to U18. The College is currently part of the Southern Independent Schools Lent Term League, considered to be the most prestigious in the South East of England. The College can raise 26 teams and plays the likes of Harrow, Tonbridge, Haileybury, St John's, Berkhamsted, Radley and St Paul's. strong links have been built with Chelsea FC and coaches from there are part of the weekly training and coaching programme.


Hockey is the major sport for girls in the Michaelmas term and became a major sport after the opening of the (then) new pitches behind the maths block. While the pitches were completed for September 1966, the autumn term was devoted to stone picking parties, and the hockey season started in January 1967. Hockey had been played previously on the Chudleigh rugby and cricket pitches. Now modern Hockey for girls (in Michelmas Term) is played on 'Astro' Pitches. They are situated by the esteemed Chapel Building (Chapel Astro) and Fayrer House (Crosby Astro).

Rugby Football[edit]

Rugby Football major boys sport during the Michaelmas term. Rugby Sevens is played in the Lent Term. In 2001, the Epsom College U15 team won their age group in Daily Mail Cup, beating The John Fisher School by 17-12 at Twickenham in the Final.[41] In 2006, the U16 Epsom sevens team won the 2006 Sevens National Championship at Rosslyn Park by beating Millfield 29-19.[42] In 2005 Epsom College U15 Team lost to Bedford 10-5 in the Semi final of the Daily Mail competition.[43]

Rifle shooting[edit]

Epsom College has a long history of excellence at Target Rifle Shooting, both small-bore and full-bore, and over the last 40 years has consistently been the premier rifle shooting school in the UK.[44] The College Rifle team has won the National Championships – the Ashburton Shield – 15 times,holding the record for the highest number of Ashburton wins by a single school.,[44] thus making it as one of the best rifle teams in the country.[45] They have won the Ashburton Shield, the premiere event at the annual Schools' Rifle Championships more often than any other school, recording a record-breaking 15th Ashburton win in 2011 (the 150th year of the competition).[46][47]


Swimming is more of a minor sport at Epsom College, as it is often chosen as an alternative to the more popular team sports, such as Rugby. In the 5th form, choice is given to all pupils not included in 1st teams. Practice and occasional galas take place in the College's 25-metre swimming pool. Training is supervised by teachers at the school and external coaches.


Badminton is a fairly recent team sport at Epsom College, acting as a popular choice for foreign pupils who board. Weekly matches take place at the school and as with most other sports, training takes place in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays in either of the large, well equipped sports halls. It is open to both male and female pupils of all ages.


The Athletics Term[edit]

Until the winter of 1965, Epsom College was unusual in holding athletics in the coldest months of the year, between January and April. This meant that the long jump pit was often frozen. The track surrounded the First XV pitch, and was either frozen or waterlogged.

Air raid shelters[edit]

During the Second World War, in preparation for the possibility of attack from the air, several air raid shelters were built, the outlines of which are still visible in aerial photographs and satellite imagery as a row of negative cropmarks in the grass on the Chapel Triangle. In his 1944 book, Sunday After The War, Henry Miller called these "shelters from aerial bombardment".[48]

The fives courts[edit]

Near Wilson Pitch,[49] there are the remnants of several open air fives courts, one of which is said to be a doubles court. In the late 1960s these were functional courts, albeit of odd design.


Sundry items of interest[edit]

Southern Railway Schools Class[edit]

The School lent its name to the thirty-eighth steam locomotive (Engine 937) in the Southern Railway's Class V, of which there were 40. This Class was also known as the Schools Class because all 40 of the class were named after prominent English public schools. 'Epsom', as it was called, was built in 1934.The locomotive bearing the School's name was withdrawn in the early 1960s.

Notable pupils[edit]

Usually this section will reflect past pupils, known as "Old Epsomians" (OEs). Where a current pupil is notable outside the school environment, such a pupil is listed in this section.

A to D[edit]

E to K[edit]

L to R[edit]

S to Z[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Orange was introduced in the 21st Century in marketing materials, though it is not part of the school uniform.
  5. ^ Literally: "By God, not by luck"
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  7. ^ Taken from notes of the First General Meeting 25 June 1851, quoted in Salmon 1980: 4
  8. ^ a b "Images of England". Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2007. (built in) 1853. Architect "Mr Clifton". Formerly Royal Medical Benevolent College. Red brick with ashlar dressings. Pitched tile roofs. Grouped brick stacks with cornicing. 2 storeys with 3 storey gables at intervals. 1 long range, asymmetrically organised. Mullion and transom windows with pointed lights and hood-moulds which link up as string-courses. Main entrance under 5 storey tower, with crow-stepped crenellations to parapet, 1 octagonal flanking stair tower (also crenellated), and 1 diagonal buttress. 3 storey ashlar porch also with diagonal buttresses breaking back above ground floor, and canted on 2nd floor, pointed archway on ground floor, mullioned windows above. Single storey rooms break forward to north and south of entrance. Range continues to north, breaking forward only slightly at each subsidiary entrance, which has many-chamfered soffit set between elaborately carved buttresses, and gabled attic storeys above. North and south return sections isolated from remainder of range.
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  11. ^ 1844 prospectus, quoted in Scadding 2004: 6
  12. ^ Scadding 2004: 8-12
  13. ^ Scadding 2004: 12
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  15. ^ Salmon 1980: 11
  16. ^ Salmon 1980: 35
  17. ^ Salmon 1980: 48
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  21. ^ Prince Albert, quoted by a contemporary newspaper account, Scadding 2004: 19
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  31. ^ Literally: "With patience I break the hard (thing)", more pleasingly: "Patience means I can do hard tasks", colloquially (c 1969) "I patiently break even the hardest condom" (an allusion to the brand Durex)
  32. ^ Scadding 2004: 93
  33. ^ a b Scadding 2004: 167
  34. ^ a b Robinson was created in the building previously occupied (after a short interval as the Sanatorium) by Hart Smith. The Hart Smith colours were passed to Robinson, presumably because of the location.
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  39. ^ Scadding 2004: 47
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  47. ^ "Another Ashburton win for target rifle team". 14 July 2011. The College Target Rifle VIII saw off strong competition at the National Rifle Association's Schools Meeting at Bisley last week to retain the prestigious Ashburton Shield in the 150th year of the competition. This was the 15th time overall and the 14th time in the past 22 years that Epsom has won the blue riband event of the school target rifle shooting calendar.
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    He thus rescued 68 sepoys and 33 other persons who were facing starvation. Without medical assistance he fed and doctored them until they were fit to proceed. He fell ill with severe fever but remained behind and was responsible for saving the lives of over 200 persons. Mr Mackrell showed the highest initiative and personal courage, and risked hardships which might easily have proved fatal
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Further reading and sources[edit]

  • Salmon, Michael A (1980). Epsom College the First 125 Years. Old Epsomian Club. 145 pages.
  • Scadding, Alan (17 November 2004). Benevolence and Excellence: 150 Years of the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College. Epsom College. ISBN 978-0-9549549-0-1. 134 pages.

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