Independent School of the Year 2022 announced

Epsom College received award at ceremony held last night

Epsom College, in Surrey, has been awarded Independent School of the Year 2022 at an annual awards ceremony which took place last night [11 October]. The awards celebrates the best in education and student experience in UK independent schools. 

The winner of the overall Independent School of the Year Award is seen as a standard-bearer for the sector. The judging panel of industry experts selected Epsom College, stating that the school is a ‘beacon of excellence’ and showcases the benefits of an independent education in the UK. 

The award is decided by judges who look at schools from across the country, shortlisting to 22 award categories before nominating the Independent School of the Year for the school that has impressed them the most.  

Dr Helen Wright, Chair, Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2022, said: 

“Epsom College is a shining example of all that is best about independent education in the UK. Epsom College is renowned as achieving academic success whilst delivering an exceptional student experience to its pupils of all ages, skills, and backgrounds. 

“The College is a worthy winner of the overall Independent school of the year 2022 accolade, and I congratulate all the students and staff who have helped to make the school the beacon of excellence which it undoubtedly is.” 

Epsom College was also named as the winner of the Student Wellbeing Award at the ceremony, hosted at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on Tuesday 11 October. The judges were impressed by the evidence of the whole-school approach to mental health and the wellbeing of both its staff and pupils.

Dr Helen Wright also praised the College’ commitment to its community outreach and service programme. 

Emma Pattison, Head of Epsom College, said: 

The founding principles of the school, benevolence, and excellence are two things we live by every day. We put focus on time, space and heart and spirit to give all the young people in our care everything they need to become the best version of themselves – in the classroom, on the sports field and in any field of interest that lights that spark within them.  

Emma Pattison © John Wildgoose


 “This is a real privilege to be named the best of the best. I am incredibly proud to be Head and we will display this award with real pride!” 

Emma Pattison, who joined Epsom College at the start of this academic year, takes over from the previous headmaster Jay Piggot after a ten-year tenure.  

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