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  • Epsom College
    College Road
    KT17 4JQ
  • Head: Mr Jay Piggot
  • T 01372 821234
  • F 01372 821237
  • E [email protected]
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  • Epsom College is an English independent day and boarding school that educates over 850 boys and girls aged 11 to 18. It is located on the slopes of Epsom Downs in Surrey and was founded in 1853 as a boys’ only school to provide support for poor members of the medical profession.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 897; sixth formers: 328
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £18,765 - £25,266; Boarding £33,849 - £37,263 pa - same
  • Open days: March and October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

When it comes to décor, different departments exhibit endearing idiosyncrasies - from pot plants in chemistry lab (and sign announcing ‘nudisme interdite au delà de cette limite’) to blue-painted English rooms (also notable for friendly clutter of framed posters and attractive display boards already filling up nicely in second week of term) while modern languages is all-purple (even down to lampshades). Black wall in one of physics labs, however, is for sensitive experiments and ‘not because...

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What the school says...

At Epsom we want all our pupils to live happy and fulfilled lives. We want our pupils to find a passion for things that matter to them, a respect for others, the opportunity to challenge themselves, and an attachment to the life of the mind.

We understand that life beyond the classroom may transform the lives of our pupils. The breadth of activity on offer at Epsom extends far beyond the classroom, incorporating a world of sport and music, drama and societies, expeditions and camps, and friendship and laughter. Our academic results are excellent and success across a vast range of co-curricular activity has never been better.

On visiting the College, the beautiful still red brick Victorian buildings within a picturesque 85 acres estate is immediately inspiring. Fully co-educational, Epsom College offers modern House accommodation, with five of the Houses having been sympathetically refurbished in the past two years. A new Lower School for 11+ entry opens in September 2016 as we welcome 60 boys and girls into our Third Form. Housed in purpose-built teaching accommodation, the Lower School will offer state-of-the-art facilities and be co-located with the rest of the College’s extensive estate.

Epsom College sits just 15 few miles south of central London, with easy access to both Gatwick and Heathrow international airports.

A committed staff of more than 100 teachers, excellent pastoral care, an experienced Headmaster and a dynamic leadership team all combine to ensure that Epsom College gives our pupils the strongest foundations for future success.

The great majority of our teaching staff live within the College grounds and, together with the 749 boys and girls, they form an integrated community whose strength lies in the emphasis it places on tolerance, benevolence and the developing of individual potential.

Epsom has a long tradition of successfully educating boys and girls from overseas and currently some 15 per cent of our students come from outside the UK. International pupils are part of the very fabric of Epsom and the student body consists of more than 30 nationalities including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Germany and Russia.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Jay Piggot BA MA PGCE (50s). Previously headmaster at alma mater Campbell College, Belfast between 2006 and 2012, and, before that, put in 17 years at Eton (clearly a hard place to leave) starting as assistant master in 1989 and becoming housemaster 10 years later. Not bad going given that it was only his second teaching job: his first, immediately after completing his MA in English Renaissance literature at Liverpool, was at Millfield, where he taught A level/Oxbridge English.

Career success undoubtedly assisted by personality and appearance - quietly dashing, though doesn’t overdo the leading man business. Gimlet vision, too - noticed and swiftly dealt with errant piece of rubbish, a very small plastic wrapper, only one in otherwise immaculate grounds.

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Special Education Needs

The philosophy of the Learning Support Department is that all pupils can improve and achieve given the appropriate support for their special educational need, (SEN). At Epsom College, qualified and experienced specialist teachers are able to provide for a wide variety of mild SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, AD(H)D and other behavioural, social and emotional needs. On average, 8% of pupils have individual support. Within the Learning Support Department is an English as an Additional Language, (EAL), section. On average, 9% of pupils have EAL. Many of these pupils take specialist EAL lessons instead of a Modern Language. Learning Support staff provide additional support for EAL pupils in English Literature. Private tuition is also available. The generic provision is one of personalised learning. Teaching programmes are customised and take various forms: literacy or spelling programmes for pupils with dyslexia; handwriting, touch-typing and organisational support for those with dyspraxia; support programmes for pupils with AD(H)D; exam and revision technique; study skills and time management. The SEN provision often includes a counselling element. The aim is to produce confident independent learners who can invoke learned strategies and techniques automatically across the curriculum. Integral to the practice is close liaison with parents, Housemasters/mistresses, tutors, subject staff, the Medical Centre and other agencies. The Department maintains an SEN Register of all pupils with special educational needs. This list includes a description of the need, and strategies for supporting the pupil in class. LS staff are able to provide more detailed advice to staff and parents, as required. Literacy screening of all pupils on entry ensures that no difficulty goes undetected. Appropriate action is taken if there is a cause for concern. All LS staff are qualified to administer specialist SpLD assessments to tertiary level. This includes testing for access arrangements for public examinations. Occasionally, a recommendation is made for more specialist input, for example, from an educational psychologist. Specialist intervention and tuition consists of 30 weekly lessons of 45 minutes. These lessons are always arranged in consultation with the pupil and are outside the academic timetable and extra-curricular activities. Other programmes of support are offered according to need and can last from 6 to 12 weeks. The cost of these extra lessons is billed at the end of term.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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