Epsom College has a proud history. It was founded in 1855 and granted royal patronage by Her Majesty Queen Victoria in the same year. Today it has Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as its patron.
Epsom was borne of one man’s desire to improve the lives of those who had fallen on hard times. Dr John Propert pursued this goal tirelessly, providing the orphans of medical families with free housing, clothing and schooling.
Thanks to the visionary work of Dr Propert, vital funds were raised and the College began life as The Royal Medical Benevolent College.
The Royal Medical Foundation
The Royal Medical Foundation, based at the College, continues to play an active part in school life. The charitable foundation was built through generosity and a dedication to improving the lives of the individual and society, values which remain at the heart of the College today.
Built in 1857, the Chapel of St Luke stands at the heart of the College estate and is a physical reflection of the school’s Christian heritage. Embracing diversity, the College community now includes pupils and staff of many different faiths and beliefs.
The College has been co-educational for more than 40 years, with girls first welcomed to the College in 1976.
Since the opening of the Lower School in 2016, Years 7 and 8 number slightly more girls than boys, something of which we are immensely proud.
The future, The Mermaid
As we look forward to the type of education required to equip pupils for life in the 21st century, the College needs to adapt, expand and meet those needs head-on. With this in mind, work begins on The Mermaid in 2020.
The Mermaid is our ambitious £9.4million centre to transform the educational experience of its pupils, with particular focus on the Sixth Form.
Located at the heart of the campus, and spread over 2,000sqm, the new building will equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st Century. The new facility and the additional support it provides will foster a seamless transition into undergraduate life.
To order the History of Epsom College: Benevolence and Excellence, written by historian Alan Scadding, please call the College Store on 01372 821122.