Wilson House was established in 1873 and is named after Sir Erasmus Wilson, who founded the Chair of Dermatology at the Royal College of Surgeons, although he is better known for paying for the removal of Cleopatra’s Needle from Alexandria and its epic transportation to the Embankment in London.
The House was originally founded as the Headmaster’s House and as such was the first to have its own separate identity. It is believed that parents of boarders used to pay extra to put their sons in Wilson under the beady eye of the Headmaster!
In 1996, it embarked upon a new adventure and became the first House at Epsom College to welcome girls from 13 through to 18.
Wilson is centrally located in the College grounds, close to academic buildings and with wonderful views over Wilson pitch and northwards to London on a clear day. The House occupies four floors and mixes tradition with modern facilities. Studies and brew rooms/bathrooms are on the top two floors, with a state-of-the-art modern kitchen, common room, TV/cinema room, snug and computer facilities on the ground floor and in the basement. It is one of the only Houses to retain a traditional library in the former study of the Headmaster.
Wilson is a boarding House where House spirit and loyalty are highly regarded. It is a community where all girls are valued as individuals and there is a strong sense of belonging.
Currently with 48 weekly/full boarding girls between 13 and 18, Wilson’s small size enhances a lively, close community, reminiscent of an extended family, where British and international girls mix widely across all year groups. Our current international family includes girls from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Russia, Spain and Korea. The “Buddy” and “Auntie” scheme is a great support to all those joining, especially for those previously unused to boarding.
All girls are also part of a mixed age group ‘family’ of 5-6 girls who spend time together throughout the year enjoying competitions and events and nurturing one another’s talents. Every year a new family member joins with one of the older girls stepping up to be the new family’s ‘head’.
There is no such thing as a typical Wilson girl and all are actively involved in some aspect of school life from ballet to girls’ rugby and cricket, singing in the Chapel Choir to performing in a musical ensemble, or simply striving to achieve the best they can academically. All talents are met with enthusiasm and supported by the House, girls and tutor team alike.
This sense of House spirit and unity is joyfully exercised in inter-house competitions and in the girls’ immense enjoyment of traditional House events such as pumpkin carving, baking competitions, movie nights and theatre trips. They thrive under challenge and excel in displaying a vibrant (if sometimes noisy) sense of fun!
Rebecca Wilson, Wilson Housemistress.
Teacher of Music, Rebecca Wilson, took over as Wilson Housemistress in January 2017. Rebecca holds an MA in Music with a Choral Scholarship and a PGCE, both from Cambridge University. Recently, she has been a Housemistress and Teacher of Music at Downe House School in Berkshire, where for seven years she was responsible for the academic and pastoral welfare of the 59 girls in her House and she effectively managed a team of Tutors and House staff.
Rebecca began her teaching career at The Bishop’s Stortford High School and, subsequently, she nurtured her early love of boarding in the roles of Resident Tutor and Assistant Housemistress at Haileybury and Imperial Service College.
Rebecca is an active musician, taking part in concerts and recording sessions as a double bassist and singer in a wide range of genres from film scores through to classical and jazz performances. She is a commissioned Pilot Officer in the RAF CCF and, recently, she was commissioned as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. Rebecca is married to Rory and they have two children, Fraser and Autumn.
Mrs Rebecca Wilson
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