Crawfurd has been a girls’ house since 2002. It is named after a former Dean of the Medical Department of King’s College, Sir Raymond Henry Payne Crawfurd, who joined the Council of Epsom College in 1915. Situated at the southern end of the terrace of what were originally almshouses overlooking the College lawns, the House occupies rooms on three floors in accommodation that elegantly combines the brand new and purpose-built with some of the College’s oldest buildings.
Leah Skipper, Housemistress
I joined Epsom College as Housemistress of Crawfurd House in September 2017. I absolutely love being a Housemistress – it’s the most amazing job in the world!
I am so lucky to live with nearly 60 teenagers whose lives are just beginning and who enjoy taking risks and experiencing new things. Every day is different and I love spending time with the girls; getting to hear their perspective on life and also talking through challenges.
Clichéd as it might sound, watching them grown up and turn into young adults is a real privilege.
I really enjoy the larger events like Choral Competition and Soirée as it’s so great to get to know the parents better too – we do try to be a real family here.
I have a degree in French and Hispanic Studies from Queen Mary College at the University of London, so it won’t be a huge surprise to learn that I teach French and Spanish at Epsom. I’m also very busy outside of the classroom.. Sport is a real passion of mine, and I coach hockey, netball and rounders.
I am married to Grant, and have two daughters: Esme and Eloise. They’re at school locally. Grant is not a teacher, he works in London and is often to be found in the garden at the weekends, although his real passion is watching rugby. We all live in Crawfurd with Enzo, our enormous and very affectionate Bernese Mountain Dog. Enzo tries to spend as much time as possible with the girls in the House, in fact he misses them enormously during the holidays and is often found nose to the office door just in case they return!
Outside of school life, I enjoy skiing and holidays in France and Spain. We particularly love Chamonix and the Mont Blanc valley; where we enjoy paddleboarding and a bit of climbing.
Jill Ballinger, Matron
I have worked at Epsom College for 15 years. I became Matron of Crawfurd in 2007 and have never looked back.
My job is very rewarding. What I like best is the girls’ energy and their smiles. I enjoy getting to know them, watching them grow and mature into lovely young ladies. There is never a dull moment. It is wonderful seeing them in their ballgowns, looking happy and radiant before the Leaver’s Ball as they leave Crawfurd for the last time.
Crawfurd is a busy, vibrant house. The girls are very supportive of each other and become firm friends. These friendships last beyond Epsom College and for many years to come.