Murrell, the newest House at Epsom College, opened its doors for the first time in September 2017. The House is named in honour of one of Epsom’s pioneering female figureheads: Dr Christine Murrell. Dr Murrell represented the Medical Women’s Federation at the first Epsom College Conjoint Committee meeting in 1932. She was the first woman to be elected to the council of the British Medical Association.
Lynsey Buhagiar, Housemistress
I have been Housemistress of Murrell House since 2019 and it has very quickly become my ‘home from home’. The Murrell community is so friendly and welcoming, it is truly a family atmosphere for all members of the House. I joined Epsom College from Box Hill School where I was Director of Wellbeing.
I spent my school years at Millfield School and then went onto London Studio Centre to train as a professional dancer, gaining a BA(Hons) in Theatre Dance from the University of the Arts London, later completing my teacher training at Beechwood Park School.
Dance and drama are my passions and I still maintain close links with the performing arts industry. I teach Dance and Drama at the College and enjoy choreographing the College musicals and running the Epsom College Dance Company.
One of my favourite parts of my role is encouraging and supporting the Murrell girls as they get involved in the many opportunities available for them, from watching sports fixtures, listening to concerts and attending academic society presentations. I’m married to Alex, who has been teaching at Epsom since September 2017 as Head of PE and Head of Activities and is taking the role of Housemaster of Propert from September 2021. We enjoy staying active – running and hiking as much as possible in our free time, as well as skiing whenever we are able. I have even started learning how to play golf – although I am certainly still a beginner!
Helen Woodward, Matron
I have worked at Epsom College since 2016 and have been the Matron of Murrell House since 2018. Murrell is a warm, caring and nurturing House and its location on the hill helps to make it feel like a ‘home’ rather than part of a school – I love being part of the Murrell community!
In my spare time I love doing craft and recycling activities as well as gardening, volunteering for the community and spending time with my cats!