Propert is named after the founder of Epsom College, Dr John Propert, and was established in 1883 as one of the School’s original Houses, along with Forest, Fayrer, Granville (then Gilchrist), Wilson (then a boys’ boarding House) and Carr. The House is situated within the main school building, right at the heart of the College. It is on the second floor of the main building, and is accessed via the stairs in main reception.


Alex Buhagiar, Housemaster

I am new to Propert, and start as the Housemaster in September 2021. I joined Epsom in September 2017 as Head of Physical Education and Head of Activities from the City of London Freemen’s School where I was Head of Fifth Form, Head of Cricket and a Boarding House Tutor.

My aim is to build on the culture of inclusivity, kindness and respect in the House.

I am a graduate of the University of Portsmouth, and am completing an MEd in Educational Leadership and Management with the University of Bath (where I also completed my PGCE in Physical Education).

As you would expect, I’m a passionate all-round sportsman, involved with coaching rugby, football, cricket, and swimming at Epsom. I’m a capable skier and certified Divemaster scuba diver.

Outside of the College, I coach rugby as part of Harlequins RFC Academy, and in recent years have led the Surrey U16 county programme. As well as my love of sport, I have a passion for theatre, travelling and food.

I am married to Lynsey, who is Housemistress of Murrell House.

Dawn Bliss, Matron

I have worked at Epsom College since 2017. Initially I worked in one of the boarding houses and I became Matron in Propert House in 2019. I love spending time with the Propert boys every day and chatting about their lives – the House has a lovely friendly, welcoming feel to it, we are like one big family!

I have three grown-up children and am about to become a grandmother for the first time, so life is about to become even busier for me! I love reading and walking our beagle, Lotty, and recently I started baking cakes – lemon drizzle is now a family favourite!

Max McKinlay, Head of House

My name is Max McKinlay, Head of Propert, and I study French, Latin, and Religious Studies at A-level. I am hoping to go on to study Philosophy and Theology at university next year, and have been heavily involved in the Philosophy Society at Epsom.

I am part of the army section in the CCF which I love – and am also doing a lot of work for the PSD peer mentoring scheme, which gives me the opportunity to help take responsibility for the wellbeing of our younger pupils.

Also an avid sportsman, I hope to represent the 1st XV at Rugby in my U6 year after having my L6th year ruled out through injury.

Alex Buhagiar

Dawn Bliss