The next Head of Epsom College will be Mark Lascelles who will assume the role in September 2024.
54-year-old Mark has spent 12 years as Head of Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire.
Mark says: “I had not been looking for a move, however the opportunity of leading Epsom is too tempting to pass up,” Mark says. “It is a school I have admired from a distance for a long time, and the more I discovered the keener I became to take on this role.”
Prior to Dauntsey’s, Mark spent three years at The King’s School, Canterbury, two as Lower Master and one as the Acting Head; and 17 years at Shrewsbury School as Teacher of Geography, Coach for the 1st Football, Cricket and Fives teams, and a much-respected Boarding Housemaster.
“We are delighted to announce Mark’s appointment,” says Alex Russell, Chair of the Board of Governors at Epsom.
“The search for a new Head started in earnest in the summer and we saw an exceptional calibre of candidates. Heads from some of the UK’s leading schools stepped forward, each with a bold and persuasive vision of Epsom’s future. The Board of Governors and members of Council conducted a rigorous selection process and ultimately, Mark proved to be the strongest candidate. He is our unanimous choice. From the very start Mark impressed and as the process moved on he got stronger, pulling away from a formidable pack.”
Mark will liaise with current Head Sir Anthony Seldon, and Second Master Paul Williams, to ensure a seamless transition.
Former Head, 45 year old Emma Pattison, was killed after being shot in the school grounds where she lived in February.
Her seven-year-old daughter Lettie was also killed.
Police believe they were killed by Mrs Pattison’s 39 year old husband George, who then turned the gun on himself.