Emma Pattison was found dead at her home in the grounds of Epsom College, along with her husband George, 39, and their seven-year-old daughter Lettie.
Their deaths shocked the prestigious independent school and the wider community in the Surrey town.
Who was Emma Pattison?
Mrs. Pattison He became head of Epsom College in September 2022 after previously being head of Croydon High School for six years.
She was the first woman to head the school, currently Independent School of the Year, according to its website.
On her appointment, Mr Pattison said: “I am honored and humbled to be appointed head of Epsom College.
“It is a school that I have long admired, with an enviable reputation, and George and George can’t wait to meet the students, parents and staff and become part of this wonderful community.
“We intend to make our home and school just as welcoming in the coming months and years.”
Her husband George was a chartered accountant who was a director of a management consultancy firm called Tanglewood 2016, according to Companies House.
Discussing how the move went in a podcast, Mrs Pattison said: “It’s a big change for my family. So obviously we moved house.
“We’ve bought a dog. I have a new job, my husband has a new job that wasn’t meant to happen, but he did and my daughter has started a new school. So we’ve had a lot of changes because family but it was great.”
The school was founded in 1855 and currently has over 850 students attending it.
It offers day education and boarding school for girls and boys aged 11-18.
Fees for residential students are over £42,000 a year and the active head is listed as Paul Williams.
The college was named Independent School of the Year in October 2022 and its website lists its values as kindness, ambition and integrity.
Its alumni include Conservative MP Sir Michael Fallon, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and comedian Tim Vine.
In a statement the school said: “It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the death of Emma Pattison, head of Epsom College, her daughter Lettie, and her husband George.
“Our thoughts, condolences and sympathies are with their families at this tragic time.”
What have the police said?
The police said that the next of kin of the family have been informed and that they are receiving support from specialist officers while an investigation is underway to find out the circumstances of their deaths.
Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey said: “On behalf of Surrey Police, my team, and myself, I would first like to express my sincere condolences to the friends and family of Emma, Lettie and George, as well as the sons Epsom students and staff. College, for their tragic loss.
“I would like to give my assurance that we will carry out a thorough investigation into what happened last night, and I hope that we will be able to bring some peace in these traumatic circumstances. I would ask that their privacy be respected at this very moment this is difficult.”