History-of-Reed's-School

The History Of Reed's School

Reed’s is a successful independent day and boarding school, providing an education for around 730 pupils between 11 and 18, with girls in the Sixth Form.  The charitable Foundation remains an integral part of our ethos today, instilling in our pupils – past and present – many important values including respect, integrity, kindness and compassion.

The Reed’s Foundation was established in 1813 by the Rev Dr Andrew Reed.  With financial support from the City of London and other dignitaries, Rev Reed founded the London Orphan Asylum in Shoreditch.  Its raison d’être was to care and provide an education for destitute children, boys and girls, who had lost both parents or their father, with the mother unable to provide for them.

Based in Clapton from 1825, in 1871 the school moved to Watford. Just prior to the start of World War II it was renamed Reed’s School and the boys were evacuated to Totnes in Devon - girls to Towcester in Northamptonshire. After the War in 1946, the girls moved to a separate school, Dogmersfield in Hampshire, and the boys took up residency at our current site in Cobham, Surrey.

All through this time, Reed’s was a boarding Foundation School where all of the pupils were funded on bursaries with support mainly provided by companies within the City of London. However, after 1958, for financial reasons and to enable the work of the Foundation to continue, the School expanded to take fee-paying boarders and, in the mid 1960s, day pupils.

Read more about the Foundation

Royal Patronage

In 1815 HM King George IV ‘accorded his blessing’ by becoming the first Royal Patron of the School, a tradition which is continued today with the Patronage of Reed’s School by HM The Queen, Elizabeth II.

ROYAL PATRONS SINCE 1815

1815    Edward, Duke of Kent
1817    Augustus, Duke of Sussex
1819    Victoria, Duchess of Kent
1819    King Leopold I of Belgium
1821    The King of Hanover
1822    Frederick, Duke of York
1823    King George IV
1826    Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
1826    King William IV
1837    Queen Victoria
1843    The Prince Consort
1856    King Edward VII
1870    Queen Alexandra
1910    King George V
1936    King George VI
1951    Queen Elizabeth II

Reed's In The News

@ReedsSchool - 30 Sep
Blended learning at Reed's means no one misses out on their education. Here, Will is taking Harry through an experiment using maggots in Biology - making sure Harry enjoyed it as much as he did! is available to all pupils at home, irrelevant of the reason. https://t.co/PEcNnUi0hg
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Sep
🎨today spotlights the amazing work of Art teacher, Mr Farmer. He's pictured here in the Art dept during the summer holidays. His painting 'Across the Heath' (3rd image) will be a familiar sight as it depicts the view as you drive into the school! https://t.co/PHdlzs5YTx
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@ReedsSchool - 29 Sep
🎨 Second Form pupils were inspired in their Art lesson by the work of Kate Malone, one of the UK's leading ceramic artists, by capturing the colour of her glazes using coloured pencils and water wash. Some beautiful interpretations were produced! https://t.co/K6wj1G9LIv
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 29 Sep
'A Life On Our Planet' & Sir David's heart-rendering 'witness statement' is a film we & need to see. When you do check the credits Keith Scholey (Br75), visionary director https://t.co/mTDFqQuBZY
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@ReedsSchool - 28 Sep
🎨In the Fine Art studio Sixth Form artists are concentrating hard on their A level work. We offer A levels in Fine Art and Graphic Design as well as AS level Photography. Results year-on-year are excellent for all of these Art subjects! https://t.co/YpMeeXUesj
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@ReedsSchool - 28 Sep
Continuing our 🎨with a spotlight on our talented Art Technician, Miss Percival. With a BA Hons in textile design she has a passion for and loves helping pupils at Reed's with their ceramics. Here's some of her own inspiring work! https://t.co/PtgOxsxeqo
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 25 Sep
It's been lovely to talk to families this week regarding Foundation places for girls sixth form entry for September 2021 to . If you are unsure of the criteria or need some help completing the application form, please do get in touch. https://t.co/DRMu4Hw6Jx
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's MFL Dept - 25 Sep
Enjoying European Day of Languages by learning how to dance flamenco https://t.co/0Grw2ICjC7
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's MFL Dept - 25 Sep
2nd Form Hispanists enjoy dancing during their language lessons this afternoon https://t.co/s9RIxMWKHX
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's MFL Dept - 25 Sep
Sixth Form students enjoyed a session of Escape rooms in French and Spanish today https://t.co/ZZnKauuJhf
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Sep
This morning pupils were working on their GCSE Art Workbooks which will form the basis of their exam result. Given the theme of 'Space' a huge variety of mediums were being used by pupils making their own interpretation of the theme. 🎨 https://t.co/wg1rVahBK1
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@ReedsSchool - 24 Sep
Some intrepid Sixth Form Graphics students visited to find inspiration amongst the stunning plants and designs at this stimulating venue. They were drawing and developing photography skills for their coursework this year. https://t.co/zvdVGYjAHx
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@ReedsSchool - 24 Sep
Shoutout to our Head of Art, Miss Johnson, whose gorgeous lino print of has been featured in the National Trust's Autumn Magazine. 🎨 #1 https://t.co/VdySZqblfw
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@ReedsSchool - 23 Sep
Apologies, the album is being released on Friday 25th September!
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@ReedsSchool - 23 Sep
Plus SARCA have their own online store https://t.co/QaUDDB6Yui where you can purchase merchandise with 10% of earnings donated to The Township Foundation, a South African charity helping children living in poverty.
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@ReedsSchool - 23 Sep
News U6 band SARCA released their debut album today! Warning Shot is made up of 11 incredible songs written during lockdown by Amani, Joe & Eddie. Featuring songs such as 'The Theorist' &'Lions Call' you can listen by searching SARCA in your steaming service https://t.co/ei2GmHeEJw
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@ReedsSchool - 19 Sep
Wonderful to be back playing cricket at Reed’s - this week against Hampton. Excellent sportsmanship from both sides as ever. https://t.co/N1cpGhfTqQ
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Cricket - 19 Sep
Fantastic for the boys to be back playing competitive cricket at U18 through to U14 https://t.co/5S0iEtHxcX
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 19 Sep
Saturday 19th September sees our Rugby Development Day # 3. Small sided games, introduction to contact and core skill development. Please help the day run smoothly by following the guidance. 👏 🏉U14: 08.30 - 10.00 🏉U16: 10.15 - 11.45 🏉U18: 12.00 - 1.30 https://t.co/I3WCaOzl1C
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed’s School Digital Teaching and Learning - 19 Sep
Blended learning more than enough room for exercise books, pens and iPads. https://t.co/cB2CWapAx1
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