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 Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 15 Oct
Congrats to Louis & Lloyd who won the Surrey U17 Junior Badminton tournament last week . Brilliant effort & shows hard work pays off as the Badminton goes from strength to strength https://t.co/5umfaAOyrE
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Hockey - 15 Oct
Another Tuesday another early morning for junior development group with with this weeks theme on shooting. 3 stations & 3 different skills https://t.co/6Afu6ItjxY
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Momentum Charity - 15 Oct
Good luck to Mullens House in the Charity Revue tonight. Thank you so much for your support & we hope everyone has a good time!😀😀
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 14 Oct
Our Fourth Form ended the day with William Blake . A fantastic silver day! https://t.co/kC7qZzBzb0
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 14 Oct
As preparations continue for our forthcoming tour - its all about the stash! Exciting times for our girls as we prepare for Dubai https://t.co/3r5MYQgubP
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 14 Oct
Silver Day begins at the Antony Gormley Exhibition . Lots of fantastic sketch and written responses for the fourth form. https://t.co/7qGIi3TiOV
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 13 Oct
So proud of the drama students at the Woking Drama Festival tonight. Positive feedback from the adjudicator has us crossing our fingers from next week’s awards night. https://t.co/avr7Y2jGUA
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 12 Oct
Less than an hour to go until the Lower Sixth Drama students perform at the Woking Drama Festival! https://t.co/GpdzkIo0UP
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool - 12 Oct
Well done to the U16s in their game this morning against St George’s where both sides played some great rugby. A really competitive game with Reed’s coming out on top in the end 24-5 https://t.co/m8GcjWz7qW
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool - 12 Oct
Despite the torrential rain it was a great evening of rugby at Cobham RFC last night on the 4G pitch under floodlights. Well done to all the pupils and spectators! St George’s winning the 2nd team game and Reed’s winners in the 1st team clash https://t.co/j1LzGnrktn
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 12 Oct
Good luck to current player Conor & his U21 team who begin their Sultan of Johor campaign out in Malaysia this weekend. Everyone is incredibly proud of you https://t.co/TcSvfhCfRW
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 11 Oct
Last moment of the tour with the 3rd form conducting a service of remembrance in front of Henry Clifford Wey’s name on the wall of Tyne Cot Cemetery. ‘Lost in war but always remembered by your Reed’s family.’ https://t.co/69B1YMZtxE
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 11 Oct
Day 2 and the 3rd form of are already at our second stand of the day having seen the OR plaque in St George’s church. https://t.co/mEGpCb4SOB
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 11 Oct
Our final block, in a very busy half term, is against and Best of luck to all and build on the platforms set last week. https://t.co/9dJsiiTMsg
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 10 Oct
Battlefields Tour from ⁦⁩ enjoying mixed weather but wildly different and up front experiences of WWI history. https://t.co/dz0K2yAnFV
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 10 Oct
From Vimy Ridge to the Menin Gate ceremony. A packed first day with 3rd form and a great ending. https://t.co/lYrD5AqL5C
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 9 Oct
We're seeking a great Events & Outreach Manager to cover a five month period of paternity leave. The role-holder will primarily be responsible for managing Dev Office events & running Outreach activities. Closing date: 23/10/2019. Visit: https://t.co/lx6v8rWoMh https://t.co/ucuzKE3yrn
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 9 Oct
Brilliant article in the latest edition of the magazine on one of our 6th formers Emma. Shows how she has demonstrated one of the of to get to back to Performance level. 👏well done from all https://t.co/qtb7dmfvUd
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted PGS Music Dept - 8 Oct
thank you for a warm welcome and for a fantastic evening with your talented musicians at your house music this evening. A real privilege to judge this with you. Congratulations to all performers!
View Tweet
@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 8 Oct
GCSE Drama students from saw ‘Master Harold...and the boys’ at . A perfect discussion point for https://t.co/BFuqGV0OKQ
View Tweet
View All Stories
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×