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

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@ReedsSchool - 21 Nov
We need a well-qualified teacher of Philosophy & Religion to join an energetic and thriving department. Teaching GCSE & A level you will need to be an enthusiastic contributor to the team! Visit https://t.co/V4blmnnkV7 to find out more. Applications close on 2nd December 2019. https://t.co/iC0s5qeKIR
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@ReedsSchool - 21 Nov
Don't forget our fantastic CHRISTMAS FAIR is TOMORROW at noon. There are plenty of stalls to kick-start (or finish) your , the infamous Christmas Cafe with yummy home-baked cakes, a raffle, the tombola & live music to get you in the mood! All welcome https://t.co/Mt5cqS92CG
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 21 Nov
Proud of my 1stF Computer Science class taking apart (& reassembling!) computers for themselves They saw the hardware that runs the software that they use everyday. Now, about those 3 left over screws... (thanks Sam & Rishi for the pics) https://t.co/QRqczkJEIr
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Amanda Trehearn - 20 Nov
Fascinating cross-curricular theatre trip with to God's Dice . Incredibly thought provoking and entertaining viewing for 8 of our L6th students.
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@ReedsSchool - 20 Nov
Many congratulations to our Patron, HM The Queen on her & the Duke of Edinburgh's 72nd . Our Royal Bursary was established to commemorate their marriage in 1947 and continues to realise the potential of disadvantaged children at Reed's to this day! https://t.co/l766uex2rt
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 20 Nov
Thank you to for making the journey today. A very competitive game and congratulations to the Reed’s girls for winning 2-0 in our national plate game #discipline#thisgirlcan. https://t.co/5x7g1oUtWU
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Ben Edwards - 19 Nov
Best performance of the season. Proud of their dedication & development. https://t.co/82o9VU6nK8
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Nov
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.... So make sure you come to our fabulous Christmas Fair this FRIDAY 22nd NOV from 12 noon at Reed's School. There will be plenty of stalls selling unusual gifts plus the Christmas Cafe, a raffle, tombola & more. All welcome! https://t.co/xtEvQtuWU9
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Nov
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Ski Racing - 18 Nov
Super effort from all our racers at the British Schools’ Champs today. Boys A complete a hat-trick of titles this year with boys B and girls missing out on medals by the smallest of margins. Adam, Ben and Rebecca all pick up individual medals. Great season- bring on the snow! https://t.co/lRBoR8CU3J
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@ReedsSchool - 17 Nov
It’s a pleasure we love giving your pupils the opportunity to come here & extend their learning. We’ve just been shortlisted for TES Independent-State School Partnership Award so thank you for your help in achieving that accolade. We couldn’t do it without you! https://t.co/23WN1ZhqyC
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 17 Nov
Massive thanks to for some great games today for . Great to see so many pupils active & playing for
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Ski Racing - 17 Nov
British Champs inspection time. Some serious competition here!! Good luck to the teams. Dry for now in Stoke! https://t.co/ECl6QMbrxc
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 17 Nov
This weekend has qualified for 2 national finals, are in British finals, swimmers swam in national finals & over half the school have played in regular fixtures for
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@ReedsSchool - 16 Nov
Support one of Andrew Reed’s other charities, the Royal Hospital for Neurological-disability by attending their wonderful Carol Service on 5th December. We agree it sounds like a real ‘cracker’ - what a lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit! https://t.co/oL4T8FtEaN
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Nov
Look who’s on the Andrew Reed Lecture screen now! Co-founder & Keith Scholey with Sir David Attenborough
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Nov
What a slide to start the Andrew Reed Lecture! Keith Scholey kicks off this annual event. Excited to hear more about ‘Our Planet, Our Responsibility’... https://t.co/RUty4iLhCE
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Cobham - 15 Nov
Headmaster welcomes guests to the 2019 Andrew Reed Lecture at https://t.co/71dI3b5KCP
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Nov
Headmaster welcomes guests to the 2019 Andrew Reed Lecture at https://t.co/71dI3b5KCP
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