The History Of Reed's School

Reed’s is a successful independent day and boarding school, providing an education for just under 800 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.


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 - 18 Jan
If you'd like to find out what happened at Reed's last Autumn Term take a look at our latest newsletter. From an enthralling play called 'Earthquakes in London' to finding out how we celebrated Black History Month there's plenty of interest to read! https://t.co/AYgQ1bCfpQ https://t.co/C4bP9BcS9m
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@ReedsSchool - 17 Jan
We have a number of exciting teaching positions available due to expansion or promotion. HEAD OF CHEMISTRY, HEAD OF PHYSICS, TEACHER OF ENGLISH & TEACHER OF PSYCHOLOGY. For more info: https://t.co/h83GZXPpBc. Postions close on 24th & 28th Jan 2022 https://t.co/F8SfKQTlMo
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 15 Jan
Sadly all matches are now off today as pitches remain frozen and we can’t build on great start to term . 🤞we are back in action next week https://t.co/8dZ488Exxr
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@ReedsSchool - 14 Jan
Huge congrats to Monty J in 2nd Form who's been offered a place in the GB climbing team! This gives him the opportunity to represent GB in European and International Competitions at youth level. Monty trains with the competition squad in Tolworth. https://t.co/YrQzZ0CAGX
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@ReedsSchool - 13 Jan
Well done Melchior 👏👏👏🌟
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 13 Jan
Many, many congratulations to Melchior D for his acceptance into Harvard!! A fantastic achievement after many years of hard work on court and in the classroom! Let’s have a great final six months at Reed’s! https://t.co/z71ZERRcZO
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@ReedsSchool - 13 Jan
New year, new chapter? If you're looking for a new job come & work at Reed's! A really friendly community & fantastic benefits. We need a Theatre Technical Manager, Swim Coach, Assistant Groundsperson & Assistant Gardener https://t.co/yZTbeldSdo https://t.co/pzYuqKXAWD
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@ReedsSchool - 13 Jan
What an amazing opportunity! https://t.co/CvahzsezNY
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@ReedsSchool - 7 Jan
There are plenty of events to look forward to in at Reed's. From a Careers Seminar in Law, a Drama production of 'The Monster that ate 3B' to an Affordable Art Fair & a gala Music concert at there's something for everyone! https://t.co/2jmE8oS822
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Old Reedonians - 6 Jan
There's something in this image that seems to resonate! As pupils return tomorrow & we all take a leap of faith into 2022, we'd like to wish our & wider community, a safe & healthy start, with not too many twists & turns in the year. https://t.co/G8jCkIvz7X
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Surrey.Tennis - 30 Dec
A great end to the year for Surrey's Liam Channon with a 16U G3 win 💪 Nice one Liam!! https://t.co/2gUg7rIkY3
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Old Reedonians - 21 Dec
As promised here's the result of 2019 v 2020 match which took place on the new astro at . 3-2 to 2019 ORs (enough said!). Thks to umpires Edo, Garrard & Norms, ORs, current & former parents for making it such a special event https://t.co/cnZgmFf6kL
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@ReedsSchool - 20 Dec
It's a pleasure so glad we could help out. And we LOVE the Santa suit! 🎅
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@ReedsSchool - 14 Dec
90 runners took part in our in Cobham. It was fantastic to see so many festively dressed pupils, parents, staff & dogs out taking part. All funds raised support to help seriously ill children and families this Christmas. https://t.co/iifFbymJPL
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@ReedsSchool - 10 Dec
A pleasure! Thank you for your insights.
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@ReedsSchool - 9 Dec
4th Form Biologists attended a symposium on the Heart & Circulatory system today which took them from vessels to first aid & heart health, to blood & clotting then on an augmented reality walk through of a circulation. Pupils showed a great amount of engagement. https://t.co/ylDYoTyQnT
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@ReedsSchool - 9 Dec
Huge congrats to Toby Matthews, L6 Music Scholar, who has just won a place at The Junior Department of the of Music - one of the countries leading conservatoires which boasts alumni such as Sir James Galway and Sir Bryn Terfel CBE! https://t.co/3ukqGLJ5is
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@ReedsSchool - 9 Dec
What a super photo of your little angels! 😇 https://t.co/HqirJJmmUY
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@ReedsSchool - 6 Dec
There's a spectacular sunset over Bigside this evening! Looking through the rose garden. https://t.co/E9TTwfGoGQ
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 5 Dec
Mr Buckingham & Mr Edwards modelling the new hats yesterday. Hats are now available in the shop & make a great Christmas present & support a great charity. Get yours this week https://t.co/bVtFPRaSi9
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