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 - 28 Nov
It’s a pleasure to be able to put smiles on the children’s faces! Thank you to all those who support so that we can offer these opportunities. https://t.co/siMYppI20C
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Cricket - 28 Nov
Very proud to once more be listed as one of the top 100 senior schools in The Cricketer's Annual Schools Guide for cricket. Fantastic accolade for our pupils and excellent coaches. Fingers crossed for a cricket season in 2021! https://t.co/maGhxlVTXF
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Nov
Huge congrats to the six 6th Form students who gained gold certificates in the Senior Maths Challenge and also qualified for the Senior Maths Kangaroo follow-on round: Special mention to Ian who qualified for the 1st round of the British Mathematical Olympiad! https://t.co/xynopeSRsi
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 27 Nov
Today's the day - booking details for the film are here: https://t.co/MtrKgORVRG It will be available to watch for one week only from 7pm on Thursday 10th December with all money raised being donated to
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Nov
Today would have been our Founder's Birthday! Andrew Reed was a visionary who knew that a good education could provide children with the means to achieve in life & give back to others. He founded 3 schools, one of which is now Reed's School. https://t.co/7rTbxklPnk
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Nov
Many of speakers said that Reed’s encouraged them to come out of their shell and gave them the skills they needed to work in such sociable industries. A lovely testimonial!
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Nov
Our Virtual FutureCareers Seminar on careers in Drama & Media last night gave full insight into the possibilities that an education in these areas could lead to. From a former Chair of to an expert in online sports streaming our OR expert speakers covered the full range. https://t.co/L0hbga6lqB
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Nov
With only 30 shopping days left until please consider supporting by nominating them as your Charity on . A 0.5% donation on every purchase will put a SMILE on everyone's faces! Search for The London Orphan Asylum (Reed's School) https://t.co/7ymx34WFoe
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Nov
you might be interested in this! https://t.co/G7OQsgL3xb
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Nov
Sounds fascinating we'd love to get hold of a copy! https://t.co/982bUJ2QBM
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 25 Nov
Loads of prizes on offer this afternoon. Many thanks to for their generosity in supporting the girls hockey Choughs Cup. Final rounds today in what has been a brilliant tournament https://t.co/43CRm8ahQY
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 25 Nov
Angry skies at the start of Choughs Cup 2nd round but soon cleared and allowed excellent rugby to be played. U14’s tomorrow to finish the round. https://t.co/j9wTI5XfeD
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@ReedsSchool - 23 Nov
From Christmas Fairs past to Christmas Fairs present - visit the Friends of Reed's VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR for a wonderful selection of presents from local & Independent shops. Visit the website: https://t.co/NGpU6Ryxt7 ENDS TUES 24th NOV at MIDNIGHT! https://t.co/fyxKC89kPL
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@ReedsSchool - 23 Nov
Thank you so much for your support of our Foundation https://t.co/ukk94dCjpr
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@ReedsSchool - 21 Nov
Really looking forward to seeing this
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 21 Nov
And that’s a wrap for today’s shooting of the film of ‘Monkey Bars’. Details for the live premiere coming next week. https://t.co/tvfd9Y0tcj
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@ReedsSchool - 21 Nov
Thank you so glad you enjoyed the concert!
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Julie Greenwood - 21 Nov
Well done and thank you to all the students and staff for a fantastic Autumn Concert last night. Your virtual audience really appreciated the efforts of all who made it happen 👏👏👏 https://t.co/xElBcDnsWQ
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@ReedsSchool - 20 Nov
It's finally open! The Friends of Reed's VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR is now on until Tues 24th Nov. Nearly 100 stalls - many offering a 10% discount; please support the school and local/independent businesses. To get your Christmas shopping inspiration visit https://t.co/Iwbq4vI0EK https://t.co/pW0IzYoVva
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@ReedsSchool - 19 Nov
The Epicureans Soc attended an interesting talk on the treatment of cancer & were intrigued to find that they'd already been taught the basics needed to attack cancer in Biology. An AR simulation of a cancerous lung was projected live into the classroom too! https://t.co/i3lpRnwazl
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