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.


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 School Ski Racing - 27 Jan
Super performances from the boys in the GS race today. Adam and Ben on top form for the U18 team whilst Matthew, Tobi and Cameron challenged the best of the U16s. Tricky for everyone on the Lauberhorn- great to see the rookies step up and show their potential. Slalom tmrw https://t.co/Qb9tRmFLPL
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 27 Jan
2nd place to Reed’s in a very tight parallel slalom best of 3. Well done girls https://t.co/NbSbzEZKfm
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 27 Jan
Excellent day all round for the girls at the https://t.co/pQk8QDPD3L
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 27 Jan
Good luck to our girls ski race team in Flaine today. ⛷ https://t.co/P9ZrjdCTTk
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted ReedsFORS - 26 Jan
Pew, Pew, Barney Mcgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb. No it's not time for Trumpton, but it is time to show you these 3 beautiful antique pews which means the choir (between 80 and 96 this year) has 16 more places. We like to keep happy https://t.co/MxbFug4j3x
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 26 Jan
It’s performance week for the main production of ‘Chariots of Fire’. Time to rig some lights! Tickets available at: https://t.co/0bL1NxA0xZ https://t.co/18jmkOA3P0
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 26 Jan
Slalom practice this morning ready for races tomorrow https://t.co/ul9ogIvrC0
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted @ReedsEnglish - 25 Jan
Great day of debating hosted by the Oxford Union. Strong arguments from all of the boys in some fierce but friendly debates. https://t.co/lX2zBY2T4N
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 25 Jan
A great mornings training for the ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ahead of the races this week ⁦ https://t.co/Lu8ioNotfR
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted R K Signature Living - 24 Jan
It’s was great to be involved and inspire the next generation. Well done 👏🏼 https://t.co/92twGNa5O4
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@ReedsSchool - 24 Jan
Thrilled that 2 students, Chloe and Ella, were awarded 1st and 3rd prizes in the Erasmus Essay Prize at the prize giving recently! Each year, the best and brightest philosophical minds from a range of independent schools enter this prestigious competition https://t.co/Cgst5N3Ph8
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@ReedsSchool - 24 Jan
Artist, Adam Green, gave our GCSE & A Level students a presentation about his recently-completed MA in Fine Art - an immersive installation featuring a nightclub set in the future. It gave them a real insight into the process of creating original art https://t.co/GnLRrGMIsg
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@ReedsSchool - 24 Jan
Fantastic charity support here today with a mufti day for one of our Founder's other charities - Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability together with a very popular cake sale for Blathywayt's house charity https://t.co/pSAlpFE63P
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@ReedsSchool - 24 Jan
Two new twitter accounts have recently joined the Reed's family - please follow them for news from our Economics & Business Department as well as our fantastic CPHSE programme Other department accounts: https://t.co/Au9WAH45uy
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted 7billionideas - 24 Jan
Thank you to for having us! We are very excited to have launched Reeds Business Diploma 2020 this morning. See you in March! https://t.co/pptReXrtKc
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@ReedsSchool - 23 Jan
Looking forward to a very interesting evening hearing from ORs covering different aspects of the property market as part of our FutureCsreers series https://t.co/bzztzzxi2F
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Jan
GCSE Geographers enjoyed collecting data using their iPads in . They conducted surveys, assessed environmental quality and took photos in locations such as West Quay shopping centre and St Mary’s football stadium. https://t.co/H3X5j6RekV
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted ReedsFORS - 22 Jan
Help FORS raise money every time you shop! Just to make that clear it's 🌟FREE MONEY!!!!🌟It costs you absolute nothing...nada...so please raise donations with by signing up here https://t.co/VskgIWilkp Thank you 🙏🏻
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@ReedsSchool - 21 Jan
We are looking to recruit a qualified and enthusiastic teacher to teach in our large and very successful department at Reed's. We are well known for our innovative approach to STEM learning. For more info: https://t.co/OKcpIyAwQm CLOSING DATE: Weds 5th February 2020 https://t.co/Frxp5OPIXh
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@ReedsSchool - 20 Jan
Congratulations to the Music Department and the Third Form pupils for a splendid David Bowie tribute this evening. https://t.co/zq79bh2Rrg
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