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 - 23 Oct
our next Careers Fair isn’t until 2021 but you’re welcome to contact our Head of Careers in the meantime. Sarah Butler sbutler.surrey.sch.uk. Note we are on half term at the moment.
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's MFL Dept - 22 Oct
Another exciting day in the south of France, exploring Avignon and Gordes (once voted ‘Most Beautiful Village in France’)! The boys now enjoying a well-earned rest with a private screening of Tintin https://t.co/Q70gzLztiM
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Science Dept. - 22 Oct
Congratulations to our winning group and their fabulous rendition of Ode to Joy- having calculated all the frequencies independently! Sounds brilliant. https://t.co/Dxz4H1WeS9
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 22 Oct
How much can you fit into a day in Dubai? Cricket match no 2. Wickets for Alice, Sophia, Chloe and Lauren. The beach, and an inspirational meet and greet by England’s youngest cricket player @ just 15. A dance fit session for https://t.co/m4n95tc0T5
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Science Dept. - 22 Oct
Massive thanks to from for kicking off our outreach day with an inspiring talk on the future careers available to those taking Computer Science & Physics at A-level and Uni https://t.co/fijuKXjhtC
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Science Dept. - 22 Oct
A musical afternoon at our Physics and Computer Science outreach day, recreating the Ode to Joy on Sonometers. https://t.co/vFt3kjmUuj
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Science Dept. - 22 Oct
Fantastic morning so far at our Physics and Computer Science outreach day, encouraging more girls to take these brilliant subjects at A-Level. Huge thanks to and for helping to put it together. https://t.co/obve560BBD
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's MFL Dept - 21 Oct
Great first day in Avignon, and the rain didn’t manage to dampen spirits! Mr Pope enjoyed showing the boys around his pied à terre... https://t.co/e3hngoQ0XL
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 21 Oct
First day of cricket training & matches. Day split up with a bit of relaxation at Jara beach resort and a cool down in the sea. #💕dubai#cricketnetballtour# . Girls coping really well in the extreme heat . https://t.co/h9UjSwYCZF
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 19 Oct
And we’re off. . Big adventure and loads of great sport ahead of us. Thanks to for the sponsorship of our travelling kit. #netball .
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 19 Oct
Massive congrats to U6th student Conor and his U21 side who won Gold this morning in the Sultan of Johor final in Malaysia. Everyone is v proud. https://t.co/plG1RLdmnk
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Oct
Our Annual Foundation Appeal launched today ⁦⁩. Our Appeal President, David Laws, was delighted to launch his campaign and meet some of our pupils. https://t.co/dQ5Xm06Usd
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 17 Oct
Busy day today for the girls. Netball county tournament . National cup game and 2nd and 3rdXI matches . Great effort girls as we get close to half term. Loads of positives and lots of areas to work with https://t.co/ApZlvfV3ne
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Golf - 16 Oct
Congratulations to Jack G for making his debut for ⁦⁩ Golf. Thanks to ⁦⁩ for hosting at the glorious ⁦⁩ and well done on the victory! https://t.co/ujr09kIiU8
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@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
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@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
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@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!😀😀
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 14 Oct
Our Fourth Form ended the day with William Blake . A fantastic silver day! https://t.co/kC7qZzBzb0
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@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
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@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
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