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 - 16 Sep
Fantastic to have Dr Michael Englard in Assembly today inspiring pupils to think about some of the world’s "wicked" problems: climate change, knife crime, data ethics & social media. Keen to follow the progress of developments at the London Interdisciplinary School https://t.co/2tSOkzkMyd
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@ReedsSchool - 16 Sep
If you'd like to come and see Chris Difford in concert at Reed's in a collaboration with our amazingly talented musicians you'd better be quick! Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 7pm. Last few tickets are available here: https://t.co/hpjJpBrclh https://t.co/R24z79AyFh
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 15 Sep
Good semi final wins for our Year 8 and Year 10 teams in the Surrey Round of the National Schools Comp. Looking forward to the Surrey Finals in a couple of weeks!
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 15 Sep
Big thanks to for coming over yesterday for a cracking game with our 3rd XI. Love seeing so many girls playing their first ever hockey match after just a week with us. 2-2 draw with Charlotte C scoring both & Olivia B playing her 1st game in goal .
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@ReedsSchool - 14 Sep
Great to see our ORs watching today’s 1st XV game in style this afternoon https://t.co/2BWz6ty6BJ
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@ReedsSchool - 14 Sep
Well done to all players today in our block fixture against KCS Wimbledon. A promising start to the season https://t.co/VHwQbOU9XC
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@ReedsSchool - 14 Sep
A very busy Open Morning here today. The Sports Hall was packed for the Headmaster and School Captain’s addresses. If you didn’t make it today the next Open Morning is on Sat 9th November. https://t.co/BTRzqqikLT
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Rainbow Trust - 13 Sep
Another amazing year for Blathwayt House at who have raised £3582.16! This brings them to an incredible total of £11,913 raised to date. We are very excited to work with them again this year - thank you for your support! https://t.co/dqF0GIaTtL
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@ReedsSchool - 12 Sep
We're looking for another Biology teacher to join our successful, expanding Science Department in Jan 2020. Reed's is well-known for its innovative approach to STEM learning, through our FutureTech programme. Competitive salary & great benefits! Details: https://t.co/A39eM5E8N5 https://t.co/BRyfMymVjv
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@ReedsSchool - 11 Sep
Great to see you highlighted on here for your commitment to https://t.co/GBcBqMhkLj
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 11 Sep
Look who came to visit yesterday: 2018 Zara Freeman, Molly Ohayon, Serena Walker, Kitty Roberts, Jia Naveed and today's birthday girl, Anna Meyler! Lovely to see you back ladies, even though it feels like you've never been away! https://t.co/Cgjth4E0bh
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 11 Sep
This year both the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth Drama students will be performing at the on Saturday 12th October. Do come and support their efforts. Tickets available at https://t.co/P7qrTWtyhF https://t.co/a5ManqS5W5
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 9 Sep
After a good set of fixtures on Saturday it was staff inset today looking at and as well as our medical provision. Many thanks to all who gave up their Sunday. https://t.co/iRT7drlSD7
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Girls' Sport - 9 Sep
Big thanks to & for coming yesterday for our annual start of season triangular. Lots of good hockey played and good luck to all for your seasons https://t.co/vO5rqB1HjA
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@ReedsSchool - 7 Sep
Reed’s Girls 1st and 2nds played some great hockey in today’s tournament - augurs well for the season ahead. https://t.co/PRckJEuXqq
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@ReedsSchool - 7 Sep
Great to start the term with a block fixture against Gordon’s School https://t.co/nocMn0FhnI
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 7 Sep
First set of auditions for this term’s plays were packed. So glad to see so many new students wanting to get involved along with our current drama legends.
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 6 Sep
Rugby starts tomorrow with fixtures against with all games played Following the school games there is the Recent Leavers against Invitation XV. https://t.co/UvwpEAMLMv
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Sep
After wishing a very warm welcome to new pupils during Induction Day yesterday, today we welcomed all pupils back to Reed's. It was lovely to see them all looking so happy to be back & greeting friends they hadn't seen for a while. Here's to another exciting year! https://t.co/VAYrKRaDPI
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