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

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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
And just to add - a HUGE thank you to all the parent and staff volunteers who helped us get through the testing of our 770 pupils. We couldn't have done it without you!
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
We are really looking forward to pupils returning to Reed's on Monday. The last 2 days have been spent testing all our pupils, ensuring its safe for everyone to come back on site. This is the quiet before the pupils arrive - they'll be buzzing with excitement! https://t.co/ZSaDD0ZxEv
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
A group of GCSE physicists planning to take the subject at A-level took part in a Particle Physics Day Webinar hosted by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Topics ranged from The Standard Model to particle accelerators. The day ended with a fun quiz! https://t.co/5sNHkeoTIg
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
In 1st Form DT this week, pupils were inspired by the championships to create their own record-beating designs. Drag, aerodynamics, glide & stability affected their designs. Next week they can test out their creations in the workshops at school! https://t.co/PVZYrl4gcJ
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
Mrs Bruneau held remote cookery classes this week - conducted in French of course! The boys learnt imperatives (instructions), the vocab for the ingredients, kitchen utensils & quantities and showed off their culinary skills by making ‘crêpes sucrées’! Bon appétit! https://t.co/s6iQBClWjL
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
L6 students had a virtual presentation on applications - part of our HE programme. It covered all aspects of the process & gave guidance for preparing applications. OR Adam Shaffer shared his experience of studying Engineering at Jesus College, Oxford. https://t.co/oEc1DIGd4I
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@ReedsSchool - 5 Mar
In the final day of school closures the dept are celebrating the magnificent ensembles & that have persevered with over the past few weeks. The Wind Band finished off the week with a fun session. Live music making will resume next week! https://t.co/JAyiGiIyO6
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@ReedsSchool - 4 Mar
For our English dept have a 'Masked Reader' competition. Teachers read passages from well-known books 'masked' as anything from a fish to an alien! Pupils have to guess the teacher & the book. Wonder which teacher will be the hardest to guess? https://t.co/rWfDz0kQpV
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@ReedsSchool - 2 Mar
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@ReedsSchool - 1 Mar
As part of our CPHSE programme 4th Form pupils attended an invaluable virtual Drug & Alcohol Awareness presentation given by Asha Fowells from The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. This gave pupils lots of information & very pertinent advice. https://t.co/GsAJ8s2PrX
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Feb
Mr Whiteley’s L6 Business class looked at Quality Management. Students had to find something they considered to be high quality. The diverse range of products found (Doc Marten boots, a Swiss watch & a North Face jacket) showed that its a wide-ranging concept! https://t.co/bvdvv2RjbE
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Feb
Congratulations to Callum W (L6) whose art is displayed in an exhibition 'Contagious Creativity' in . He's had some amazing feedback for his work - made using a technique called 'candle smoke' where smoke from lit candles creates images. https://t.co/UqtmamYTvl
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Feb
As part of our 'Preparing for the Future' programme pupils in the Second Form learnt about Leadership styles & mindsets. "It was inspiring...by following these guidelines we can become very successful leaders in the future too!" https://t.co/wlcfDlaR0u
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Feb
Huge congratulations to Will Everitt, Music Scholar, who has been nominated for the Marvin Hamlisch International Awards for the Youth Jazz Composition Category. This is a major international competition & we are very proud of Will for this magnificent achievement! https://t.co/5mUTsY758B
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Feb
CLOSING DATE: The closing date for applications for these positions is midday on Wednesday 10th March 2021 & interviews will be held on application.
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Feb
Due to the huge popularity of these subjects we need more Biology, Chemistry & Physics teachers! If you are an experienced teacher or a graduate who's thought about teaching - please consider joining us! We offer a generous set of benefits INFO: https://t.co/B4y9Tmd0wt ....Contd https://t.co/HcvTgKNM5C
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@ReedsSchool - 25 Feb
As part of our FutureTech STEM curriculum pupils in Yr 9 will learn about Blau Syndrome, a rare autoinflammatory disease. Felix's sister, Lexi passed away in 2019 from Blau Syndrome. You can find out more about their story in this short film: https://t.co/x2DYrFcyp4 https://t.co/V2sa3P9pGZ
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Feb
Fantastic to see James M's cardboard computer feature on 's programme in a feature celebrating 40 years since the BBC Micro considered to be the first machine to introduce coding to schools in the '80s. Watch it here: https://t.co/FKQKyE7wlA https://t.co/bPsca3Shfs
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@ReedsSchool - 16 Feb
It’s an absolute pleasure we hope the children have fun with them! https://t.co/8DjD1DAt9y
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Cricket - 13 Feb
A huge thank you to FORS for their generosity in purchasing the NV Play live streaming and analysis package. Pupils of all ages will benefit whilst parents will be able to watch from home or work. Looking forward to playing this summer. https://t.co/6mxCt2DThg
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