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 - 4 Jul
Wishing all the Reed's community a wonderful summer and looking forward to being back together in September! https://t.co/ekUco2ucnZ
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@ReedsSchool - 4 Jul
Musical interludes from our Brass Choir & 6th Form Band, Sarca singing 'Better Days', a song they wrote about lockdown. An exhibition of fabulous artwork & a presentation of photos, along with some lovely messages to 2020 Leavers from 2019 Leavers, concluded the event.... https://t.co/7ng5z7BFsZ
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@ReedsSchool - 4 Jul
Summer Term at Reed's has ended on a high with our Virtual ! Celebrating another fantastic year with heartfelt speeches from School Captains, Paul and Hannah, the Headmaster, Chair of Governors & our guest speaker, Rt Hon David Laws....contd https://t.co/Yrko6ntQPO
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@ReedsSchool - 3 Jul
We were delighted to welcome back pupils from L6 and 4th Form again this week. L6 had their Personal Development Week in which, alongside UCAS preparation meetings, they took part in some fun games like Giant Jenga, Boules and Welly Wanging. https://t.co/nBwnfDWei7
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@ReedsSchool - 3 Jul
COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHER needed for Sept 2020! if you're a qualified teacher with the ability to teach Computer Science across the age range then please consider joining us. For more details: https://t.co/zv4CBuHAFa Closes 14/7 https://t.co/9GSKp9yZK1
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 1 Jul
Not the weather we had hoped but a great Return 2 Rugby session. Catch & Pass, Conditioning & Kicking Golf. Small groups working well and having fun. https://t.co/YieaEWdATW
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@ReedsSchool - 1 Jul
Ooh - that sounds very exciting https://t.co/rEtFjgo3dj
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Jun
With fantastic engagement from the pupils ended with pledges to make a change in their lives to help our planet, as together they can make a difference! From using less energy to cycling to school our pupils have shown their commitment. https://t.co/iLkQxBza6E
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Jun
session 3 involved a Plastic Audit. Pupils had to document the plastic in their homes to work out what is necessary, a luxury or irresponsible, then split the items into single use, recyclable and long-lasting. The results were intriguing! https://t.co/V4QQ1UO1em
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Jun
For Session 2 of pupils had to make lunch that was good for the and (where poss) to choose sustainably-sourced food. Lentil burgers, vegan pasta, freshly-laid eggs & halloumi wraps were amongst the delicious creations that the boys came up with! https://t.co/ZrDInFhTde
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Jun
In Session 1 of pupils carried out an environmental audit at home then developed an action plan for the future. From planting seeds, turning off electricity, making recycling bins to joining the boys came up with excellent ideas! https://t.co/xfbxNkxwQ2
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 30 Jun
The First Form pupils really smashed out of the park today as they performed self-written monologues for the Drama-in-an-Afternoon competition. Congratulations to the winners who are pictured here. https://t.co/Wgx2u6YdX3
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Jun
Today is Day at Reed's! Pupils will spend the day completing activities at home that will allow them to reflect on what they can do to make our lives, school and community more sustainable. The Goals are easy for us all to try & follow. https://t.co/ADVjojgEGV
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 29 Jun
Reunion Day Pt II: tough call by Ms St-Gallay to complete Shakespearean quotes. Luckily, we had young brains & experienced on board! Was interesting for ORs to find out what digital learning has been like too. Thks Miss https://t.co/5M0q8HYrCL
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@ReedsSchool - 29 Jun
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic DESIGN TECHNOLOGY TECHNICIAN to help ensure lessons are correctly resourced & set up & provide in-class support. The department occupies our purpose-built facility, FutureTech. This is a term-time only position! https://t.co/olwO17tv20 https://t.co/jeyXh8aMrb
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@ReedsSchool - 29 Jun
We are looking to recruit someone with excellent subject knowledge to teach Psychology at A Level. Applications welcome from candidates with or without formal teaching qualification and a part or full time position would be considered. More info: https://t.co/olwO17tv20 https://t.co/KX0ykz37IB
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 29 Jun
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 26 Jun
Don't forget to check your inboxes tomorrow for details of our Virtual Reunion Day on Sunday 28th June! BTW, anyone remember where this iconic statue is sited at ? https://t.co/jCl4YR9AHq
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Hockey - 26 Jun
Good fun session ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ with ⁦⁩ 1sts this afternoon. Looking forward to the same again tomorrow with the Boys 1sts. https://t.co/ah4CgAfsBF
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Jun
Our Virtual set a variety of fun challenges! From a 2km run, hitting a target with a home-made shot putt, flipping the bottle to keepy-ups with a football pupils loved them all. The final challenge was to find 'something you've done that makes you proud' https://t.co/Vtu1oyRjW6
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