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 just under 800 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 Retweeted Reed's School Golf - 30 Jul
After Riccardo’s🥉in the U18 Carris Trophy, further outstanding news: James B today WON 🏆🥇the U14 North of England Champs by 6 shots, 3 cracking rounds in very difficult conditions to hold off strong competition! Well done, James! https://t.co/dEAzgMWAy4
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 30 Jul
Do you know a girl starting Year 11 in September who has lost the support of one or both parents? Applications for Sixth Form entry to for September 2022 close on 8th October. For information on our bursary criteria please visit our dedicated website. https://t.co/IC3yu9cRrj
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 26 Jul
Congratulations to Harry L for being selected for the Independent Schools representative team and getting the win versus the All England! An experience to cherish for all the players on the lawns of Wimbledon! https://t.co/Y13gzeARJo
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@ReedsSchool - 21 Jul
Hope the performance goes well tonight https://t.co/uuqoxAlkQ7
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@ReedsSchool - 21 Jul
Go Riccardo! We’ve got everything crossed for you today. A 4 shot lead is pretty impressive! https://t.co/RgVHYRbOw7
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@ReedsSchool - 20 Jul
A wonderful, historic memory of when the school was based in Watford. Thank you so much for producing this interesting brochure. https://t.co/iG2emC8cKL
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@ReedsSchool - 20 Jul
A great Association to belong to!
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Old Reedonians - 12 Jul
This photo was taken this afternoon in the rose garden before the storm! Just felt right posting it today https://t.co/ymp1Bg7VQH
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Golf - 9 Jul
Thank you to for hosting the last week, what a fabulous course and we received a very warm welcome. Our boys had a wonderful day! A close second behind a very good score, well played all! https://t.co/IkbpMBHDPY
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 9 Jul
Very good match against Sandringham School and a 4-2 win for Reed’s under 18 team at the National Schools Champs. Good luck to the team today in the semi finals v Culford! https://t.co/uJSVVzjvtZ
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Jul
Thank you - we couldn't do it all without support from fantastic organisations like yours though!
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Jul
WE WON! Thrilled to have been recognised for the fantastic work Reed's does to provide opportunities for the children in our partnership schools. Congrats to all shortlisted schools, the support that independent schools provide is life-changing for many https://t.co/yJ9uOJA1FQ
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Cricket - 8 Jul
Congratulations to our very own Phil Salt on his first international cap, completing the journey from an exciting young cricketer coming to Reed’s at 13 from Barbados, progressing to Sussex and now England! You deserve it. https://t.co/966VJBwCJk
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 8 Jul
Looking forward to our quarter final match v Sandringham School today after our last 16 win yesterday at National Schools’ Finals. https://t.co/UjvL9VmJie
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Old Reedonians - 7 Jul
Great to see & former scholar, , on the squad list for ODIs. As the describe him: 'Very exciting explosive batsman & if he's on form, the car parks are in danger." Huge congrats Phil! https://t.co/23cUiTLbJW
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 7 Jul
Great to hear the wonderful sound of excited children from who are at today for their annual Sports Day. Part of our ethos as a Foundation is to share the extensive facilities we have with our Forum schools. https://t.co/6JSFcAHFtc
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@ReedsSchool - 7 Jul
It’s such a pleasure to host you again at Reed’s. Looks like the children had a wonderful day and hope they enjoyed their lunch too!
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@ReedsSchool - 7 Jul
Looking forward to seeing you all! Grounds are ready & the catering staff are hard at work preparing your lunch. Fingers crossed for the weather!
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@ReedsSchool - 6 Jul
Fabulous to see some of our own fundraising initiatives appearing in this new film by . Delighted to be able to support this very deserving charity - our plans for this year's Movember are already in progress! https://t.co/GRY1d5cRAe
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Movember Schools UK - 6 Jul
Every year has a community of rockstars that Grow, Move and Host in their school community - havin' fun, doin' good. Check out our schools page below or get in touch at education.com to learn more! 🧑‍🎓👩‍🎓 https://t.co/XhQtOPH0BO https://t.co/CpeWLPHW1M
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