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 Tennis - 15 Oct
It’s been a fabulous week for our Year 7/8 tennis team as they gain wins over strong Wilson’s and Sevenoaks sides to qualify for the South region finals. Well done boys, the road to Bolton continues! https://t.co/m5WNYS5TEv
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Oct
We kicked off our campaign for & with a day - the community certainly turned out in force with pink unicorns, flamingos & an abundance of pink tutus! Some fun challenges at lunchtime added to the spirit of the day. https://t.co/zrQCGAxkR4
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Oct
The 2nd Form enjoyed an informative day out to Bletchley Park with the Maths dept yesterday. From a code-breaking workshop to learning that Bletchley Park had 9,000 operatives working at the site during WW2 the boys had a fascinating day! https://t.co/60nIKQ88ok
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 13 Oct
Today we welcomed children from to Reed's School to participate in one of our most popular outreach activities - Launch Car Challenge. Fantastic to see so much creativity and enthusiasm! https://t.co/7ECqO6Agll
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@ReedsSchool - 13 Oct
Congratulations that’s fantastic news! https://t.co/HVArUIETfz
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 11 Oct
Arts Award pupils enjoyed a lovely and productive day in central London. Lots to write about their qualification. https://t.co/sSGy27eGf3
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 11 Oct
Fourth Form Bronze pupils from are at the checking out the Sneakers Unboxed exhibition. Engaged for days! https://t.co/PLKByUteEn
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 9 Oct
Great work seeing field 5 U18 sides in the week & provide sport for all. Equally pleasing to see the Girls 1sts win both in Tier 1 cup & this week &performance
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 9 Oct
An entertaining and topical production of ‘East Is East’ at the have got these Fourth Form Drama scholars all psyched up for their own performance tomorrow evening. https://t.co/WJmDADOxUC
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Oct
STEM teaching at Reed's is outstanding! If you'd like to join our team of dedicated STEM teachers take a look at the VACANCIES we have for MATHS, CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS. Examination results are excellent & facilities exceptional. More info: https://t.co/dkBjUoVfLS CLOSES 14/10/21 https://t.co/hRdggFS2Q0
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Oct
Proving the theory of 'learning by doing' Dr Tam's L6 biologists enjoyed learning how the makeup of a protein determines its shape & function. Each student represented an amino acid & 'interactions' between them determined the final shape of the protein! https://t.co/ceiAUuEbcR
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Oct
Parlez-vous français? Would you be interested in a part-time (12 hrs/wk) position as a FRENCH LANGUAGE ASSISTANT? You'd work on a 1-2-1 basis & with larger groups of pupils to prepare them for oral exams. More information visit: https://t.co/mDG564wnRw Closes: 5/11/21 https://t.co/f7WnhVqrPe
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 8 Oct
It's a Drama Department double whammy weekend: tonight Fourth Form Drama Scholars are off to see 'East is East' at the and tomorrow the Fourth Form Drama class are performing a devised piece about bias at the , Rhoda McGaw Theatre.
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@ReedsSchool - 7 Oct
U6 biologists braved changing weather in Wales on a field trip to develop skills. From mark release recapture sampling techniques on crabs to learning about succession on a saltmarsh - an incredible opportunity for hands on experience! https://t.co/Ai1A12U6BD
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 6 Oct
Foundation Applications for Sixth Form entry in Sept 2022 to Reed's School must be received by THIS FRIDAY! https://t.co/EPvaGOshOV
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Andrew Reed Foundation - 5 Oct
We are grateful for the commitment and devotion shown by all the teaching staff towards nurturing our Foundation pupils, many of whom have experienced terrible trauma or tragedy. Thank you! https://t.co/LfdmNtf3cl
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Old Reedonians - 5 Oct
runners...there were lots raising money for some great causes. But a big shout out to our heroes (inc 3 ORs) who were awesome. From the children whose lives you're going to change , thank you! https://t.co/hryKeYMZwv
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted HMC Teaching Careers - 4 Oct
New job vacancy at Reed's School Teacher of Economics and Business https://t.co/4gqc3SdAtl
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted HMC Teaching Careers - 4 Oct
New job vacancy at Reed's School Teacher of English https://t.co/nU2GvMbZE5
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