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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 - 9 Apr
Very saddened to hear of the passing of HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our deepest sympathies are extended to our Patron, HM The Queen, and the Royal family. We have many happy memories of their wonderful visit to Reed’s in 2014 to celebrate the School’s Bicentenary. https://t.co/XzaLud1Yos
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Apr
We are looking to appoint a Graduate Sports Assistant to teach & administer School sports. You'll need a proven ability to coach Netball & one of the School’s major sports (Rugby, Hockey or Cricket) if poss. Closing 20/4. For details visit: https://t.co/v48XKsTMS3 https://t.co/aTZrg25uHP
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Mr Brun's 1st Form Art class learnt about the elements of design for their ‘summer caps’ which revealed an explosion of colour and a foray into fluorescent acrylics. They may well be the perfect tactic to throw the opposition off guard in the upcoming cricket season! https://t.co/ygySj2WrGo
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
What a lovely thing to do! If you’d like to find out more about how our Foundation supports children please follow https://t.co/DKPD5q5eym
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
The benefits of blended learning were at the forefront when U6 Formers Eddie (at Reed’s) & Kiki (in Holland), worked on a practical for A Level Biology ‘together’. They were identifyng the concentration of glucose in an unknown ‘urine’ sample. https://t.co/EqPVtG3E72
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Fantastic news to end the term on! 3 pupils have received awards in the Olympiad Ian W Gold award; Danyal N Silver award & Lloyd R Copper award. 6 pupils also received awards in the . We are really proud of them all! https://t.co/oqu6tCJvox
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Just wanted to let you know the link in your bio isn't working.
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted IID Architects - 26 Mar
The new facade of the Bridgeman Building extension using glass reinforced concrete panels. The interior fit out is still in progress but these tall, thin windows give the science labs inside a great feeling of height https://t.co/kKNJZmFMRh
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 25 Mar
Today's the day! Upper Sixth Drama students are performing their Component Two pieces. Firstly some pictures from their devised work inspired by the work of and . Photos from the scripted performances and videos from both coming soon! https://t.co/krWOg6Pqsu
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 25 Mar
Lots of passion & intensity shown today with the respective U16,U17 & U18 house hockey competitions. Pretty even across the age groups with winner being announced in final assembly Friday. U14 competition tomorrow https://t.co/irjvPFm9WJ
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 25 Mar
Congrats to Miki in L6th who qualified for the British Swimming Champs this year, which is the qualification event for the Tokyo Olympics. Miki qualified for 100 and 200 Backstroke events, this is a phenomenal achievement https://t.co/zEF3dKE1bI
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Mar
We are looking to appoint an ASSISTANT GARDENER & ASSISTANT GROUNDSPERSON to join our Grounds team. Sponsorship to attend college will be provided! If you love being outdoors and are looking for a new challenge take a look: https://t.co/liCpSI2LYt Closes 6/4 https://t.co/XXOnyOMVTT
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Mar
Are you a (or aspiring teacher) of MATHS looking for a new challenge? is the most popular subject at A Level at Reed's & we're looking for another member of the dept to help deliver the subject to our students. FOR MORE INFO: https://t.co/3buEpVoOgJ CLOSES: 7/4 https://t.co/wLHh12yuJM
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Mar
Fantastic edition ! Click the link in the post to find out more about the Reed's Foundation and how our school shapes itself on the values & vision of our Founder. Plus many more interesting articles! https://t.co/UsfqOhhda9
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 22 Mar
Two days to go until the Third Form production of 'What Are They Like?' by Lucinda Coxon will be available for streaming. Available from Wednesday 7pm. https://t.co/XS7oUneel2
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Mar
Great to see that Sixth Formers doing their Gold Award in the completed a one-day Outdoor First Aid Level 1 course in preparation for their Practice Expedition in mid Wales in June. Preparation is such a key part of these awards! https://t.co/WkVyVaBMmU
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Mar
How do we value human life? This was the question posed to our Epicurean Society members who were surprised to find that the value in different countries wasn't quite what they expected in many cases. "A fascinating talk that inspired much debate" said Sam. https://t.co/jGOX9XLFh5
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Mar
2nd Form Clay Club hand built their own ceramic castle structures & learnt the skills of slab building. They also used experimental tools like spikey plastic brushes & painting with liquid clay slip Can't wait to see the finished castles! https://t.co/CSFzcEim3r
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@ReedsSchool - 18 Mar
that link doesn’t seem to work.
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