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 - 30 Mar
This wonderful charity, supported by Blathwayt house, provides critical care & help for seriously ill children & their families but their income has dropped with fundraising events cancelled & their charity shops closed. Please support if you can, thank you! https://t.co/sW0yElHiBa
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Mar
A great idea for all our young cricketers to improve their throwing skills at home https://t.co/q8I9ZwUU8q
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Mar
This is an excellent resource of online free learning for anyone interested in stretching their minds whilst at home. It's updated regularly too. Thank you for sharing with us! https://t.co/Te7Z18GV7A
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@ReedsSchool - 30 Mar
Thank you so much for sharing it certainly looks like an excellent resource for stretching minds.
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Mar
At the end of the 1st week of Drama teachers review the essays their U6 class have completed & discuss how they can make improvements to showcase their best ideas. At the end they take a moment to reveal what scents create a calm work environment. https://t.co/RjP4mMlJPX
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Mar
Huge thanks to our wonderful team of School Nurses in the medical centre who are now in the front line working in local hospitals to help with the - some of them might even be wearing a pair of the many science goggles we donated too! https://t.co/iXd4Q1ICXE
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Mar
What a lovely message!
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Mar
An uplifting final Chapel service for all the Reed's community today. Starting with a beautiful montage of photos of the school against the singing of the ever-popular 'Jerusalem' the Chaplain explains how the celebration of can give us all in these times. https://t.co/CKX3E9tVou
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 27 Mar
Great effort this morning from Dan in the 2nd form doing his remote PE class https://t.co/Uzuis7UD6k
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Mar
Awesome staff and pupils , showing the we all need to get through this together. Hi-five from https://t.co/UrvRaqmbPd
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@ReedsSchool - 27 Mar
For the 3rd Form FutureTech 'remote' lesson Mr Irving decided to make the most of the glorious weather & challenged the boy’s engineering skills to make their own Sundial. They followed instructions online and many of them worked perfectly! https://t.co/DCXCm4PrZK
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
We can see why he plays hockey for England https://t.co/p7jU79Lr2h
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Please follow for some training videos put together by our Head of Strength & Conditioning. Keeping fit and active is so important in these unprecedented times. Thank you Mr Haining! https://t.co/uoubCxL7Il
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 26 Mar
The sun still shines For those missing the view the Magnolia tree is in full bloom out the front of the 6th form centre! https://t.co/ciYnrlJWNl
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Some very wise words from our in today’s Chapel Service. Please take the time to listen. https://t.co/kot6hNe8Va
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Drama - 26 Mar
So for our first Theatre Thursday we have a double bill of devised performances by this year's Upper Sixth Drama class. Inspired by the works of , their subject matter is Control (https://t.co/HYcGADTajc) and Social Media (https://t.co/2uixUMtd0a).
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Day 4 of . An interactive L6th English lesson with 14 pupils studying 'A Streetcar Named Desire' provided some insightful thinking and discussion. https://t.co/9NFoB7825o
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 26 Mar
1st Form rugby activity for today courtesy of Mr Braithwaite. There are a lot more resources on the Firefly page: https://t.co/ZB85Zklqc2 https://t.co/dNSjfKntAU
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@ReedsSchool - 26 Mar
Great initiative keeping the pupils busy & focused! https://t.co/jRMmKESVd9
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