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 690 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

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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Philosophy&Religion - 25 Jun
Our Second Form are currently learning about Islam ⁦ https://t.co/ihdtSfp7bP
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Revd. Winter - 25 Jun
Visit to the East ⁦⁩ by 2nd form ⁦⁩. Warm welcome and great learning opportunity. https://t.co/v7mb2FDnOI
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@@ReedsSchool - 25 Jun
A beautiful performance ! https://t.co/ZQi5MYFijr
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 24 Jun
So delighted for our & Sir Andy. Hopefully those knock-about sessions helped a little! https://t.co/H2vyER8jZG
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@@ReedsSchool - 23 Jun
Another triumph by FORS at our summer festival. Thank you so much for organising a wonderful evening. Great to see and listen to the amazing Electric Sofa too. Listen to them on Spotify! https://t.co/d6QcPDY1xI
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 23 Jun
Great privilege for Oscar W to represent Great Britain U18 v USA in the appropriately named Paul Hutchins Trophy. Good performance as well as he moves on to Nottingham Grade 1 ITF! https://t.co/ATHw6UJZZk
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 23 Jun
Wimbledon 2019: Jack Draper - can 17-year-old prodigy unlock his true potential? Interesting article about Old Reedonian Jack Draper. Best of luck in Wimbledon qualifying this week, Jack! https://t.co/OBad5GNcFJ
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 22 Jun
https://t.co/W2GuMFFiG1. Great to see Old Reedonian Evan Hoyt back on court and fighting hard for a place at Wimbledon! Best of luck, Evan!
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 22 Jun
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Gareth Hart - 22 Jun
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@@ReedsSchool - 22 Jun
A warm welcome to Lord Wandsworth College for today’s block fixtures. Beautiful site down on 12 Acre https://t.co/PDhUnMTeqH
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@@ReedsSchool - 22 Jun
Getting ready for the FORS summer extravaganza this evening with Electric Sofa making their final appearance. The Headmaster already has his head in the stocks ready for the wet sponges! https://t.co/ICQC57MCM6
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Music - 22 Jun
About to depart from Rome Airport! Addio! Arrivederci! https://t.co/WISF1jc8sn
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@@ReedsSchool - 21 Jun
Our TENNIS SCHOOL'S Junior Autumn programme is now open for booking. There's an early bird offer of 10% off the course price if you book before 7th July so hurry! https://t.co/mKis4NksaO Learn with our fantastic team of LTA Accredited Coaches in great indoor & outdoor facilities. https://t.co/QpKL2oY7SF
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Music - 21 Jun
A beautiful day has dawned for our final excursions in Rome! https://t.co/evsdy6QjEC
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@@ReedsSchool - 21 Jun
Looks great and thrilled to see them advocating one of our very own School Values https://t.co/oOkU85Z3tI
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@@ReedsSchool - 21 Jun
Important lessons in life were shared with our 3rd & 4th Form pupils by the awesome Craig Pinkney on knife crime & youth culture. The 7 Mistakes, starting with “don’t give up”, were highlighted through role play and real experiences https://t.co/Ac7bGCWV7B
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted @ReedsEnglish - 21 Jun
Scholars Trip to the British Academy - brilliant talk by Prof. Sarah Churchwell and Dan Snow on how History can help us spot fake news. https://t.co/jTLIWHdx1j
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@@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Music - 20 Jun
An impromptu performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus under the watchful gaze of the Swiss Guard in Vatican City, metres from St Peter’s Basilica. https://t.co/vrCNn4aAMW
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@@ReedsSchool - 20 Jun
The Equality team's campaign kicked off in style today! We're encouraging all members of the Reed's School community to wear a pair on Sports Day next Friday & to sign our pledge to encourage a kinder and fairer society https://t.co/yVbwYdn608
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