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

Reed's In The News

@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 16 Jul
Pre-Season dates for the upcoming season below. This season the 1st XV will be supporting If you are looking for some motivation follow https://t.co/6nQq63zZNh
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 16 Jul
So brilliant yet another (Br18) is recognised for success of a Champ . Superb write-ups across the press Tom; we knew you were going far! Well done from , & https://t.co/D0HyNief2k https://t.co/zVPY5TVAvd
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 13 Jul
Well done to our senior boys tennis team who today finished Runners Up at the National Schools Champs. It was super close with our young team going down 10-8 in the shoot out Champs tie-break!Well done and we look forward to the 19/20 season which starts in September https://t.co/mTOLpajLkR
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 12 Jul
Congrats to who overcame in the National Final today. Epic encounter which was decided in a tiebreak shootout after it finished 3 rubbers all.
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 12 Jul
And so the & links go on... A great BBC article about OR Andrew Bettles (Br10) and how he coached Svitolina to semi-final success. https://t.co/i0sPCt1qxd https://t.co/4jayl5shmF
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 12 Jul
Excited for our Under 18 National Final v Merchiston Castle! Best of luck to the boys! https://t.co/q68nh5m3W5
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@ReedsSchool - 12 Jul
A week into the summer holidays & it’s busy here at Reed’s. Sixth Form House refurbishment is on the final stage & the grounds team are looking for a needle in a haystack - aka the rugby pitch markers! https://t.co/kXYGmTGayt
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@ReedsSchool - 12 Jul
Reed's School are now on Instagram! Follow us there for more news & stories. https://t.co/FPA861NYhz https://t.co/xPkBVy8rmT
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@ReedsSchool - 12 Jul
New Instagram account for Reed’s School! Very excited about sharing our news & stories with everyone. Please follow! @ Reed's School https://t.co/pcfuMYtAsP
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's Sport & PE - 11 Jul
Congrats to for their incredibly hard fought win today v a strong in the National semi. Once again a cracking advert for . Good luck tomorrow in the final & does the year that keeps giving have 1 more moment
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 11 Jul
Great article about Old Reedonian Andy Bettles, coaching Elina Svitolina in the Wimbledon semi final today! Best of luck from all at Reed’s! https://t.co/hwFp0cyEyY
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 11 Jul
A very good 5-1 win today for v Coopers Company and Coborn at the National Schools Champs. Looking forward to SF tomorrow v Millfield!
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 10 Jul
Looking forward to Day 2 at the National Schools Champs. Following a win over Rugby yesterday, today we face Coopers Coborn and Conpany. https://t.co/arcHT64tgJ
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@ReedsSchool - 10 Jul
Delighted to be able to share our amazing facilities here with for their annual Sports Day today! Athletics in the morning & a choice of sports in the afternoon after a yummy lunch of burgers & chips in our Dining Hall. Hope you had a fabulous day! https://t.co/mxVe1J6N00
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 10 Jul
Delighted that & former scholar, Hoyt (Bl13) is through to the 1/4 finals of Mixed Doubles match at , beating Vliegen and Zheng with his partner Eden Silva this morning. https://t.co/0KMa5Fwtmc https://t.co/0guvXnxbr4
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted OldReedonians - 8 Jul
We've been donated a fab golf prize by a generous parent to raise funds for Calabash Trust, the South African educational charity supported by . A round of golf & breakfast for 3 at The Wisley. Submit your bid to smatthews.surrey.sch.uk by 19/7 (starting @£200) https://t.co/2PFHLeyqmm
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@ReedsSchool - 8 Jul
Very excited and perfect timing for the build to start in the summer holidays! https://t.co/Y3WlM3y86u
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@ReedsSchool - 6 Jul
Tom Hancock, School Captain, reflects on the support given by teachers at Reed’s. So much more than exam grades - it’s the experiences here that shape you. https://t.co/2vMu54Lwch
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@ReedsSchool - 6 Jul
School Captain, Serena Fleming, tells us the most important qualities she’s learnt at Reed’s is self confidence. One of the hardest things to achieve but with so many opportunities here it’s possible. https://t.co/km2YL0TLqC
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@ReedsSchool - 6 Jul
Jon Snow closes by urging us all to consider the environment & commit to making a difference. “Love yourself, love your family & love your planet” https://t.co/WoyojlaEIC
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