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 - 23 Aug
6th Formers in Port Elizabeth have been doing some amazing work for a township Primary School: teaching classes; building a shelter for plants; developing a play area; paving an area of mud for assemblies & painting a beautiful mural! https://t.co/U6lebQI8kW
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Aug
Joseph shares his amazing GCSE results with his parents – big smiles all round in this record-breaking year of results at Reed’s. https://t.co/Uc5OiRabVB
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Aug
Lloyd, Seb, Ethan, Joe, Charlie and Adam racked up an amazing 58 grades 9/8 GCSEs between them! Pictured standing with a statue of our founder, Andrew Reed - he would have been very of them! https://t.co/x47Y9YBys1
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@ReedsSchool - 22 Aug
Celebrating another record-breaking year at GCSE! 95% of grades at A*-B (9-6), 73% at A*/A (9-7) and A*(9-8) were 52%, 5% up from last year, with half at the highest grade of 9. This outstanding performance continues our 3 year trend of record-breaking results https://t.co/tnN5Bj8HOg
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted HMC - 21 Aug
See the thoughts of Alesya, a former bursary pupil who experienced poverty and family dysfunction before boarding at Reed's and going on to get a first class honours degree from the University of Exeter. https://t.co/tpsgySn0oA
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 21 Aug
Another strong effort in the final conditioning session with Pitch time next week then we head to for the Festival. https://t.co/4qYYZYPbnw
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 16 Aug
Tough start to Senior pre-season with conditioning session from Tristan & Holly https://t.co/iOJR56Cefy
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Royal College of Music - 15 Aug
Congratulations! Looking forward to welcoming Gregor to the RCM in September 🎉
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Aug
Jamie, Georgia & Tom doing the obligatory before they go to Nottingham for Environmental Biology (Jamie) & Durham for Geography (both Georgia & Tom). We'll miss all of our students heading off to exciting futures! https://t.co/aNPpaTR8iZ
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Aug
More happy faces! Adam S goes to Durham with an amazing 4A* grades, Adam M to Warwick with 1A* and 3As and Joe is off to Edinburgh after gaining 3 As and a B. Thrilled for them & all our students who have achieved excellent A level results! https://t.co/SfNfiW1e0i
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Aug
Matthew, Gregor and Ivan are very happy with their A level results! Matthew (3A*s, 1A) is off to Bath for Aerospace Engineering, Gregor (2A*s, 1A) has a scholarship to and Ivan (4A*s) goes to Warwick to study Accounting & Finance. Best of luck boys! https://t.co/LsXzC4TEls
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Aug
Very of the 4 students who gained their places at Cambridge. Marcus will read Archaeology, Sam will read Classics, Abbey will read Geography and Hannah (not pictured) Natural Sciences. They gained 11 A* grades and 2 As between them at A level! https://t.co/tWSY6qDKd5
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Aug
Congratulations to twins, Thomas and Pierce, who have worked really hard to gain their places to study Vet Science and Medicine after excellent A level results. Who says sibling rivalry doesn't pay off! https://t.co/ce0UELJFxp
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@ReedsSchool - 15 Aug
Amazing A level results today for students at Reed's with 48% A*/A grades, best in recent years! Almost a third of students gained at least 3 A grades and 9 achieved at least 3 A*s. Congratulations to you all we are very . https://t.co/DUhqlE44g0
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Rugby - 13 Aug
The 1st & 2nd XV shirts have arrived, ready for the new season. The 1st XV players are supporting and are planning to raise money over the season for the Charity. https://t.co/ZQMn40almW
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted Reed's School Tennis - 12 Aug
Fantastic for Old Reedonian Jack Draper winning back to back 25K Futures titles!! https://t.co/542SK5CviI
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@ReedsSchool - 12 Aug
Thanks we are thrilled with the new site, it's everything we wanted & more. https://t.co/1mAY31wbOd
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@ReedsSchool Retweeted HMC - 12 Aug
HMC has long campaigned for more reliable and transparent exam grading. Our desire is for all pupils, parents and teachers to be fully informed about the true reliability of exam grades and how best to challenge particularly surprising results. https://t.co/pzmhNTmGGL
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@ReedsSchool - 11 Aug
Reed’s pupils have led after school clubs as well as 94 tie dye shirts for the Grade 7 pupils at the Isaac Boi. They have also hosted a successful sports day (Rugby, Football, Netball) yesterday at Isaac Boi with lots of other Calabash schools in attendance https://t.co/7SvbS3Srjv
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@ReedsSchool - 11 Aug
Some of the project work completed at Isaac Boi this week including the mural, paving, playground refurb and the watertanks. https://t.co/BPl9k7ZEFI
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