200 years in the making...
London Orphan Asylum


London Orphan Asylum

The London Orphan Asylum (LOA) was founded as a charity by Rev. Dr Andrew Reed with sites in Shoreditch for boys and Bethnal Green for girls.
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First Annual Foundation Appeal Dinner

HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent presides over the first Annual Foundation Appeal dinner.
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School moves to Clapton

The LOA moved to Clapton. In 1826 there were 206 Foundation pupils, rising to 453 by 1860.
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School moves to Watford

The LOA moves to a new site in Watford after a serious outbreak of typhus in London.
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School Renamed

The School is renamed the London Orphan School.
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School Evacuated

At the outbreak of World War II pupils and staff are evacuated. The boys go to Totnes in Devon and the girls to Towcester in Northamptonshire.
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Boys relocate to Cobham

After the end of the war, the boys relocated to the present site in Cobham with the School having been renamed Reed’s in 1939.
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HRH Princess Elizabeth visits Dogmersfield

HRH Princess Elizabeth visits the girls’ school at Dogmersfield, Hampshire to attend Sports Day.
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The girls' school closes

The girls’ school at Dogmersfield closes and a fond farewell is bid to Kathleen Mills, much loved Headmistress.
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The first fee-paying pupils start

The first fee-paying and day pupils started, easing the financial burden of running an entirely Foundation School with no fees.
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The Queen Mother visits Cobham

HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, visits Cobham to open the new boarding houses.
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Girls in the Sixth Form

By 2000 there are over 40 girls in the Sixth Form for the first time ever.
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HM Queen Elizabeth II visits Cobham

HM Queen Elizabeth II, the School's Patron at the time, visits Cobham as part of the School’s bicentenary celebrations.
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