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.
First Annual Foundation Appeal Dinner
HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent presides over the first Annual Foundation Appeal dinner.
School moves to Clapton
The LOA moved to Clapton. In 1826 there were 206 Foundation pupils, rising to 453 by 1860.
School moves to Watford
The LOA moves to a new site in Watford after a serious outbreak of typhus in London.
The School is renamed the London Orphan School.
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.
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.
HRH Princess Elizabeth visits Dogmersfield
HRH Princess Elizabeth visits the girls’ school at Dogmersfield, Hampshire to attend Sports Day.
The girls' school closes
The girls’ school at Dogmersfield closes and a fond farewell is bid to Kathleen Mills, much loved Headmistress.
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.
The Queen Mother visits Cobham
HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, visits Cobham to open the new boarding houses.
Girls in the Sixth Form
By 2000 there are over 40 girls in the Sixth Form for the first time ever.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Cobham
HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Cobham as part of the School’s bicentenary celebrations.