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REED’S FOUNDATION TIMELINE
200 years in the making...
London Orphan Asylum

1813

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.
London Orphan Asylum

1815

First Annual Foundation Appeal Dinner

HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent presides over the first Annual Foundation Appeal dinner.
London Orphan Asylum

1823

School moves to Clapton

The LOA moved to Clapton. In 1826 there were 206 Foundation pupils, rising to 453 by 1860.
London Orphan Asylum

1871

School moves to Watford

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

1915

School Renamed

The School is renamed the London Orphan School.
London Orphan Asylum

1939

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
London Orphan Asylum

1946

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.
London Orphan Asylum

1946

HRH Princess Elizabeth visits Dogmersfield

HRH Princess Elizabeth visits the girls’ school at Dogmersfield, Hampshire to attend Sports Day.
London Orphan Asylum

1955

The girls' school closes

The girls’ school at Dogmersfield closes and a fond farewell is bid to Kathleen Mills, much loved Headmistress.
London Orphan Asylum

1958

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.
London Orphan Asylum

1959

The Queen Mother visits Cobham

HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, visits Cobham to open the new boarding houses.
London Orphan Asylum

2000

Girls in the Sixth Form

By 2000 there are over 40 girls in the Sixth Form for the first time ever.
London Orphan Asylum

2014

HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Cobham

HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Cobham as part of the School’s bicentenary celebrations.
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